Ravens Notes: Too Many Mistakes

The Ravens did a lot of talking leading up to and during the game against the Patriots, but when the final whistle sounded, it was New England on top 23-20. If Baltimore didn't make so many mistakes, they could have (probably should have) won the game.

Suggs Has Some Words

   --After the Patriots gained 24 yards on a first-and-25 play, outside linebacker Terrell Suggs and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady got into an animated verbal exchange as they walked down the field. It got so heated that the players banged their facemasks against each other.

   Asked about the conversation, Suggs said, "He was trying to tell me how to bag a Hollywood actress. He was like, 'Sizzle, if you want to get a Hollywood actress, take my seminar on Saturday.'"

   When informed that the chat didn't seem that friendly, Suggs replied, "You have to read his lips. We were going over the Dow, the economy and politics. We really don't talk football out there."

Going Too Conservative?
   --After going ahead 20-10 early in the fourth quarter, the Ravens didn't attack downfield as they had in the first three quarters.

   Once the Ravens took that 10-point advantage, only four of Flacco's passes were thrown in the direction of a wide receiver over the final 28 minutes of play. Six of Flacco's throws went to running back Ray Rice.

   Asked why the Ravens weren't as aggressive in the second half, Flacco said, "I am not really the guy to ask there, but like I said, we had opportunities to do what we needed to do ... and win the game."

   In the first three quarters, Flacco was 20 of 23 for 226 yards and two touchdowns. In the fourth quarter and overtime, he was seven of 12 for 59 yards.

McGahee Raides The Bench
   --For the first time since Nov. 30, 2008, running back Willis McGahee did not participate in a game in which he was active.

   McGahee joined backup quarterback Marc Bulger as the only players who suited up but didn't step onto the field.

   Ray Rice and Le'Ron McClain combined for 31 carries for 95 yards. After the game, coach John Harbaugh said McGahee's absence was unintentional.

   "It wasn't part of the plan or anything like that," Harbaugh said. "I am not sure as far as a rotation. This is a kind of game that Ray can excel in, with the type of plays we were running and the surface of the field. Ray was doing OK, too."

Hot Headed
   --Le'Ron McClain picked a bad time to let his emotions get the best of him.

   On the team's final possession in overtime, the Ravens' starting fullback was flagged for shoving outside linebacker Jermaine Cunningham after the play. McClain said he was responding to a Cunningham taunt. So instead of second-and-9 from their own 20, the Ravens were forced into third-and-19 from the 10.

   "It's crazy," McClain said, "but I'm not going to put the whole game on that one play. We should've had this game won. It's a shame it went into overtime. But stuff happens. We'll try to bounce back against the Buffalo Bills. That's the best thing about it. We get to play again next Sunday."


   --RB Willis McGahee will remain on the Ravens for the rest of the season. There had been speculation that McGahee would be traded, but coach John Harbaugh guaranteed McGahee is not leaving.
   --FS Ed Reed will start practicing Wednesday, but there is no guarantee that he will play Sunday. He started the season on the physically unable to perform list after having offseason hip surgery.
   --LB Brendon Ayanbadejo is on schedule to return to practice Wednesday. He has been on the physically unable to perform list after suffering a season-ending quadriceps injury last October.
   --CB Josh Wilson was inactive for the second time this season. He was limited in practice last week with a hamstring injury.
   --DE Paul Kruger could try to return to practice Wednesday. He was inactive for Sunday's game after being limited in practice all week with a knee injury.
   --TE Todd Heap was briefly knocked out of Sunday's game after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Patriots S Brandon Meriweather. Heap missed only five plays before returning. He finished with three catches for 49 yards.

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