All week the Baltimore Ravens blog will look at the five plays that ruined the team's season. Let's continue the countdown with the No. 3 play:
WHEN: Sept. 29, 2013
WHERE: A 23-20 loss in Buffalo
THE PLAY: Joe Flacco's fifth and final interception that came with 57 seconds left in the game.
WHAT THEY SAID: Flacco after the game: “We were just trying to make a play. I was just trying to have Dallas [Clark] come across the safety’s face and stick one in there and keep the chains moving. They made a nice play, nice catch.”
WHY IT RUINED THE RAVENS' SEASON: Joe Flacco, who wasn't picked off in four playoff games during the Ravens' Super Bowl run, threw a career-worst five interceptions. The last one was the back-breaker for the Ravens. With 64 seconds remaining, the Ravens were in Bills' territory and only needed to get 15 more yards to get in field-goal range to tie the game. But, on third-and-8, Flacco tried to go over the middle to Clark. The pass was tipped by safety Da'Norris Searcy, and it was picked off by a diving Kiko Alonso.
This loss really set the tone for the Ravens' struggles on the road in 2013. It also foreshadowed Flacco's turnover problem that season. But this interception proved to be the worst one of the year.