Saturday, February 2, 2013
Baltimore Ravens Game Recaps
RAVENS 44, BENGALS 13
BALTIMORE -- Joe Flacco threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns, Ed Reed took an interception 34 yards for a score, and the Baltimore Ravens beat Cincinnati 44-13 on Monday night for their 11th straight win at home.
Baltimore's high-powered, no-huddle offense also produced two short touchdown runs by Ray Rice. After letting an early 14-point lead dwindle to 17-13, the Ravens pulled away by scoring 24 straight points in just over six minutes.
Flacco watched the final eight minutes of the blowout on the sideline after going 21 for 29 in Baltimore's ninth consecutive victory in the AFC North. The Ravens were the only team in the division to win the opener.
Baltimore's defense also excelled in its first game under coordinator Dean Pees. Playing without injured NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs, who had 14 sacks last year, the Ravens dropped Andy Dalton four times.
EAGLES 24, RAVENS 23
PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Vick scored on a 1-yard TD run with 1:55 left, helping Philadelphia overcome a slew of turnovers.
Rookie kicker Justin Tucker made field goals of 56, 51 and 48 yards for the Ravens, but Joe Flacco couldn't get Baltimore in his range in the final minute.
Flacco overthrew Ray Rice on fourth-and-1 from the Ravens 46, and the Eagles ran out the clock.
Down 23-17, the Eagles started at their 20 with 4:43 left. After two completions to Brent Celek, a 19-yarder to Clay Harbor and a roughing-the-passer penalty, the ball was at the 3.
Vick threw incomplete as he was being hit by Haloti Ngata, but the play was ruled a fumble. It was recovered by the Ravens, but replay overturned the turnover and Vick scored on the next play.
RAVENS 31, PATRIOTS 30
BALTIMORE -- Justin Tucker kicked a 27-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Baltimore a 31-30 victory over New England in a rematch of last season's AFC championship game.
When the teams met in January, the Patriots squeezed out a three-point win at home to advance to the Super Bowl. The stakes weren't nearly as high in this one, yet the game was eerily similar.
In the previous meeting, Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal in the closing seconds. In the encore, Tucker -- who took the job away from Cundiff in training camp -- drove his kick inside the right upright.
The game-winning kick followed a pass interference call against Devin McCourty on Jacoby Jones.
Torrey Smith, who was playing less than 24 hours after the death of his 19-year-old brother, had six catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns for the Ravens.
Baltimore won its 12th straight at home behind Joe Flacco, who went 28 for 39 for 382 yards and three touchdowns.
RAVENS 23, BROWNS 16
BALTIMORE -- The regular NFL officials returned to work Thursday night, and the fans gave them a warm welcome back before bestowing their loudest cheers upon Baltimore, who never trailed in a 23-16 victory over winless Cleveland.
Joe Flacco went 28 for 46 for 356 yards, threw one touchdown and ran for another. Cary Williams returned an interception 63 yards for a score near the end of the third quarter to give the Ravens a 13-point lead.
And still, the game wasn't decided until a pass by Cleveland rookie Brandon Weeden sailed out of the end zone as time expired.
RAVENS 9, CHIEFS 6
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ray Rice ran for 101 yards and Justin Tucker made all three of his field goal attempts.
Joe Flacco threw for 187 yards and was picked off once, but the Ravens were still able to come up with enough points to beat the Chiefs, who turned it over four times.
Matt Cassel threw for 92 yards, was intercepted twice and credited with two lost fumbles before leaving in the fourth quarter with what the Chiefs described as a head injury. Brady Quinn led Kansas City to another field goal by Ryan Succop.
RAVENS 31, COWBOYS 29
BALTIMORE -- Jacoby Jones tied an NFL record with a 108-yard kickoff return and Baltimore won its 14th straight regular-season home game.
Dallas ran for 227 yards, most ever against the Ravens, and totaled 481 yards offense. But the Cowboys missed a 2-point conversion after closing to two points with 32 seconds left.
Dallas recovered the onside kick, and Dan Bailey was wide left on a 51-yard field goal try with 6 seconds left.
Ray Rice scored two touchdowns and Joe Flacco threw for a score to help the Ravens secure their fourth consecutive victory and enhance their grip on first place in the AFC North.
