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Week 1
Sept. 7, M&T Bank Stadium
23
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16
WHAT HAPPENED

There was the slow start on offense, a few head-scratching miscues by quarterback Joe Flacco and a total abandonment of a punchless running game. Then, when it appeared that an 80-yard Flacco touchdown pass to Steve Smith would make all of that not matter, their defense reverted to last year's form with a critical letdown at the worst possible time — with under five minutes to play, Andy Dalton heaved a 77-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green.

KEY PLAY

How could it not be Dalton’s pass to Green, who made a juggling catch down the right sideline after getting a step on cornerback Chykie Brown? The score came just two plays — and 48 seconds — after Smith hauled in the longest touchdown pass of Flacco's career.

"It's very disappointing. You lost your last game last year, and you lost the first game this year to the same team. It [stinks]."
- Terrell Suggs, OLB
62
passes thrown by Flacco, tying his career-high. He completed 35 of them.
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Week 2
Sept. 11, M&T Bank Stadium
26
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6
WHAT HAPPENED

Despite one of the most trying weeks in franchise history because of running back Ray Rice’s release, the Ravens broke the trend of close games against their biggest rival by delivering a beatdown to the Steelers. Quarterback Joe Flacco completed 21 of 29 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns, both to veteran tight end Owen Daniels. The Ravens offense punished the Steelers with short passes and a solid ground game.

KEY PLAY

On the Steelers’ opening drive, Ravens middle linebacker Daryl Smith stripped wide receiver Justin Brown of the ball after a 6-yard completion. DeAngelo Tyson recovered the fumble, ending the Steelers' 12-play, seven minute-plus drive.

"This was kind of a signature [Gary] Kubiak game plan. I think we executed it pretty well."
- Owen Daniels, TE
3
turnovers forced by the Ravens defense, helping to limit the Ben Roethlisberger-led offense to two field goals.
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Week 3
Sept. 21, FirstEnergy Stadium
23
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21
WHAT HAPPENED

The Ravens won it on Justin Tucker’s 32-yard field goal as time expired. The game featured six lead changes, several injuries to key Ravens players -- including a serious one to starting tight end Dennis Pitta -- and numerous missed opportunities by both teams. But when a defense that struggled for much of the afternoon twice stopped the Browns and forced punts in the game's final five minutes, the outcome seemed to be a formality, at least to the players on the visiting sideline who have watched Flacco deliver before.

KEY PLAY

Flacco competed a 32-yard pass to Steve Smith to set up the game-winning field goal, dropping the ball to Smith over cornerback Joe Haden and just in front of oncoming safety Donte Whitner.

"That's Joe Flacco time. That's what he does. That's what he's done all the time that I've been here. ...You guys saw it again."
- Asa Jackson, CB
91
rushing yards and a touchdown from rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro, filling in for an injured Bernard Pierce, on 18 carries.
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Week 4
Sept. 28, M&T Bank Stadium
38
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10
WHAT HAPPENED

Steve Smith put on a show against his former team, catching seven passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns. After dropping the home opener, the Ravens have won three straight games before a stretch in which they'll play four of the next five games on the road. The Ravens accumulated 454 yards of total offense and went 10-for-13 on third-down conversions.

KEY PLAY

Flacco lofted a third-down pass to Daniels in the second quarter and watched it deflect off the tight end's hand and right into the arms of Smith. He coasted untouched into the end zone, celebrating the 61-yard touchdown catch.

"That film [of today's game] was a coaching session. I'm 35 years old, and I ran around them boys like they were schoolyard kids."
- Steve Smith, WR
0
sacks yielded by the Ravens for the third straight game.
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Week 5
Oct. 5, Lucas Oil Stadium
20
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13
WHAT HAPPENED

The Ravens defense accomplished much of what it wanted against the NFL's highest-scoring team, only to watch the offense falter repeatedly. The Ravens turned the ball over three times, leading to 10 Colts points. Flacco was sacked four times after not taking one in any of the previous three games.

KEY PLAY

In the fourth quarter with less than two minutes to play, on fourth-and-3 from the Ravens 43, Flacco lofted a pass over the hands of a Colts defender and Torrey Smith's left shoulder. Smith, running a go route, got both hands on it, but the ball bounced away.

