Joe Flacco, Torrey Smith lead Ravens to victory

September 23, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith (82) celebrates his touchdown catch with tight end Ed Dickson (84) against the New England Patriots at M

 

Joe Flacco had perhaps the best game of his career, Torrey Smith wasn’t far behind and the Ravens flipped the script of the AFC championship game and scored a final seconds field goal to beat the Patriots 31-30. Here are my notes.

- Flacco had, what i believe is his best game as a Raven, and I cant say enough positive things about him. Flacco, aside from one errant ball that probably should have been a game sealing interception, was absolutely perfect. He attacked the Patriots corners and safeties, use the play action masterfully and continuously found open holes in the defense.

-Flacco has now out-dueled Brady in two consecutive match-ups. Flacco finished 28-39 for 382 yards 3 TDs and 1 INT. Brady completed a lower percentage of his passes going 28-41and threw for less yards, 335, and touchdowns, 1.

-Torrey Smith, on what has to be one of the most difficult days of his life, had one of his best games. He had 6 receptions for 127 yards and 2 scores and the Ravens need every bit of that. Smith should be developing a reputation as a Patriot killer. In two games against them he has had 9 receptions for 209 yards and three touchdowns, two of those scores were game-breakers. Torrey Smith might have been the X-Factor that has given the Ravens the ability to beat the Patriots instead of just play them close.

-There should be no complaints about play calling this week (except for maybe the choice to go for it on 4th and 1 instead of kick a FG). Flacco threw for almost 400 yards and 3 scores and Ray Rice had 150 yards and a score, Bernard Pierce also got involved with close to 30 total yards.

-Jacoby Jones had the best game of his Ravens career with 3 receptions for 86 yards, all of them coming in the second half. He is the receiver the Ravens have been searching for to fill the no. 3 role. Jones also drew the pass interference penalty that set up the game winning field goal.

-The Ravens defense struggle most of the night, but at the end of the game when it mattered, they came up with a pair of huge stops. Lardarius Webb also caught an interception, but it was overturned on a questionable defensive holding penalty.

-The Ravens are now 2-1 on the season and remain in the drivers seat of the AFC North. they now have a 1 game lead on the Steelers who fell to 1-2 and they own the tiebreaker over the 2-1 Bengals. the Browns are essentially out of contention after their 0-3 start.

-The Ravens will face the Browns on a short week this week. Get ready for some Thursday night football Baltimore!

Want more from Ebony Bird?  
Subscribe to FanSided Daily for your morning fix. Enter your email and stay in the know.

TEAMFeed More Ravens news from the Fansided Network

Hot on the Web From baltimoreravens.com