Baltimore Ravens – Season 2014 Game reviews
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NFL 2014 Divisional Playoffs: Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots on Sunday, January 10, 4:35 PM, Gillette Stadium
The divisional playoff game started on a rather conservative tone with each team choosing to use the first quarter to settle down. Besides a few field goals by each team in the first quarter there was pretty nothing much action wise. However, some little excitement came in the second quarter when Green-Ellis came through from 10-yards to give New England a 10-3 lead.
However, in a few minutes Baltimore were leveled after very classic combination between TE Pitta and Placco with the later providing a very nice throw to Pitta who was only 6 yards out. For the remainder of the second quarter Baltimore seemed to dominate the game. In the third quarter Placco continued with the good form he had shown from the start of the game.
The effects of the injuries that have plagued the Ravens began to be felt in the late stages of the third quarter and in the fourth quarter. Despite all the efforts from Placco, Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady and their outstanding Rob Gronkowski looked set to lead the Patriots to a victory. With a few seconds remaining, a good throw from Placco to Evans (which would have been a game winner) was knocked down by Sterling Moore. Final result 35-31 in favor of New England.
NFL 2014 Wildcard Weekend: Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, January 03, 8:15 PM, Heinz Field
The Baltimore Ravens came up against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a game that was sure to cause a stir in NFL proceedings.
Star quarterback Joe Flacco rushed past the opposition without a breeze to score two second half touchdowns, bringing the Ravens into a decidedly deserved and historic victory of 30-17. Having secured his 10th career playoff win in 14 games, Flacco enters the hall of NFL fame as the quarterback with the most amount of postseason wins since 2008.
The Steelers kept trying for field goals, while the more ambitious and pumped-up Ravens continued to score triumphant touchdowns. With a score on 6 out of 9 possessions, the Steelers didn’t seem to have a chance.
With such a historic victory for the Ravens, they have now tied for the most road wins in playoff history, putting an end to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ four game winning streak.
With just 11 minutes to go, the Steelers managed to pull back to 20-15, but it wouldn’t be enough to seal victory as Justin Tucker drove home an impressive field goal, which brought the Ravens into the lead by 23-15. The final score was sealed with just a few minutes to go with the Ravens looking as strong as ever.
NFL 2014 Week 17: Baltimore Ravens vs Cleveland Browns on Monday, December 28, 1:00 PM, M&T Bank Stadium
The Baltimore Ravens played the Cleveland Browns Sunday with everything at stake. If they won and San Diego lost, they would make the playoffs, if they lost they were out. Cleveland made it extremely tough for the Ravens, leading 10 to 3 halfway into the fourth quarter. With the Browns playing their third-string quarterback Connor Shaw, they relied heavily on their running game. Rookie Terrance West rushed the ball 18 times for 94 yards and a touchdown. While the Ravens struggled throughout the first three quarters, they battled back in the fourth. After a field goal by Justin Tucker cut the Browns lead down to 10 to 6, the Ravens got the ball and scored again.
Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco hit Torrey Smith with a 16-yard touchdown to finally take the lead 13 to 10 with a little over seven minutes left. Again the Ravens stopped the Browns and Joe Flacco hit Kamar Aiken for his second touchdown which sealed the Ravens victory 20 to 10. The Ravens defense played well all day, holding the Browns to a total of 259 yards. They also had three sacks and an interception of Shaw. Baltimore still needed help to make the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years by Kansas City beating San Diego. That happened with a 19 to 7 victory by the Chiefs and sealed the deal for Baltimore.
NFL 2014 Week 16: Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans on Monday, December 21, 1:00 PM, Reliant Stadium
The Baltimore Ravens simply did not play like a playoff team. They were not able to block defensive end J.J. Watt at all. You have to question whether the Ravens truly know where to go with their check down plays after a game like this where Joe Flacco threw so many interceptions. The Ravens have to attempt to develop a better short yardage passing game, given the inconsistency that is tied to their running game. The Texans have to be proud of the way Arian Foster played in the game, they knew going in that Case Keenum wasn’t comfortable with the entire playbook yet. Andre Johnson did have six catches in the game and you could also see Keenum begin to develop a good working relationship with DeAndre Hopkins.
