Webster exposed by Flacco, Ravens

December, 23, 2012
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BALTIMORE -- It has not been a good season for Corey Webster.

Viewed as the Giants' top cornerback at the start of the year, Webster has been beaten on many big plays in 2012. And that only continued in the Giants' 33-14 loss to the Ravens.

"He would probably be the first one to tell you that he wishes he was better (on Sunday)," said coach Tom Coughlin.

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AP Photo/Gail BurtonIt was another rough night for Corey Webster.
Webster walked past reporters in the Giants' locker room, without comment on his own play.

The trouble started early. On the Ravens' opening drive, following a Giants three-and-out, Joe Flacco connected with Torrey Smith on a six-yard touchdown pass, with Webster on the coverage.

Baltimore also found the end zone on its second drive of the game. Flacco scored on a 1-yard run, but the touchdown was set up by a 43-yard completion to Smith -- again with Webster on the coverage.

Entering Week 16, the Giants as a team had given up the most 30-plus passing-yard plays in the NFL this season, with 25, according to ESPN Stats & Information. They gave up two more against the Ravens after the Smith catch, and all three proved very costly.

On the second, the Ravens were facing a 3rd-and-19 at the Giants' 48-yard line, midway through the second quarter. The Giants had cut the deficit to 14-7, and had a chance to force a punt and try to tie up the game before halftime.

Instead, Flacco connected with Anquan Boldin on a 39-yard reception, which set up a Ravens field goal.

The third one also came on a 3rd-and-19 play, on the Ravens' second possession of the third quarter. This time, Flacco found Dennis Pitta for a 36-yard gain -- with Webster once more on the coverage.

That drive ended up being the biggest nail in the Giants' coffin -- a 16-play, 82-yard march that took almost eight minutes off the clock. The Ravens only scored a field goal, but by then it was 27-7, and the Giants looked cooked.

Webster was also flagged for a 17-yard pass interference penalty on that drive.

"Corey is a great player and Corey has always been a great player for us," said Giants safety Antrel Rolle, in defense of his teammate. "It seems like they were targeting him and targeting him and he made some plays and some plays he wasn’t able to make."

As a whole, the Giants have been victimized by opposing quarterbacks this season. Entering Sunday's game, they were ranked 28th in the league in opponents' passing yards per game, at 253.7.

Flacco broke the 300-yard barrier on Sunday, finishing 25-for-36 for 309 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

It isn't just the secondary's fault. The Giants' pass rush continues to be practically invisible -- Big Blue had just one sack of Flacco.

There's plenty of blame to go around. But it's a game Webster surely would like to forget.
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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