Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Drive of the game: Ravens put it away
By Ohm Youngmisuk
The Ravens had several drives that could be classified as drive of the game.
Baltimore's first drive -- a 14-play, 73-yard touchdown drive that ate up more than five minutes -- set the tone and made it clear that the Ravens were going to have their way with the Giants' defense.
Ray Rice's 27-yard catch and run sent the Ravens into the half with a 24-7 lead.
But the possession of the game was Baltimore's last scoring drive of the first half.
The Giants were only down 17-7 when they had to punt to the Ravens. Taking over at their own 24-yard-line with 3:15 remaining, the Ravens started the drive with Joe Flacco hitting Torrey Smith on a 21-yard gain. After a pair of 4-yard runs by Ray Rice, Flacco hit Anquan Boldin for three yards coming out of the two-minute warning. The completed pass was reviewed and upheld, giving Baltimore a first down at the Giants' 44-yard-line.
Flacco then hit Boldin again for 12 yards to get down to the Giants' 32. The Giants were on their heels. Flacco threw a short pass to Rice for a 5-yard gain. Then the Ravens delivered a dagger when Flacco saw Rice singled up against Michael Boley on the left side of the line.
Rice blew by Boley and caught a pass over the middle, broke tackles by Will Hill and Stevie Brown, and scored on a 27-yard touchdown that blew open the game. Instead of potentially going into the half down 10, the Giants trailed 24-7 at halftime. And that proved to be too big of a deficit to overcome.
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