Each week, Baltimore Sun reporters Aaron
Strategy: It was an underwhelming debut for new offensive coordinator
Personnel: Without injured starters
What went right: Pitta displayed explosiveness and tackle-breaking ability with seven receptions for 125 yards, two touchdowns. Rookie backup
What went wrong: Flacco telegraphed and sailed his throw to Boldin that
Turning point: Threatening to score before halftime, Flacco's ill-advised pass ruined any chances of being competitive as the turnover stamped out momentum built through an encouraging hurry-up series.
X-factor: The Ravens aren't done being haunted by the Manning family as
-- Aaron Wilson
Strategy: The Giants often used two-receiver sets in the first half, with either two backs or two tight ends on the field with them, before falling behind early. They had to get away from that, and the running game, after they fell behind by three scores, but they tried to stay balanced. Their base defense is a 4-3, but the Falcons often dictated that they use their nickel package by putting three wide receivers on the field. The Giants tried to generate pressure with their four defensive linemen and did not blitz aggressively, but the Falcons were the more physical team.
Personnel: The Giants have a talented defensive line rotation that includes
What went right: Not much, honestly. The Giants were able to move the ball in the first three quarters, but they did not score in two trips inside the red zone. Wilson and fellow back
What went wrong: Pretty much everything, honestly. The Falcons won up front and their talented skill players like wide receiver
Turning point: After the Giants fell behind, 17-0, in the second quarter, they either got aggressive or desperate, depending on your perspective. Wilson got stuffed on fourth-and-1 at Atlanta's 32-yard line. Then, on the ensuing drive, they went for it on fourth-and-1 again from Atlanta's 11-yard line, and Victor Cruz couldn't come up with a catch in traffic. Maybe it's a different game if they take the points.
X-factor: Cruz had his least productive game of the season, partially due to Manning's struggles and partially because he couldn't shake free of Samuel and