- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Situation: The Ravens took over at their 12 after Geno Smith's first interception, leading 12-3 -- a game of all field goals.
What Happened: After a 3-yard run by Ray Rice, a 14-yard reception by Torrey Smith and a Jets penalty. Flacco showed off his powerful right arm, launching a bomb to Jones. He was covered off the line by rookie corneback Dee Milliner, but the Jets were in "quarters" coverage -- meaning four across in the back. Jones beat Milliner and got behind safety Ed Reed. A receiver shouldn't get behind a defense in quarters coverage, prompting Rex Ryan to call it a "Ripley's" play. Well, believe it or not, Flacco beat the Jets defense, which continued its struggle against the long ball.
The Impact: Chances are, the Ravens would have won anyway, considering they already had a two-possession lead against the Jets' inept offense. But Flacco-to-Jones was the back breaker on a couple of levels: They hit the Jets where it hurt, a home-run ball against their vulnerable secondary. In the process, they exploited Reed, the former Ravens great. It also was a boost for Flacco, who previously had no touchdown passes longer than 20 yards. Checkmate.