"I think we played about as poorly as we've played in a while. We turned the ball over. We had penalties. We had mental [mistakes]. It's an opportunity for us to learn that we can't do that and win games. … It's a wake-up call."
- Jeremy Zuttah, C
1
third down converted by the Ravens, out of 11 attempts.
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Week 6
Oct. 12, Raymond James Stadium
48
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17
WHAT HAPPENED

In helping the Ravens improve to 4-2, Flacco set a single-game career high — and tied Tony Banks' franchise record, set in 2000 – for touchdown passes. The scoring barrage started when Flacco hit wide receiver Torrey Smith for a 9-yard touchdown less than two minutes into the first quarter. It ended with the 56-yard pass to Steve Smith just 63 seconds into the second quarter. They led 38-0 at halftime.

KEY PLAY

The play that maybe best summed up Flacco's day was the 56-yard touchdown pass to Steve Smith just over a minute into the second quarter. Flacco already had looked off Smith and was trying to find another receiver, then came back to Smith and heaved it to him.

"It's about as fast a start as you're going to get in all three phases. For the offense to do what they did early, for Joe and the wide receivers and the offensive line to do what they did early, is just historic."
- John Harbaugh, head coach
28
points scored by the Ravens in the first quarter, the most they've scored in any quarter on the road in team history.
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Week 7
Oct. 19, M&T Bank Stadium
29
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7
WHAT HAPPENED

The Ravens defense smothered quarterback Matt Ryan and the NFL's third-ranked offense in a victory that pushed the Ravens to 5-2 and first place in the AFC North. The Ravens sacked Ryan five times, forced one turnover and held the Falcons to a combined 5-for-18 on third- and fourth-down conversions.

KEY PLAY

Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs' tackling of Ryan in the end zone for a late fourth-quarter safety — the first of the Ravens linebacker's career — epitomized a dominant defensive effort.

"It just shows what we can do. Like I said, it's on film now, and everybody is seeing how our defense can kind of control games, and that's going to be the standard from now on. We want to kind of get this thing snowballing and keep going."
- Terrell Suggs, OLB
254
yards of total Atlanta offense, after the Falcons averaged 410 yards per game coming into the matchup.
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Week 8
Oct. 26, Paul Brown Stadium
27
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24
WHAT HAPPENED

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton score the game-winning touchdown on a sneak play on fourth-and-goal from the Ravens 1-yard line. The Ravens stopped Dalton's initial surge, but the secondary push got Dalton into the end zone and gave the Bengals a 27-24 lead with 57 seconds to play. Flacco's 80-yard touchdown pass to Smith with 32 seconds remaining was nullified when an official flagged the Ravens wide receiver for pass interference.

KEY PLAY

On the pass interference call with 32 seconds left in the game. Flacco rolled out of the pocket, bought some time and launched a throw deep down the right sideline. Smith and Bengals safety George Iloka were jockeying for position when Smith extended his arms and knocked Iloka to the turf before catching the ball.

"Joe threw a great ball; things happened. You know, ultimately, you hope you don't allow plays like that to dictate the determination of a win or loss. It happens. You know, [I'm] not disappointed, not upset, not frustrated, just exhausted and looking forward to get the opportunity to play next week."
- Steve Smith, WR
2
interceptions thrown by Joe Flacco, coming within a six-minute window in the third quarter. The first led to a 1-yard touchdown run by Bengals running back Giovani Bernard and the second resulted in a 32-yard field goal by kicker Mike Nugent.
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Week 9
Nov. 2, Heinz Field
43
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23
WHAT HAPPENED

A week after throwing six touchdowns and no interceptions in a 51-34 win over the Indianapolis Colts, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did it again. He completed 25 of 36 passes for 340 yards and six touchdowns as Pittsburgh cruised to the victory. Running back Justin Forsett was held to 38 rushing yards, his second lowest total in the regular season.

KEY PLAY

With a seven-point lead in the second quarter, the Ravens had the ball near midfield when rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro fumbled on second-and-5. The Steelers recovered, and five plays later, Roethlisberger threw his first touchdown pass of the game.

