It was the anatomy of failure for the
Two minutes into overtime of a 31-28 loss to the
"We just didn't cover the punt the way we were supposed to," running back
Covering a booming 56-yard punt from
Crawford accelerated away from Allen, then reversed field up the middle to elude chasing linebackers
"It was kind of like the Red Sea," Crawford said. "I ran out of gas. When I hit midfield, I was dead tired."
By then, the damage had been done. Four plays later, Forbath knocked in the decisive field goal to put the Ravens away.
"I saw it break out," Ravens coach
One season removed from allowing three returns for scores, the Ravens have made major progress this season and were allowing only 6.3 yards per punt return to opponents entering Sunday's loss.
"Everything happens in a flash," Koch said. "The worst part is we've been doing so well. Ideally, the perfect punt would have been out of bounds. I tried to get it out, but it just didn't go wider."
On video of the play, long snapper
"I was running down there because I saw the alley he was coming," Cox said. "I saw a guy and turned my back and I went sliding forward. I could have been in better position. I got up looking for a yellow flag, but I didn't see any. I hate it. I wish I had gotten the call.
"We've done such an awesome job this year. This one hurts. To have that set up the winning play is pretty hard, but you move on."
Yanda, McClain injured
It was a painful loss for the Ravens beyond the frustration of squandering an eight-point lead in the final minutes of regulation.
Pro Bowl offensive guard
Yanda was replaced in the lineup by veteran
"It's a big loss," Williams said. "Marshal is one of the toughest guys I know. Whatever it is, I'll take it and go. That's what I'm here for."
Starting middle linebacker
Although X-rays were negative, McClain was in serious pain and dealing with swelling. He wanted to return to the game, but wasn't allowed to by the team. He's scheduled to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging exam Monday.
"That's good news," Harbaugh said of McClain's X-rays.
The Ravens are in a difficult situation at inside linebacker with
Pro Bowl running back
Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs was scratched with a torn right biceps. Upshaw started in his place.
All week, Suggs had indicated he would be a game-time decision.
Struggling with overload blitzes and conventional pass rushes, the offensive line allowed two sacks and three quarterback hits on
Pressure from outside linebacker
"I don't know what happened," said left offensive tackle
Kerrigan was completely unblocked, but Flacco took the blame for the turnover on a pass intended for Rice.
"I tried to get Ray something over there," Flacco said. And it was my fault."
Rookie right offensive tackle
"We had it protected fine, we had the communication fine," Osemele said. "Everybody protected well, everybody played their hearts out. We left it all out there."
In a rush
The Ravens pounded Redskins star rookie quarterback
Griffin left the game in the fourth quarter with what was later diagnosed as a sprained right knee with no torn ligaments after being hit by defensive tackle
"My good wasn't good enough," said Jones, who has 4 1/2 sacks for the season with at least one per game during the past three contests. "He's a hell of an athlete. I hit him one time and I thought he would be out and he battled back."
Kruger leads the Ravens with eight sacks, including 6 1/2 in the past five games.
The Ravens applied a lot of heat to Griffin, one of the most elusive quarterbacks in the game.
"I thought we rushed him well," Kruger said. "We hit him a bunch of times. It's tough to cut on that field. It feels like you're running around in sand. I think if we were on a better surface we would have hit him even more, but I thought we did a pretty good job."
It was a sterling first half for veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin, catching a pair of touchdown passes and eclipsing the 10,000 receiving yardage milestone.
After catching two passes for 50 yards by halftime, Boldin caught just one more pass the remainder of the game and finished with three catches for 78 yards.
"Nothing changed," Boldin said. "We just didn't execute like we were supposed to. We had the same exact drives in the second half. We just didn't finish them off."
Left offensive guard
"It's like throwing up before the game," Reid said. "That's not an excuse. I need to get over that. That's terrible having a penalty like that for no reason."
End zone: The Ravens also deactivated tight end