Joe Cool Outguns Golden Boy……Ravens Crush Pats

Sports and Bets — January 21, 2013 at 3:48 pm by

 

Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner!

Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner!

Ray Ray’s amazing last ride rides on.  With a stubborn defense and an offense that wouldn’t be denied, the Baltimore Ravens swaggered into Foxborough last night and claimed the AFC as their own.  Joe Flacco rose to the occasion again, throwing for 240 yards and 3 touchdowns.  After a conservative game plan in the first half, Flacco took the game over in the second half going 15-24 with 159  yards and all 3 of his touchdowns.  Meanwhile the defense stifled Brady and his boys, shutting them out and slamming the door on any  New England Super Bowl aspirations.  It was an impressive win, and the boys in purple put in an incredibly physical performance, highlighted by a Bernard Pollard hit that sent running back Stevan Ridley and the ball immediately to the turf.  It was the first of three second half turnovers that helped doom the Patriots and helped send the Ravens to New Orleans.

 

 

Yeeeeaaaahhh Booooooy!!!

Yeeeeaaaahhh Booooooy!!!

 

 

But it was Flacco and his stellar second half performance that really sparked this victory.  Joe Cool again thrived under pressure, standing tall in the pocket and delivering strikes to multiple receivers.  Flacco’s ability to recognize mismatches resulted in 3 touchdowns.  Especially beautiful were the end zone throws to Boldin,  who physically abused coverage to account for two of those TDs.  The Ravens put the game in Flacco’s hands and he delivered big time.  It seems to be  sweet justice for a player who has taken way to much criticism from media members nationally and locally.  His poise, patience and hard work have finally translated  into a well deserved Super Bowl appearance.

No quarterback can be successful without the boys in the trenches, and for the third straight game the front five of the Ravens delivered.  The new lineup, featuring Bryant McKinnie at left tackle, were able to keep Joe clean again, and give the classic drop back passer the time he needed to make plays and run the offense.  It is a beautiful thing to watch Flacco when he has the time to carve a defense up.  In order for this offense to work the threat of the deep ball must remain.  Protecting number 5 is the key to this threat, and therefore this offense.

 

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But  the real beauty of this win may have been the brutal nature of the victory itself.  The defense was extremely physical, and by the fourth quarter it became obvious that the Patriots didn’t want any of what the Ravens were serving.  Bernard Pollard, Dannell Ellerbe,  and Ed Reed were all over the field delivering vicious hits that took the air out of what was believed to be the best offense in the league.  Unsung heroes Courtney Upshaw and Carey Willams played lights out, setting the edge and taking away the outside respectively.  As a whole the Ravens proved to be an intimidating unit, and there is no doubt the Pats were intimidated.

So now there is only one more stop on Ray’s final ride.  The Ravens have had an incredibly memorable post season already.  Ray’s last home game was a win over the Mayflower Colts.  The victory over Denver  was the greatest football game in Baltimore’s history.  And this, well this was sweet justice.  Flacco outguns Brady again and finally gets his just reward.  This season has already been sweet, but a win at this last stop would make it even sweeter.

 

 

 

 

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