"A lot of things happened tonight that worry me, but thank God the NFL season is a marathon not a sprint. We've got a lot of things to work on. It's not just one particular thing. A loss like this, you've got to assess everything, and we're going to do that."
- Terrell Suggs, OLB
22
points scored by the Steelers in the second quarter, turning a 7-0 deficit into a 22-10 lead at halftime. Roethlisberger added three fourth-quarter touchdowns.
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Week 10
Nov. 9, M&T Bank Stadium
21
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7
WHAT HAPPENED

Led by running back Justin Forsett's 112 rushing yards and two touchdowns, the Ravens scored 21 unanswered points to overcome a slow start. The Ravens sacked Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger five times and forced two turnovers. In one part of the game, the Ravens held the Titans without a first down for nearly 26 minutes.

KEY PLAY

On fourth-and-1 from the Titans' 9-yard line and trailing, 7-0, the Ravens elected to go for the first down instead of kicking a field goal. Quarterback Joe Flacco pitched the ball to Forsett, who outran Tennessee linebacker Kamerion Wimbley and into the end zone to tie the game.

"The catalyst was really our defense, obviously."
- John Harbaugh, head coach
1
first down for the Titans on eight consecutive drives after two long drives to start the game.
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Week 12
Nov. 24, Mercedes-Benz Superdome
34
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27
WHAT HAPPENED

Running back Justin Forsett rushed for a career-high 182 yards and two touchdowns as the Ravens won at the site of their Super Bowl XLVII victory. The Ravens trailed by three points at halftime, but they tied the game with a field goal by Justin Tucker and took the lead for good when safety Will Hill returned an interception 44 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.

KEY PLAY

Hill's interception was important because it put the Ravens back ahead of New Orleans, but Forsett's second touchdown gets the nod. With the Ravens holding a seven-point lead and less than three minutes remaining, Forsett sealed the game with a 20-yard run into the end zone.

"As he threw the ball, it was behind him. I saw the opportunity, and I just took it. It was great, especially on prime time, Monday Night Football. Your team was down, and they really needed a boost. I was glad to be the one to give it."
- Will Hill, SS
8.3
average yards per carry by Forsett, including a long rush of 38 yards.
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Week 13
Nov. 30, M&T Bank Stadium
34
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33
WHAT HAPPENED

The Ravens led by at least nine points in every quarter. But they couldn't get the win after giving up three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers' 1-yard pass to Eddie Royal with 38 seconds to go. Rivers completed 34 of his 45 passes for 383 yards and three touchdowns in the game. In the loss, running back Justin Forsett had his third straight 100-yard game and surpassed 1,000 yards for the season.

KEY PLAY

One play after safety Anthony Levine was called for pass interference, Rivers hit Royal in the end zone to complete an 80-yard drive and give the Chargers their first lead of the game.

"This is a stinger. If you look around the locker room, a lot of people are gone and disappointed. You've got to move on and get your mind ready to evaluate yourself."
- Steve Smith, WR
0
sacks by the Ravens defense, who finished tied for second in the NFL with 49 sacks during the regular season.
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Week 14
Dec. 7, Sun Life Stadium
28
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13
WHAT HAPPENED

After they fell behind by 10 points in the first quarter, the Ravens scored with 2 seconds remaining before halftime. Then, they outscored the Dolphins, 21-3, in the second half to pull away. Quarterback Joe Flacco threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another to help the Ravens win in their first game without defensive lineman Haloti Ngata, who began his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

KEY PLAY

Facing fourth-and-1 on their own 34-yard line in the third quarter, Flacco picked up the first down with a quarterback sneak. He hit wide receiver Kamar Aiken for the go-ahead score seven plays later to put the Ravens ahead, 14-10.

"We stuck together, we didn't panic, we did stay with our game plan -- all three phases. We overcame some things, some penalties and things like that, that hurt us."
- John Harbaugh, head coach
4
touchdowns for the Ravens in five trips into the red zone. The other drive resulted in an interception in the second quarter.
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Week 15
Dec. 14, M&T Bank Stadium
20
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12
WHAT HAPPENED

The Ravens started quickly with a blocked punt that Kamar Aiken returned 11 yards for a touchdown on the Jaguars' opening drive. But they scored only three more points before halftime as Jacksonville took a 12-10 lead on four field goals by Josh Scobee. The Ravens took the lead on a 3-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Flacco to tight end Owen Daniels about halfway through the third quarter and held the Jaguars scoreless in the second half.

KEY PLAY

After forcing the Jaguars to go three-and-out on their first possession of the second half, the Ravens completed a seven-play, 80-yard drive with the touchdown from Flacco to Daniels.

