Baltimore Ravens Reportcard
It was a disappointing game that raises serious questions about Flacco's ability to take the next step in his professional career.
Running back: F
Ray Rice had a critical fumble in the third quarter, a momentum-changing play that began the Ravens' third-quarter swoon. He rushed for only 32 yards on 12 carries, scoring one touchdown. He caught seven passes, but gained just 32 yards.
Anquan Boldin dropped a potential touchdown pass in the end zone in the fourth quarter. Boldin finished with one catch for minus-two yards. T.J. Houshmandzadeh tried to body catch a late pass that would have given the Ravens a first down. He caught three passes for 38 yards. Derrick Mason was targeted three times, but didn't catch a single pass.
Offensive line: F
They allowed Joe Flacco to be sacked five times and there were seven tackles for losses. They were brutalized by former NFL Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison, who had a beastly game with three sacks, two quarterback hits and two pass deflections.
Defensive line: D
They sacked Ben Roethlisberger six times with rush outside linebacker Terrell Suggs recording three of them and forcing one fumble. Ben Roethlisberger was under a lot of pressure, but still managed to complete 19 of 32 passes for 226 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 101.8 passer rating. Cory Redding alertly scooped up a fumble and returned it for a touchdown.
Middle linebacker Ray Lewis posted nine tackles, but few were impactful. Jameel McClain got worked on in pass coverage. Dannell Ellerbe had his moments, posting six tackles. Jarret Johnson got blocked more than he usually does and was limited to two tackles.
Lardarius Webb got beat for a pivotal 58-yard reception to Antonio Brown that set up the Steelers' game-winning touchdown. Dawan Landry had a team-high 10 tackles, one for a loss and a pass deflection. Chris Carr's coverage was solid and he tackled extremely well. Josh Wilson played well for the most part, knocking down two passes.
Special teams: B-minus
Lardarius Webb's punt return for a touchdown was nullified by a questionable holding call on Marcus Smith. Billy Cundiff connected on a 24-yard field goal, but his kickoffs were uncharacteristically short. Sam Koch averaged 53.8 yards per punt and had two downed inside the 20-yard line with a game-best punt of 61 yards. The kickoff and punt coverage was good enough.
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