Fitzgerald Toussaint had to give the Ravens more in the running game, but there was one play during the game where he was thrown for a nine yard loss. The truth of the matter is that Arian Foster was able to make Case Keenum’s play action passes much more effective. The Ravens were largely getting manhandled in the trenches. Steve Smith Sr. was able to make a few plays, but he was largely stifled by D.J. Swearinger on the outside. The Ravens were not able to overcome all of these factors, losing the game by a 25-13 score. The six field goals by Randy Bullock made a huge difference.
NFL 2014 Week 15: Baltimore Ravens vs Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday, December 14, 1:00 PM, M&T Bank Stadium
The Ravens (9-5) faced hapless Jacksonville (2-12) with a lot of playoff possibilities on the line for Baltimore. Nonetheless, the 20-12 victory was a lot closer than expected, especially given what happened.
What happened was the Jags fielded a disastrous offensive line that nearly got rookie Blake Bortles killed, giving up 8 sacks, as well as seemingly endless knockdowns and hurries. Bortles has been touted as the best ‘traditional’ quarterback prospect in this year’s rookie class. Tall, big arm, pocket passer, etc. However, Sunday showed what happened when there is no pocket. Bortles is not mobile and the Ravens D pretty much dictated how the game was going to go for Jacksonville’s offense from the outset.
On the other hand, the Baltimore offense was nothing to brag about, with Justin Forsett limited to 48 yards rushing and Joe Flacco turning in the longest run of the day on a 10 yard scamper. The air attack wasnt much of an ‘attack’ either, with Marlon Brown leading the team with 66 yards on 5 catches, filing in for still injured Torrey Smith.
NFL 2014 Week 14: Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins on Monday, December 07, 1:00 PM, Sun Life Stadium
Miami Dolphins lost 13-28 to their charged guests, the Baltimore Ravens, on Sunday. It took the Ravens seventeen minutes to make the first touch down. They then rallied from behind to overcome a ten point deficit to run away with the important victory. The Ravens made two consecutive touch down drives 97 and 75 yards each. The winning score was added after a reversal replay reversal. The 3rd quarter saw coach John Harbaugh make a gamble that helped. The Raven’s first down on four-and-1 jump-started run that catapulted them into the driver’s seat for the first time in the game.
With both teams in contention for the wild card play-off berth in the AFC, the game was a cracker indeed. However, the Dolphins failed to take home advantage, allowing the Ravens to run over them and secure a vital leap over them in the scramble for the play off’s wild card. The Dolphins have never played in the post season since 2008 and their drifting further from getting their this season. With three games left on the cards, it is becoming more realistic that they are bound to miss the play offs. To revive any hopes of taking part in the play offs, they must beat New England in their backyard in their next game.
NFL 2014 Week 13: Baltimore Ravens vs San Diego Chargers on Monday, November 30, 1:00 PM, M&T Bank Stadium
Philip Rivers threw a 1 yard touchdown pass to Eddie Royal with under 1 minute left, as the San Diego Chargers (8-4, 2nd in AFC West) squeaked out a win against the Baltimore Ravens (7-5, T2nd in AFC North), the Ravens first home loss in November since 2009. The Chargers trailed the entire game before their final score, but managed to stay within striking distance. The Ravens never pulled away, leading by a maximum 10 points after a 10 yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith with 5 minutes left in the 3rd quarter put them up 23-13. But San Diego scored 21 points in the 4th quarter to steal a win.
Rivers lead the way with 383 yards, three touchdowns, and a pick. WR Keenan Allen had a big day with 11 receptions for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Each team only punted one time, as the offenses on both sides were able to move the ball effectively. Flacco (225 yards and two touchdowns) and the Ravens finished with 350 yards of offense, while the Chargers had 440 yards. Ravens RB Justin Forsett had his third consecutive 100 yard rushing game and reached 1,000 yards on the season. The Ravens, who are battling for a playoff spot, face the Miami Dolphins next week, who currently hold the last playoff spot in the AFC. The Chargers, currently 5th in the AFC, face the New England Patriots next.
