Thursday, January 31, 2013
Ravens finishing off teams in second half
By Jamison Hensley
NEW ORLEANS -- In these playoffs, the Baltimore Ravens have been slow starters and strong finishers.
Baltimore has outscored its opponents, 52-17, after halftime in these playoffs. That 35-point margin in the second half and overtime is the second-largest in the postseason over the last 10 years. Only the 2006 Colts, who outscored teams by 38 points in the second half during that postseason, have been more impressive than the Ravens in finishing off teams, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
"We’ve been put in a situation where we’ve had to step it up to win the game," Ravens guard Marshal Yanda said. "At halftime, we understood, if something didn't change, we would probably lose the game. We just rose to the occasion and guys stepped up and made plays. That’s what the difference in the games have been."
The Ravens have to figure out a way to get on track quicker in games. In this postseason, Baltimore's offense has scored just one touchdown in the first quarter, punting five times and fumbling once.