Every Tuesday, blogger Matt Vensel breaks down a critical play, sometimes with input from
With 54 seconds left in a chippy, emotional football game between the Ravens and the Philadelphia Eagles, quarterback
At the snap of the ball, Flacco looked to his left, but he was seeing the same thing he had been seeing all game. His wide receivers weren't open. As Smith ran down the field, Boldin ran a quick out from the slot. He was blanketed again. As Flacco's eyes scanned to the right, Pitta got stuck in a traffic jam over the middle.
"I looked at Anquan on the left. We tried to run a little quick out with him, and I looked at Ray," he later said, dissecting the four-second play. "I wish I would have just scrambled around a little bit."
But by the time he got to Rice, his third option, Eagles defensive end
Rice, who had run a flare route into the right flat, was Flacco's final option, but Eagles linebacker
"Maybe there was a little contact when the ball was in the air there," Flacco said. "I was just trying to get something crazy to happen. I didn't really think they did anything bad, I was just hoping."
After the 24-23 loss, Ravens head coach
"Yeah, you go back, and you look at all of that and you certainly do second-guess yourself," he said at his weekly press conference.