NFL 2014 Week 12: Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints on Tuesday, November 24, 8:30 PM, Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Visiting Baltimore Ravens fought tooth and nail to condemn their hosts, the Saints to their third loss in a row, and the seventh this season. On the flip side, this was the seventh win of the Ravens this season. The game was a very closely fought affair. The Saints, playing under pressure, must have lost concentration in the second and third quarters. This is actually where they lost the game. The teams drew 7-7 and 10-10 in the first and last quarters. In the second quarter, the Ravens took advantage with 10-7, before whitewashing the Saints 10-0 in the third quarter without reply.
Justin Forsetts contribution to the Ravens victory cannot go unmentioned. He rushed for 182 yards and made two touch downs for the Ravens 34-27 victory. In the third quarter, Will Smith made a 44 yard interception return for a go ahead score for the Ravens. Meanwhile, Steve Smith caught four passes for 89 yards. These included a fifteen yard touchdown for the Ravens. The results pushed the Ravens to 4-0 against the NFC South. They also remain half a game of Cincinnati (7-3-1), the AFC North leader. On the Saints side, Drew Brees passed for 420 yards, making and made three touchdowns. They remain tied for first with Atlanta, who are weekend losers to Cleveland. Jimmy Graham made two TD catches for the Saints. Until this game, the Saints had made an impressive record of winning fourteen home night matches.
NFL 2014 Week 10: Baltimore Ravens vs Tennessee Titans on Monday, November 09, 1:00 PM, M&T Bank Stadium
The Baltimore Ravens (6-4, 4th in AFC North) snapped a two game losing streak, beating the Tennessee Titans (2-7, 3rd in AFC South) 21-7. The Titans dominated the first quarter and scored first, a 3 yard touchdown pass from rookie QB Zach Mettenberger to WR Leon Washington in the waning seconds of the first quarter, but were unable to find the end zone again. Mettenberger finished the day with 179 yards, a touchdown and interception. The Ravens used a solid running game and stingy defense to get back in the win column.
Running back Justin Forsett rushed for 112 yards on 20 carries with two touchdowns and the defense held the Titans to 210 yards of total offense, with only 68 of them coming in the final three quarters. Besides the Mettenberger interception, the Ravens defense also forced a fumble at their own 1 yard line when Titans RB Shonn Greene lost the ball. The defense also sacked Mettenberger five times with LB Terrell Suggs leading the team with 1.5 sacks. He now has 99.5 sacks in his career. The Ravens have a bye week and then face the New Orleans Saints, while the Titans will face the Philadelphia Eagles.
NFL 2014 Week 9: Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, November 02, 8:30 PM, Heinz Field
The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens play game that are physical and usually defensive. This weeks game was an aberration to the rivalry between the two teams. The game was a very physical one, as fights broke out through out the contest.
The Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger passed for a record twelve touchdowns in two games. Half of those touchdown passes were against the Baltimore Ravens. Roethlisberger threw to eight different receivers as he passed for 340 yards. His favorite receiver being Antonio Brown who caught eleven passes for 144 yards and one touchdown. The Ravens kept Steelers from running the ball, as the runners averaged less then four yards a carry.
The Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw for 303 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw for an interception. The Steelers defense kept the Ravens running backs to fifty-nine yards rushing. The Ravens were still in the game even though Roethlisberger had his record breaking game against them.
The Ravens are playing the struggling Tennessee Titans at home. Pittsburgh is traveling to the big apple to play the New York Jets, who have lost eight games in a row.
NFL 2014 Week 8: Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals on Monday, October 26, 1:00 PM, Paul Brown Stadium
The Baltimore Ravens visited the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend and the game could not have been closer. What was a slow first half would turn into a slugfest that would leave only one winner. The Bengals were the first to draw blood and they did so in the first quarter when Andy Dalton ran it in for a 1-yard touchdown. The second quarter would see the Ravens score two field goals to bring the scores within one point. The second quarter would see the Bengals expand their lead once again by scoring a rushing touchdown through Giovani Bernard and a field goal. Late in the third quarter Baltimore would respond with a 10-yard rushing touchdown thanks to Lorenzo Taliaferro.
