Monday, November 7, 2011
Upon Further Review: Ravens
By Jamison Hensley
Revisiting the Baltimore Ravens' 23-20 win at the Pittsburgh Steelers:
Has Joe Flacco finally figured out the Steelers defense?
The Ravens quarterback has led last-minute comebacks in his past two regular-season trips to Heinz Field. In sweeping the Steelers this season, Flacco threw three touchdowns in the season opener and passed for 300 yards on Sunday night.
This wasn't always the case for Flacco against his AFC North rival. He had one touchdown and five interceptions against Pittsburgh in three meetings as a rookie. In 2009, Flacco was sacked nine times in two showdowns with the Steelers.
But Flacco's fortune turned when he rallied the Ravens in October 2010, throwing a game-winning 18-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh with 32 seconds remaining at Heinz Field. He continued his run of success Sunday night when he hit Torrey Smith for the winning 26-yard touchdown with eight seconds remaining.
In his two games against Pittsburgh this season, Flacco has completed 59 percent of his passes for 524 total yards. He's thrown four touchdowns and has zero interceptions for a 97.6 quarterback rating.
STAT THAT STICKS: 5 -- Catches by backup tight end Dennis Pitta on Sunday night, all of which converted third downs. In comparison, the Steelers converted seven third downs as a team.
OVERHEARD: "We can put the Steelers behind us now. Nobody gave us a chance coming into tonight. Everybody thought the first game was a fluke. So, we had to come in here and prove everybody wrong once again and prove that we were the better team. We want to continue to get better and win the AFC North." Wide receiver Anquan Boldin after the Ravens' first sweep of the Steelers since 2006, the last time they won the division.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Ravens (6-2) play at the Seahawks (2-6), which marks the second trip to Seattle in franchise history. The Ravens' only other game in Seattle was 2007, when Baltimore lost 27-6 in Troy Smith's first NFL start.