"We were kind of stagnant at times on offense. I know I have to do a better job. We have to look at ourselves in the mirror and figure out what we were doing that wasn't working, and figure out how we can move on from that."
- Justin Forsett, RB
8
sacks by the Ravens, including 2 1/2 by linebacker Terrell Suggs and two by rookie defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan.
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Week 16
Dec. 21, NRG Stadium
25
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13
WHAT HAPPENED

With a chance to win out to clinch a playoff berth, the Ravens dropped the ball against the Texans and, therefore, needed help to make the postseason. Quarterback Joe Flacco threw three interceptions, running back Justin Forsett had a season-low 19 yards on 10 carries and the Ravens managed just 211 yards on offense. Wide receiver Torrey Smith had two touchdown catches in the loss.

KEY PLAY

With a nine-point lead coming out of the two-minute warning in the first half, the Texans attempted a trick play. Houston running back Arian Foster took the ball and threw a 5-yard pass to tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz to put the Ravens down by 16 points at halftime.

"I mean we got our [butt] kicked. It's really simple. We did a lot of things not very well."
- Joe Flacco, QB
10
hits on Flacco yielded to the Texan defense, including four by defensive end J.J. Watt.
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Week 17
Dec. 28, M&T Bank Stadium
20
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10
WHAT HAPPENED

Needing a win in the regular-season finale and some help to get into the playoffs, the Ravens continued to play poorly at the beginning of games. They trailed, 10-3, heading into the fourth quarter before scoring 17 points in less than seven minutes to pull out the victory. Quarterback Joe Flacco threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Torrey Smith with 7:33 to go before finishing the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kamar Aiken with 3:44 left.

KEY PLAY

Just before Flacco's touchdown pass to Smith, the two players started the two-play, 69-yard drive with a 53-yard completion.

"Just a crazy finish to a crazy season. But now, we've got more and that's great. I'm not really good with emotions when it comes to football, but you obviously go through a lot in a situation like this."
- Owen Daniels, TE
2
career highs set by Flacco in this victory: By throwing for 312 yards and two touchdowns, he pushed his season totals to 3,986 yards and 27 TDs.
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AFC Wild Card
Jan. 3, Heinz Field
30
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17
WHAT HAPPENED

The Ravens scored 10 points in each of the final three quarters to pull away from the AFC North champion Steelers for a convincing win to open the playoffs. Joe Flacco threw two touchdown passes and Justin Tucker kicked three field goals to lead the Ravens. In the fourth quarter, Terrell Suggs caught an interception with his knees that led to a 21-yard touchdown pass from Flacco to rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore with 7:56 to go in the game.

KEY PLAY

The Ravens led by eight points in the fourth quarter when Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger attempted to throw to running back Ben Tate in the flat. But the ball bounced off Tate's hands, and Suggs cradled it between his knees for the interception. One play later, the Ravens increased their lead to 15.

"What can you say? [Flacco]'s the best quarterback in football. We'll take him any day of the week, twice on Sundays."
- John Harbaugh, head coach
5
sacks on Roethlisberger by the Ravens defense, including two by outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil.
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AFC Divisional
Jan. 10, Gillette Stadium
35
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31
WHAT HAPPENED

The Ravens had a 14-point lead at two different times, but they couldn’t put New England away. They drove down the field and scored on their first two possessions to take a 14-0 lead over the Patriots. New England answered with two touchdowns to tie the game before Joe Flacco threw a 11-yard touchdown pass to Owen Daniels to give the Ravens a 21-14 lead at halftime. And then Justin Forsett pushed the lead to 14 points again with a 16-yard reception from Flacco in the third quarter. But Tom Brady’s 23-yard pass to Brandon LaFell with 5:13 remaining in the game gave New England its first lead. And it was good enough to end the Ravens’ season.

KEY PLAY

With the Ravens holding onto a seven-point lead, 28-21, with a little more than four minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Patriots ran a trick play. Brady threw the ball to his left behind the line of scrimmage to Julian Edelman, who then tossed it down the field to Danny Amendola for a 51-yard touchdown to tie the game.

"They made one more play than we did. You have to tip your hat to them. They won a tough game on their home field. We came up here to win a game and there was no hesitation on our part."
- Terrell Suggs, OLB
2
touchdowns scored by Amendola, who had 27 catches for 200 yards and only one touchdown in the regular season. Both of his touchdowns tied the game for the Patriots.