They would go on to attempt and score a two-point conversion through the ground via Justin Forsett. During the last quarter things stayed close, the Bengals would open their drive with a field goal with Baltimore responding 5 minutes later with a touchdown, again through an 8-yard run by Taliaferro. Baltimore would take the lead with a 53-yard field goal 3 minutes later with 3 minutes left to play. Finally the game would see a thrilling conclusion with less than a minute to play when the Bengals reclaimed the lead with another 1-yard rushing touchdown by Dalton, leaving the Bengals as the victors with a score of 27 to 24.
NFL 2014 Week 7: Baltimore Ravens vs Atlanta Falcons on Monday, October 19, 1:00 PM, M&T Bank Stadium
The Baltimore Ravens Win At Home The Baltimore Ravens won their week seven match against the Atlanta Falcons at the M&T Bank Stadium. The big 29-7 underlined their credentials as one of the emerging formidable sides this season. They dominated the entire match and should have won by an even bigger margin. By the end of the third quarter, they were leading by a massive twenty points. It was in the third quarter that the Falcons emerged from the ashes to garner seven against the Ravens nine. Their solid and dominant defense carried the day for the Ravens. This was the Ravens second blowout win in a row. In week six, they defeated Tampa Bay 48-17. They have won five of their seven matches so far. Their next opponent is the wounded Bengals.
This was the Falcons fourth straight defeat and the fifth this season. That leaves them with only two victories only this season. They were outplayed in all departments in this match. Their offense hardly troubled the defense of the Ravens, while their defense was easily permeable. They have to work hard and fix the shaky departments before taking on their next opponent. The Falcons meet the Detroit Lions at the Wembley Stadium in London.
NFL 2014 Week 6: Baltimore Ravens at Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, October 12, 1:00 PM, Raymond James Stadium
Baltimore won 48-17 against Tampa Bay. Baltimore had a good game. Their passes were top notch and quick that the Tampa Bay players were in most cases left confused. Flacco made history as he made the fastest five touch downs ever in a span of the first sixteen minutes. Baltimore had more balance when it came to the red zone as compared to Tampa Bay. Touchdown passes from Flacco were accurate as they successfully reached the receiver in the first quarter. Torrey Smith had a good game. Things were not going good for Tampa Bay as they were outclassed by Baltimore Ravens.
Joe Flacco’s third touchdown was superb as he tossed the seventeen yards to Kamar who was at the end zone. Joe also had another pass to Camanaro Michael which led to a touchdown. Joe was having a good time as he pulled a touchdown from fifty six yards to Smith Steve who was in a very good position. Baltimore were very offensive that you could not tell they had an inexperience number of players on the left offensive side. This was their best match since 2012 because they have never had as many points as they did. Tampa Bay lost 48-17 at full time.
NFL 2014 Week 5: Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts on Monday, October 05, 1:00 PM, Lucas Oil Stadium
The 2014 NFL season saw some teams drop points while others gained. Among those which gained points were the Colts. They inflicted pain upon the visiting Ravens by walloping them 2013. They made good use of their home ground to reach 3-2 record, just like the Ravens. Had the Ravens won the match, they would have gone up 4-1, leaving the Colts at 2-3. The first and third quarters saw the Ravens emerge from the pitch with nothing. The Colts emerged victors in the first and third quarters 3-0 and 7-0. The teams drew 3-3 in the second quarter, before Ravens surging late in the game to take the last quarter, 10-7. However, this was not enough to enable them carry something from the game.
This was the Ravens first loss since their week one loss. On the flip side, it was the Colts third straight victory. This is good for the Colts because it gives them the inspiration to continue playing well as the season wears on. For the Ravens, it is back to the drawing board. All is not lost for them though, if their resurgence in the last quarter is anything to go by. The match was played at the Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis Indiana.
NFL 2014 Week 4: Baltimore Ravens vs Carolina Panthers on Monday, September 28, 1:00 PM, M&T Bank Stadium
Sunday 28th saw the Baltimore Ravens maul their clueless guests, the Carolina Panthers, 38-10. The Ravens now have a 3-1 record after their third victory of the season. However, the last two weeks were not favorable for the Panthers, who lost their last two consecutive games. In week three, they were unlucky to lose to Pittsburgh. They were just fresh from conjuring victories against their week one and week two opponents. The going only gets tougher for them as they face Chicago come Sunday 5th. After Chicago, Cincinatti will be waiting for them.
