Playoff Bound. Ravens Beat Brown-Clowns, 20-10. Chiefs Hook It up.

Featured, Sports and Bets — December 28, 2014 at 7:19 pm by

As Ravens’ fans we’re used to winning ugly- and I’ll take winning ugly over losing any day of the week.  Today it took a big and pretty fourth quarter to give the home team that ugly overall win.  The first three quarters at M&T looked hideous this afternoon- real hideous – but thankfully the Ravens got their shit together with potentially only one quarter remaining in the season, scoring 17 points in the fourth.  Baltimore had trailed 10-3 entering that final frame, and the game up to that point had a stench to it that rivaled that of the Golden Domes of Essex on a hot August day.  But Flacco got hot, the running game started to click, and the Ravens pulled out the victory.  To make matters sweeter, the Chiefs did their part in disposing of the San Diego Chargers and Philip River’s punch-able face, which, of course, put Baltimore smack-dab in the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years.  Thanks for the solid, K.C.

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Ultimately, it was the play of Flacco that got the Ravens where they wanted to be.  Flacco struggled again early, but when the money was on the table, dude came up aces. The Ravens kicked a filed goal early in the fourth to make it 10-6. After a three and out for the Browns, the Ravens began their next possession on their own 31.  On the first play of the drive, Joe hit Torrey Smith with a 53 yard bomb.  On the very next play he hit Torrey again on a slant for the TD.  It was now 13-10 and you could feel the game shifting to team purple.  On the next drive, after another 3 and out from the Browns, the Ravens got their running game back, churning out 31 yards.  Mixed in were two more money Flacco throws, a 24-yarder to Steve Smith and a two yard TD to Kamar Aiken out of an empty backfield formation on third and goal.  That throw was another perfectly placed ball that completed a perfectly run route by Aiken.  Flacco and the offense played Stella and got their groove back.  Joe’s final line says it all:  22-36/312 yards/2 TDs.  Most of that came in the second half with the season on the line.

The defense, meanwhile, played very well.  Besides a 31-yard busted kinda pass-play from Connor Shaw to Andrew Hawkins and the ensuing Cleveland touchdown, the defense held firm.  The Browns couldn’t establish much all day and the Ravens held them to 259 total yards. Connor Shaw was under a ton of duress and the Ravens got to him four times, led by an out of his mind Pernell McPhee and his two sacks.  Sure, the Browns left some plays out on the field, but with this patchwork secondary, I’ll take solid D from anybody in Purple against anybody who isn’t.

Now comes the fun part.  The Ravens are in and anything can happen.  Maybe Flacco can carry his hot fourth quarter-hand over into next week.  If he does, good things will happen, babes.

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Game Notes

Justin Forsett had 119 yards on 17 carries.  He broke several big runs to the right side.  Guess who was out there at right tackle?  Marshall Yanda- the pro bowl guard showed why he’s a pro bowler by stepping up big time in Rick Wagner’s absence.  I see a ring of honor one day for this guy.

Flacco completed passes to nine different receivers.  Steve Smith led the way with eight balls for 90 yards.

Torrey Smith 53 yard catch saved the season for Baltimore.  Torrey made a great play on the ball.  After the catch the offense was a totally different unit.  Torrey scored on the next play and the Ravens never looked back.  Good to see it from T.Smith after he took so much flack earlier in the season.  He’s my favorite Raven.

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Pernell McPhee played his best game of the year.  The two aforementioned sacks were just one part of the equation.  McPhee batted a pass down, and pushed the interior of the line into Shaw’s face all day long.  He’s going to be a very rich man soon.

In shitty news, Timmy Jernigan got carted off the field with a foot injury.

No matter how we get in the playoffs are a good thing. Looks like we’ll be travelling to either Cincy or Pittsburgh since Denver is beating the Raiders by 13 in the fourth quarter. Enjoy the upcoming hype.

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