Ravens Refused To Lose
The Baltimore Ravens faced a 10-0 deficit as time expired in the first quarter. Nothing was going right and the Ravens were killing themselves with penalties. Ravens fans had enough evidence to know that it just wasn’t their day; the Baltimore Ravens had other ideas. Joe Flacco led the Ravens on a masterful touchdown drive to end the first half. In a game that could have easily gotten out of hand, the Ravens refused to lose.
The Ravens faced a fourth down and 1 on their side of the field in the 3rd quarter. Trailing 10-7, the Ravens elected to go for the first down. It was a ballsy call from head coach, John Harbaugh. It was completely against the book; if the Ravens failed to convert it would have been costly. Joe Flacco surged ahead on the quarterback sneak, the Ravens gamble paid off. In a situation the Ravens have failed several times before, the team found their big moment. The Ravens stampeded down the field, Joe Flacco was on fire. The Ravens took a 14-10 lead. John Harbaugh knew his team needed to take control of the football game. The Baltimore Ravens had an utter belief that they would get the first down, they refused to lose.
The Ravens did not allow a Dolphins score in the 2nd or 3rd quarters; Baltimore outscored Miami in the second half 21-3. The Ravens defensive dominance was largely due to the 6 times they sacked Ryan Tannehill. Elvis Dumerivil had 3.5 sacks, Terrell Suggs had1.5 sacks and CJ Mosely had one as well. The sacks lost the Dolphins 41 yards and killed several drives. The Dolphins offense got off to a fast start but the Ravens found a way to slow them down. Pass protection was really one of the big differences in this game; Flacco was only sacked 1 time.
It was a great performance that the Ravens absolutely needed to have. Entering the game the Dolphins were in the 6th playoff seed. The Ravens knocked them down a peg and now they are closer to the top of the pile of teams in the hunt. The division race is still yet to be won, and Baltimore has the easiest remaining schedule. The Ravens need to do exactly what they did in Miami the rest of the season. They must refuse to lose.