The M & T Stadium must have played a significant role in the Ravens Victory. Their newest acquisition, Steve Smith, ran rings around his former Carolina teammates, contributing massively to the Ravens victory. He was simply unstoppable and in a class of his own. The mercurial 35 year old NFL player made history by becoming the oldest receiver to reach 400 receiving yards after just four games only. The panthers may not have Smith to contend with in the next game, but their mental strength and character will be under severe test come Sunday against the Buffalos. Fixing their exposed defense is exactly one of the key things coach Ron Rivera will be handling before Sunday. Definitely, the Panthers will be seeking to turn their fortunes around and return to their winning ways as soon as possible.
NFL 2014 Week 3: Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns on Monday, September 21, 1:00 PM, FirstEnergy Stadium
The Ravens won 23-21 over the browns at the FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleaveland, Ohio. They managed to pull a comeback to win the game as Justin Tucker managed to kick a thirtytwo yard field goal to give his team a deserved win at injury time. This win saw them knock out another division rival. Tucker’s winning goal was set up by Joe Flacco. Flacco managed to finish the game with nineteen of thirtyone for two hundred and seventeen yards and one touch down. During the second half, the Browns squandered several chances which could have crashed the Ravens.
They missed a field goal and saw one get blocked, they also committed twelve penalties and their receiver, Taylor Gabriel, fell after after he cought a long pass, thereby failing to scorean otherwise easy touchdown. Brian Hoyer of Cleaveland managed nineteen of twentyfive passes for two hundred and ninety yards. The Cleaveland Browns two losses have come on the last-play field goal.
NFL 2014 Week 2: Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday, September 11, 8:25 PM, M&T Bank Stadium
The embattled Ravens were handling the Steelers without their star running back Ray Rice who has been suspended indefinitely following the release of a video in which he is shown punching his now wife. However, this roller coaster of emotions was what fueled the Ravens in their 26-6 thumping of the Steelers to see each of the teams go for 1-1 record.
Their star performers included Joe Flacco who threw a pair of touchdown passes to Owen Daniels. The other star performance of the night was from Justin Tucker who kicked four field goals and was key to making the Baltimore Steelers make 3 turnovers. The Steelers in the first half recorded seven first down but the last four came in a moment too late as their fate had already been sealed by a very resilient and efficient Ravens side. There were over 71,000 people that attended the game which was held at the Baltimore home stadium at 8:25PM Eastern time.
It is a great start to the league and it is good to get a break from the bad news that are reflecting and seeing that franchises are working hard to make sure the quality of their game is not affected.
NFL 2014 Week 1: Baltimore Ravens vs Cincinnati Bengals on Monday, September 07, 1:00 PM, M&T Bank Stadium
Cincinnati scored first on the first possession of the game, using four minutes to get down to the Baltimore 31 yard line before being forced to kick a field goal. The teams then traded possessions on punts until late in the first quarter, when a Cincinnati drive ended in a 22 yard field goal, putting them ahead 6-0. In the second quarter, Cincinnati was the only team to score once again, as the Bengals’ kicker, Mike Nugent, hit field goals of 28, 46, and 38 yards to put Cincinnati up 15-0 at halftime.
Baltimore was unable to get on the scoreboard until the middle of the third quarter, when they scored a touchdown off a 13 yard run by Forsett, making it 15-7. Early in the fourth quarter, Baltimore struck again with a 38 yard field goal. After a Cincinnati punt, Baltimore quarterback Flacco completed a pass to Smith, who ran 80 yards for a touchdown. The subsequent two-point conversion attempt was stopped just shy of the endzone, leaving the score at 16-15 Baltimore. However, the next possession, Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green caught a deflected pass for a 77 yard touchdown score; a two-point conversion attempt was successful, leaving Cincinnati ahead 23-16. The following Baltimore drive was stopped on the Cincinnati 21 after a sack on fourth down, allowing Cincinnati to win the game, 23-16.
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