Joe Flacco’s Meltdown Prevents Baltimore Ravens From Making Playoffs

By Juan Pablo Aravena
Andrew Weber – USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens needed to win their game against the Cincinnati Bengals if they wanted to maintain their playoff chances alive.

The Ravens fought hard during three quarters but the offense – or should I say Joe Flacco – melt down in the fourth quarter prevented them from turning things around. The Ravens lost 34-17 and they won’t be able to defend the Super Bowl crown they got last year.

Much of the blame could be placed on the defense, the struggles of Ray Rice throughout the whole year, and the fact that the Ravens weren’t a consistent team this season, but the truth is that today’s loss can easily be placed on the shoulders of Flacco. The signal-caller needed to come through for Baltimore and was largely disappointing.

Flacco completed only 30-of-50 passing attempts and even though he threw for a score, he was picked off three times and sacked another two. Two of the interceptions came in the fourth quarter and the last one was returned for a TD that doomed the chances of any comeback the Ravens were planning. Flacco was unable to move the offensive lines properly in the second half and the team as a whole only gained 175 passing yards in the contest.

Granted, the rushing attack wasn’t much better, as they had only 47 yards through the ground, but this game was the perfect stage for Flacco to come through and show he can lead his team right when he needs it. Unfortunately for Baltimore, he was unable to deliver and the Ravens missed out on the playoffs only one year after they were crowned as the World Champions.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google.

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