vmax Posted January 15, 2012 Share Posted January 15, 2012 That's all that matters. Win and Advance. This game reminded me of the 2000 playoff game against the Titans #1 D who won the statistical battle but lost the game. Only that game was very exciting for me and it is my second all time favorite Ravens game next to the Super Bowl win. The Ravens beat a very good football team today.When you have 2 great D's on the same field it gets ugly. Raven Ugly...and they know how to win those kinds of games. In the playoffs you need all 3 phases to play well and win. The Ravens won today because Special Teams made a big play (thank you Jacoby Jones!), the offense capitalized by scoring Touchdowns and the D got 4 turnovers. The Ravens did not turn the ball over and they did not commit one single penalty. In wars like this that is critical....it's the difference between advancing or going home. Hand it to Houston...they are a very solid team and will be a AFC South powerhouse for the next few years at least. Their defensive line was faster and controlled the line of scrimage. The Ravens O line couldn't get anything going all day. Lethargic...that's how they looked compared to the Terxans high moter D.The Texans were not going to let Ray Rice beat them and Ray basicly had no where to run (21 for 60 yards 2.9 ypc). So Joe was hamstrung. His line wasn't getting the job done. Generally his receivers were too slow to get open and they dropped some balls. On a day when the O appeared to be playing in slow motion compared to the Houston D, Joe was patient. He didn't make the costly turnover. Foster had a great game but Yates sunk them (28.8 QB rating )...."I knew you'd screw up so I made sure I didn't make any costly turnovers. Thanks." The truth is that the Ravens D pitched a shut out for the second half. They had to do to get the win. The Ravens made the big plays. The turnovers (great game Webb!), Evans spectacular catch and Boldin's solid 4 for 73 and 1 TD day. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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