TEXANS 43, RAVENS 13
HOUSTON -- Matt Schaub threw two touchdown passes, Arian Foster ran for two scores and Houston dominated a showdown of the AFC's top two teams.
Johnathan Joseph returned an interception 52 yards for a touchdown and the Texans beat Baltimore for the first time in seven meetings. Antonio Smith had two sacks, J.J. Watt deflected the pass that led to Joseph's interception and Houston's defense returned to form after an embarrassing loss to Green Bay a week earlier.
Terrell Suggs had a sack and three tackles in his first action for Baltimore since undergoing surgery on his right Achilles tendon last May. Joe Flacco threw two interceptions and was sacked four times.
RAVENS 25, BROWNS 15
CLEVELAND -- Joe Flacco threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith with 4:26 as Baltimore won its 11th straight game inside the AFC North.
Smith caught Flacco's strike and spun away from cornerback Joe Haden as the Ravens beat the Browns for the 10th consecutive time. It was also Baltimore's 15th straight win following a loss, and helped the Ravens shake off a 30-point loss to Houston two weeks ago.
Baltimore improved to 5-0 after a bye week under coach John Harbaugh, who is 10-0 in his career against Cleveland.
RAVENS 55, RAIDERS 20
BALTIMORE -- Joe Flacco threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns, and Baltimore set a club record for points.
The Ravens scored on six of their first seven possessions against the struggling Raiders, who have yielded at least 40 points in two straight games for the first time since 1962. The 55 points tied an Oakland record for points allowed, a mark set in 1961 and matched in 1981.
Baltimore led 27-10 at halftime. In the third quarter, Flacco threw touchdown passes of 47 and 20 yards to Torrey Smith, and holder Sam Koch scored on a fake field goal in the third quarter to make it 48-17.
In the fourth quarter, Jacoby Jones took a kickoff 105 yards for 55-20 lead. Baltimore's previous record for points in a game was 48, against Detroit in December 2009.
RAVENS 13, STEELERS 10
PITTSBURGH -- Jacoby Jones returned a punt for a touchdown, Justin Tucker kicked two field goals and Baltimore took control of the AFC North with a victory over Pittsburgh.
The Ravens moved two games in front of the Steelers by shutting down Pittsburgh's offense, which sputtered without injured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Byron Leftwich, making his first start in more than three years, completed 18 of 39 passes for 201 yards and an interception. He ran for a score but was also sacked three times.
Baltimore's Joe Flacco wasn't much better, completing 20 of 32 passes for 164 yards, but the Ravens didn't need Flacco to dominate to beat the Steelers for the third straight time at Heinz Field.
RAVENS 16, CHARGERS 13 OT
SAN DIEGO -- Justin Tucker kicked a 38-yard field with 1:07 left in overtime to complete a stunning comeback.
San Diego led 13-3 on Nick Novak's 30-yard field goal with 7:51 to go in regulation.
But the Ravens converted on fourth-and-29 from their 37 when Ray Rice caught a short pass from Joe Flacco and weaved through the defense to the San Diego 33 with 1:37 to play. After a review, the ball was moved back to the 34 and the refs measured. The new spot gave the Ravens a first down by the length of the ball.
Six plays later, Tucker kicked a 38-yard field goal to tie the game as regulation expired.
The Ravens (9-2) won their fourth straight and for the eighth time in nine games.
STEELERS 23, RAVENS 20
BALTIMORE -- Shaun Suisham kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired.
Playing without injured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for a third straight week, the Steelers turned to the 37-year-old Charlie Batch for the second game in a row. He went 25 for 36 for 276 yards, threw a touchdown and moved the Steelers 61 yards before Suisham's game-winning kick.
Pittsburgh trailed 13-3 in the first half and 20-13 in the fourth quarter before coming back.
Pittsburgh (7-5) snapped a two-game losing streak and kept alive its slim hopes of overtaking Baltimore (9-3) in the AFC North.
The Ravens could have clinched a playoff berth with a victory. Instead, Baltimore had its 15-game home winning streak snapped and also lost for the first time in 13 games against division foes.
