But what made that drive so much more impressive was the fact that Flacco was getting drilled by a Houston defense that plays in the same aggressive, physical style as the Ravens.
In his Monday news conference, coach
"The thing that was a little bit disappointing was our pass protection," Harbaugh said. "I think Joe made some great throws, especially in that first drive, and he got hit every single time. And that's not good. I think it's a testament to Joe and his toughness and all that. We've seen it. But we don't want Joe getting hit like that.
"A couple times it was losing a one-on-one battle here or there. A couple times we mis-ID'd the protection because of some of the looks they gave us, maybe, but also things that weren't that complicated. So I think … everybody would agree that we can do a better job that way. Now at the end of the game I thought we did a better job. We don't need Joe getting hit like that."
Even without its leading pass rusher,
"It was really physical," Harbaugh said. "They got a whole front seven of first and second round picks, high first and second round picks. That's a really talented front, even without Mario Williams in there. [They have] really, really good players that want to be real physical team and they are. You've seen it before, this team doesn't give up. They play physical from the beginning of the game to the end of the game."