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All the Ravens’ defense had to do was get one stop against a rookie backup quarterback and a victory and a playoff berth would have been theirs. That stop never came and the Ravens were again forced to watch an opposing kicker split the uprights to seal their fate.
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For the second straight week, the Ravens blew a fourth-quarter lead and were denied a chance to lock up a playoff berth. The Ravens are now 9-4 and losers of consecutive games for the first time since October of 2009
“It was tough to watch,” said running back
With Griffin on the sideline after leading his team inside the Ravens’ 20, Cousins, a fourth-round pick out of Michigan State, hit
The Ravens didn’t get a first down on the first possession of overtime and then couldn’t contain Crawford, who caught Sam Koch’s 56-yard punt and sprinted around defenders until he ran out of gas and was tackled by Koch at the Ravens’ 24. Three plays later, Forbath ended a grueling back-and-forth game played in wet and sloppy conditions.
“They came in at a crucial time and made those plays at the end with the backup QB making those throws,” Reed said. “We knew [Cousins’ quarterback draw] was coming, which was crazy, but we have to execute at the end of the day. … It came down to one play executing. That’s all that mattered.”
While the loss may have been deflating for the Ravens, they did not lose any ground in the standings. The Pittsburgh Steelers and the
“I don’t know if people want me to be [ticked] off or [what],” said Ravens wide receiver
In the process, the Ravens may have also lost a couple of key performers. Right guard Marshal Yanda, the team’s best offensive lineman, sprained his right ankle in overtime and left the stadium in a walking boot and on crutches. Inside linebacker
The physical toll added to the frustration in the postgame locker room as reality had set in that the Ravens did virtually everything that they wanted to do against the Redskins (7-6) and they still lost.
“I think we should have won this game,” said Ravens linebacker
On offense, Flacco broke from his struggles to complete 16-of-21 passes for three touchdowns, 182 yards and a 121.5 quarterback rating. Against the
On defense, the Ravens were gouged for 186 yards — a league-high this year for any team — and two touchdowns in the first quarter. But after that, the Ravens, playing without Terrell Suggs, mostly controlled Griffin and hit him at every opportunity.
Still, the Ravens made too many mistakes. Flacco committed two turnovers — a fumble and an interception — in the third quarter and both led to Forbath field goals. On the interception, the Ravens had the ball at the Redskins’ 11 and at least figured to have a field goal before Flacco was hit by
For as well as the Ravens played defensively, they allowed the Redskins to drive 85 yards on 13 plays to get the tying touchdown and conversion. Redskins’ receivers ran free in the secondary throughout the drive with the final miscue coming when
Cousins went 2-for-2 for 26 yards on the final drive and also got a pass interference call on Johnson.
“Obviously, it's a frustrating situation, especially to allow a backup rookie to come in and make plays the way he did,” cornerback
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