Despite the absence of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers challenged the Ravens before falling three points short. Pittsburgh backup quarterback Byron Leftwich rushed for a 31-yard touchdown in the first quarter, and the Ravens failed to score an offensive touchdown in the game. Jones scored a return touchdown for the second straight week, however, taking a punt back 63 yards.
Week 12 (Nov. 25) at Qualcomm Stadium: Ravens 16, San Diego Chargers 13, OT
Week 13 (Dec. 2) at M&T Bank Stadium: Steelers 23, Ravens 20
The Ravens again faced the Steelers without Roethlisberger, but they weren’t victorious this time. Third-string quarterback Charlie Batch helped Pittsburgh score 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, leading the Steelers from a 20-13 deficit to a 23-20 victory. Flacco completed less than 50 percent of his passes for just 188 yards, and Rice rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown despite only having 12 carries.
Week 14 (Dec. 9) at FedEx Field: Washington Redskins 31, Ravens 28, OT
The Ravens forced star quarterback Robert Griffin III to leave the game after suffering a knee injury late in the fourth quarter, putting rookie backup Kirk Cousins in the game with the Redskins trailing by eight points in the game’s closing minutes. But Cousins completed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon and rushed for the two-point conversion to tie the game. Kai Forbath hit the game-winning field goal in overtime, sending the Ravens to their second straight loss.
Week 15 (Dec. 16) at M&T Bank Stadium: Denver Broncos 34, Ravens 17
The Broncos leaned on their running game and their defense to blow out the Ravens for their ninth straight victory. Denver went into halftime up by 17 points after cornerback Chris Harris returned an interception 98 yards for a touchdown, and the Broncos outscored the Ravens, 31-3, through the first three quarters. Tight end Dennis Pitta was the lone bright spot for the Ravens, catching seven passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns.
Week 16 (Dec. 23) at M&T Bank Stadium: Ravens 33, New York Giants 14
The Ravens ended their three-game losing streak with a bang. They throttled the defending Super Bowl champions, clinching their second consecutive AFC North title. Flacco threw for 309 yards and Pierce and Rice ran for 123 and 107 yards, respectively, as the Ravens racked up 533 total yards of offense. Their defense was stout, too, holding Giants quarterback Eli Manning to just 150 yards passing.
Week 17 (Dec. 30) at Paul Brown Stadium: Bengals 23, Ravens 17
With the division title and No. 4 seed in the playoffs already clinched, the Ravens coasted through their regular-season finale. Flacco played just 16 snaps before John Harbaugh turned to backup Tyrod Taylor to finish off the game. Taylor threw for 149 yards through the air and gained 65 more on the ground, and Pierce rushed for 89 yards on 22 carries in a losing effort.
AFC wild-card round (Jan. 6) at M&T Bank Stadium: Ravens 24, Indianapolis Colts 9
Ray Lewis recorded 13 tackles in the final home game of his career, leading a Ravens defense that stymied the Colts all afternoon. Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck completed 28 of 54 passes for 288 yards and an interception, The Colts’ only points came from kicker Adam Vinatieri’s three field goals. Flacco passed for 282 yards and running backs Rice and Pierce rushed for a combined 171 yards on 28 carries.
AFC divisional round (Jan. 12) at Sports Authority Field: Ravens 38, Broncos 35, 2OT
Flacco and the Ravens kept up with Peyton Manning and the high-powered Broncos offense. Manning threw three touchdowns and Trindon Holliday scored two return touchdowns — one on a kickoff and one on a punt — but Flacco and the Ravens matched them every time. Flacco hit Jacoby Jones for a 70-yard touchdown to tie the game with less than a minute to play, and Justin Tucker converted a 47-yard field goal in the second overtime for the victory.
AFC championship (Jan. 20) at Gillette Stadium: Ravens 28, Patriots 13
The Ravens made Patriots quarterback Tom Brady look ordinary on his home field, holding him to less than 6 yards per completion and intercepting him twice. Flacco threw three second-half touchdowns —two to Anquan Boldin — to lead the Ravens from a six-point halftime deficit to a 15-point win. Lewis had 14 tackles in the game, and the Ravens defense held New England scoreless in the second half as they advanced to the Super Bowl.
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