"It's the way you finish games," Rice said. "As a leader on this team, I like to finish teams out."
The Ravens rushed for a season-high 186 yards on 35 carries Sunday, including 121 from Rice, his highest total of 2012, and a career-high 53 yards from rookie backup
The Ravens scored just seven points in the second half and overtime.
"We made a couple of bad plays, costly plays. That's obviously what killed us," center
The Ravens led, 21-14, at halftime, but they gave away the football on consecutive drives — first inside their own territory and then inside the Redskins' 20-yard line — to start the third quarter.
Redskins outside linebacker
On their next drive, the Ravens advanced to the Washington 11-yard line with eight straight running plays. But on their first pass of the drive, Flacco was hit by Redskins outside linebacker
But unlike the fourth quarter of last weekend's 23-20 loss to the
"It was a regular base offensive run in our playbook," Rice said of his scoring run up the middle. "We had Vonta leading up on the linebacker and I had a three-way go."
Sunday's workload was reminiscent of last season when Rice, who received just 14 carries against the Steelers, got at least 20 carries in six of the Ravens' seven games in December and January.
Flacco handed the ball to Rice on their first three plays of the game, and Rice ran off right tackle for 5 yards, around left end for 46 yards, and off right guard for 12 more. He was one
With Leach leading the way all afternoon, the Ravens stretched out the Redskins defense with Rice and then hammered them between the tackles with Rice and Pierce, whose 21-yard carry in the third quarter tied for the longest of his career. Overall, the Ravens averaged 5.3 yards per carry and had more rushing yards (186) than passing yards (173) for the first time this season.
"We just stuck with it," said Leach, who had two carries for 3 yards. "We came into the game wanting to run the ball, and that's what we did. That's December football."
Added Birk: "We had a good plan and good execution. It's not rocket science. Mostly, it was just man blocking, man on man. You can talk about everyone winning their one-on-one battles."
Rice has rushed for 993 yards and nine touchdowns in 13 games this season.
But the punishing approach also took a toll on the Ravens, as Rice, Pierce and Leach suffered minor injuries, and right guard
Swarmed by reporters after the game, Rice wanted to take a positive away from the frustrating loss, too.
"I am definitely proud of the run game today," said Rice, who ran the ball once for 4 yards as the Ravens went three-and-out on their only overtime drive. "Myself and Bernard had a great day running the ball. It felt really good to run the ball today. The running game is something that we will continue to improve on [as we] get ready for the