Week 12 Offensive Grades For The Baltimore Ravens
Joe Flacco had a rough first three quarters against the Chargers, as he couldn’t lead substantial drives that resulted in points. However, when the chips were down, Flacco rallied his offense to 10 points in the final 4:19 of the fourth quarter to force overtime.
When the dust had settled and the Ravens pulled out the OT victory, Flacco had 355 yards with one touchdown and no turnovers.
The back-shoulder throw he made to Torrey Smith on a third-and-10 in overtime was a gutsy throw that led to the game-winning field goal.
Flacco was sharp down the stretch when his team needed him the most, and he delivered with a clutch effort to lead a shocking comeback victory.
Running Backs: A-
It was Ray Rice’s most well-rounded effort of the season, as he was a major contributor both rushing and receiving. Rice had 97 yards on the ground, and 67 through the air, for a total of 164 yards. However, Rice will be remembered in this game for his Herculean effort on a fourth-and-29 that essentially forced overtime.
That 29-yard gain will be the snapshot of Rice’s game, as it was one of the greatest fourth down conversions in NFL history.
It was a game long overdue for Rice, as he hasn’t really had too many big games in regards to rushing and receiving, especially lately.
Bernard Pierce had a decent day with 34 yards on nine carries, as the unit averaged just over 4.2 yards per carry.
Wide Receivers: A-
This unit was near silent until the passing game roared back to life. The furious comeback forced the Ravens into passing situations, and when the dust settled, the wide receivers had a solid day.
Torrey Smith had the highest receiving total for any pass catcher this season as he reeled in seven catches for 144 yards.
The catch Smith made on the aforementioned back-shoulder pass from Flacco in overtime was a thing of beauty, as Smith reeled in the pass despite tight coverage.
The unit also got contributions from Jacoby Jones and Anquan Boldin. Jones had a season-high five catches for 50 yards, while Boldin chipped in with 42 yards.
Boldin also made the block on Rice’s fateful run to spring the running back the last five yards he needed for the first down.
This unit rose to the occasion as each of the big three receivers made contributions to help pull off the comeback.
Tight Ends: B
It was a relatively quiet for the tight ends, as they also didn’t get involved until the late-game heroics. Dennis Pitta had an average day yardage-wise, with 42 yards, but his fourth-quarter touchdown started the Ravens furious comeback.
Pitta’s touchdown catch was an athletic snag over the middle of the field and gave the Ravens hope.
Ed Dickson was held without a catch, as his inconsistency continues.
Offensive Line: C-
Like the rest of the team, it was a mixed bag for the offensive line. They did a slightly above average job run blocking, but were below average in pass protection. The five sacks allowed for a loss of 39 yards were both season-highs, but that was offset a little bit due to the Ravens being forced to pass the ball 51 times in order to come back.
The line also had some penalties at inopportune times, but all things considered the line held up enough for the team to comeback and pull out the victory.