Monday, September 24, 2012
Upon further review: Ravens
By Jamison Hensley
Revisiting the Baltimore Ravens' 31-30 victory over the New England Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium:
There was a debate after last season's AFC Championship Game as to whether Joe Flacco outplayed Tom Brady. There's no such argument when it comes to Sunday night's game.
Flacco was the better quarterback in the clutch and was the reason why the Ravens came back from nine points down to beat the Patriots.
In the fourth quarter, Flacco completed 12-of-15 passes for 161 yards and one touchdown. His QBR was 99.1.
In comparison, Brady was 5-of-9 for 41 yards in the fourth with no touchdowns. His QBR was 35.7.
"It was fantastic, it was elite," Harbaugh said. "To me, Joe is a great quarterback. This is what we’ve been saying for five years. He has a tremendous supporting cast of players and coaches. It’s not surprising in any way. He is not going to be perfect -- none of us are. But, what you saw out there is Joe Flacco, that’s who he is as a football player.”
This was not the same Flacco in Philadelphia, where he was 2-of-6 in a potential game-winning drive. But Flacco always seems to rebound. In games after a defeat since the start of the 2010 season, Flacco has averaged 284.1 yards passing with 19 touchdowns and four interceptions.
STAT THAT STICKS: 15 -- Wins the Ravens produced the previous 12 seasons when trailing after three quarters. But the Ravens got their 16th on Sunday night. Baltimore's winning percentage since 2000 when trailing after three quarters is now .208.
OVERHEARD: "Our team just fights, period. We just have a bunch of guys that will just not quit. Sometimes you win, and sometimes you don't. Tonight, we won." Harbaugh on his team coming back from a 13-point deficit in the first quarter and a nine-point one in the fourth.
WHAT'S NEXT: Baltimore (2-1) has its third nationally televised game in four weeks when it plays host to the Browns (0-3) on Thursday night. The Ravens had been winless on Thursday night games (0-3) before beating the 49ers on Thanksgiving last season.