Ravens Get Run Over by Champion Giants 30-10

Both teams had similar game plans, control the clock, rush the football and stay away from turnovers. Only one of them was able to execute. The stat that jumps out at you is this one.

The New York Giants rushed for 207 yards today.

To put this in perspective the Ravens haven’t given up 200 yards on the ground to a team since 1997.

The Giants were able to dominate the line of scrimmage and allowed their Earth, Wind, and Fire running back combo the holes they needed to run free. Brandon Jacobs was a battering ram, scoring two touchdowns early and Ahmad Bradshaw almost ran for 100 yards of his own. Both players were able to rip off huge plays off the line.

Baltimore’s leading rusher was Joe Flacco. The offensive line couldn’t provide much room as the Ravens rushed for 121 as a team. But the statistic doesn’t truly show how the tough the defense up front was.

The Ravens did fight back after being down early 20 to 3 and after a Flacco pass to Le’Ron McClain for a touchdown they had changed the momentum. But a costly tipped pass off of Derrick Mason’s facemask led to an interception, which Aaron Ross ran back for a touchdown to seal the victory.

The Ravens will finally head home after a long road trip and face the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday.


Is this finally the last season for kicker Matt Stover? His 32 yd attempt was kicked very low that led to a block and set up great field position for the Giants. Stover has struggled with kicks past 40 yards and has been relieved of kickoff duties. The team will need to examine his status in the off-season.

In that same breath I must recognize Stover setting a record for consecutive Point After Touchdown kicks with 372. He’s had an amazing run during his career here but he has slowly started to show signs of cracks in his game.

Joe Flacco threw two picks in today’s game breaking his streak of errorless games. I still liked his presence and mobility and his touchdown pass to McClain was a result of his own ability to buy time. He does lock in on his security blanket Derrick Mason too much. He still needs to spread the ball around and the Ravens still need a marquee pass catcher. Again, see the off-season.

While I’m on that subject, Derrick Mason is a true competitor as he caught 7 for 82 yards. But if you watched him you saw a guy that willed himself to play, as his shoulder lay limp off his arm. His non-catch was a game killer though. But it’s hard to fault him when he’s been the top receiver all year and a consummate pro his whole career.

The Ravens still finish the road swing 2 out of 3 and get Philadelphia home, who are coming off a tie with the Bengals. They will need that game to keep pace. So I honestly don’t feel that badly about today’s loss. The Giants are an excellent team. Against good teams your margin for error is small, you can’t get 9 penalties in the first half alone and expect to win.

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