REDSKINS 31, RAVENS 28
LANDOVER, Md. -- With Robert Griffin III sidelined with a sprained right knee, Washington rallied behind backup Kirk Cousins to tie the game in the final minute of regulation, then Kai Forbath kicked a 34-yard field goal in overtime.
Griffin was hurt at the end of a 13-yard scramble while attempting to lead the game-tying drive with the Redskins trailing 28-20. He left for one play, returned for four, then was no longer able to continue.
Cousins stepped in and hit Pierre Garcon for an 11-yard touchdown pass, then ran in the 2-point conversion with 29 seconds to play.
The Ravens lost back-to-back games for the first time since 2009 and fell to 9-4.
BRONCOS 34, RAVENS 17
BALTIMORE -- Chris Harris returned an interception 98 yards for a momentum-turning touchdown, and Denver won its ninth straight.
Peyton Manning threw for 204 yards and a score in his ninth consecutive win against Baltimore, the first with the Broncos.
Down 10-0 late in the first half, the Ravens had a first-and-goal at the Denver 4 when Harris stepped in front of Anquan Boldin, picked off a pass by Joe Flacco and sprinted down the right sideline en route to the longest regular-season interception return in Broncos history.
The Ravens (9-5) were playing their first game under offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, who replaced the fired Cam Cameron. Baltimore clinched a playoff spot by virtue of Pittsburgh's overtime loss to Dallas.
RAVENS 33, GIANTS 14
BALTIMORE -- Joe Flacco threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns as Baltimore won the AFC North.
The Ravens led 24-7 at halftime and cruised to the finish behind a short-handed defense that harassed quarterback Eli Manning and limited New York to 186 yards.
Baltimore scored touchdowns on its first two possessions and amassed a season-high 533 yards -- including 289 in the first half alone. The victory ended a three-game skid for the Ravens and assured them of a home playoff game.
BENGALS 23, RAVENS 17
CINCINNATI -- Carlos Dunlap returned an interception 14 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The Ravens (10-6) had already clinched their second straight AFC North title, and they will open the playoffs at home against Indianapolis, which defeated Houston on Sunday.
The Ravens let quarterback Joe Flacco and running back Ray Rice play only two series.
RAVENS 24, COLTS 9
BALTIMORE -- Anquan Boldin set a franchise record with 145 yards on five receptions, including the clinching touchdown.
The previously struggling Ravens defense was staunch, inspired by star linebacker Ray Lewis appearing in his final home game before retiring.
Baltimore never let Colts standout rookie quarterback Andrew Luck get comfortable. Luck completed 28 of 54 passes for 288 yards. It was the most attempts by a rookie in a playoff game.
Baltimore overcame the first two lost fumbles of the season by Ray Rice, too, as John Harbaugh became the only head coach in the Super Bowl era with wins in his first five playoff campaigns.
Lewis, who made 13 tackles, ended his last home game at fullback, of all things, for the final kneel-down.
RAVENS 38, BRONCOS 35, 2OT
DENVER -- Justin Tucker kicked a 47-yard field goal 1:42 into the second overtime to lift the Ravens to the victory.
The Ravens forced overtime on a 70-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Jacoby Jones with 31 seconds left in regulation, after Jones slipped behind a pair of Broncos defenders along the sideline.
Late in the first overtime, Peyton Manning threw across his body on second down and Corey Graham picked off the ball to give the Ravens the ball on the Denver 45. Two plays later, the first overtime ended and the teams switched directions, and after three Ray Rice runs up the middle, Tucker sailed his game-winner through the uprights with room to spare.
RAVENS 28, PATRIOTS 13
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Joe Flacco outdueled Tom Brady, throwing three touchdown passes in the second half and leading Baltimore to its first Super Bowl in 12 years.
The win set up the first Super Bowl coached by brothers, Baltimore's John Harbaugh and San Francisco's Jim. The 49ers won the NFC title earlier in the day.
Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis' final season will conclude in two weeks in New Orleans; he was the MVP of the 2001 game, the Ravens' only Super Bowl win.
Flacco had two touchdown passes to Anquan Boldin and one to Dennis Pitta as the Ravens outscored the Patriots 21-0 in the second half. Baltimore's defense made Brady look ordinary and stymied the league's top offense. Brady was 67-0 at home when leading at halftime.