Flacco intercepted twice in loss
Flacco's pass to the flat ricocheted off wide receiver Derrick Mason's body when Mason was hit from behind, and the carom landed in Ross' hands. "I tried to put the ball in to Derrick and protect him a little bit," Flacco said. "You know, it was just unfortunate. Tipped balls don't hit the ground in this league. "If the ball goes in the air, there are a lot of guys on the defensive side that know how to get it and they are all around it." Flacco chased Ross in vain on the touchdown. "I couldn't let him catch me because my girl wouldn't let me hear the end of it at the house," said Ross, whose girlfriend is an Olympic sprinter. Regardless, Mason said he should have caught the pass. "I've made hundreds of those catches," Mason said. "A situation like that where I have the opportunity to draw the game to three points, I have to make it, somehow, some way. If you want to be great in this game, you have to make those catches all the time. There's no excuse for not making it this time." An Audubon, N.J. native, Flacco completed 20 of 33 passes for 164 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for a 58.1 quarterback rating. It was his first interceptions in a month, ending a four-game streak without a turnover. Flacco entered the game having not thrown an interception in 112 consecutive throws and had thrown six touchdown passes for no interceptions during a four-game winning streak. He was intercepted by Ross in the second quarter when he was trying to go to Mason over the middle. "Their guy undercut the route," Flacco said. "I was standing in the pocket, I wanted to stand in there strong and I thought I saw Derrick come around the guy and he just did a good job of undercutting the route. I probably should have just taken it down and not thrown it." The primary bright spot for Flacco was scrambling for a team-high 57 rushing yards on six carries . "That needs to be done against some teams in order to win games," Flacco said. "You're going to pick up first downs running the ball sometimes. Anyway we can pick up first downs, we're going to do it." TOUGHING IT OUT: Despite a dislocated left shoulder that sidelined him in practice all week, Mason gutted it out to catch a team-high seven passes for 82 yards. It was Mason's 100th consecutive game. "I think Mason was very effective," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "You know the fact that he caught every ball. He ran tremendous routes, and he was a factor in the game. "He wasn't 100 percent for sure, but that's the kind of guy Mason is. He's a courageous man and he played well." Mason took a pain-killer prior to kickoff and emerged from the game relatively unscathed, aggravating it only slightly. "The shoulder is sore, but, right now, I've got enough medicine in me that I should be okay for a couple more hours," Mason said. "We'll see how it goes, just continue to rehab and nurse it. I aggravated it a little, but not enough for me to come out of the game and not be able to play next week." INJURY REPORT: Offensive tackle Jared Gaither left the game in the fourth quarter with a right shoulder injury believed to be the Ravens' most serious ailment. He had trouble lifting his right arm and said he will undergo a magnetic resonance imaging exam today. "We're going to find out how bad it is," Gaither said. "I'll be praying." Offensive tackle Adam Terry tweaked his sprained right ankle, but returned. "I just got rolled up on a little bit," Terry said. "I'm aware of it, but I came out fine. It's nothing I can control." Running back Willis McGahee left the game with a tweaked left ankle. He could have returned, according to a team official. CONTESTED: Cornerback Samari Rolle's interception of Giants quarterback Eli Manning in the third quarter was overturned following an instant-replay challenge from New York coach Tom Coughlin. Officials determined that the football hit the ground before Rolle caught it. "I know I had it because I think if you catch the ball and have control, you should be down by contact," Rolle said. HOMECOMING: Rookie running back Ray Rice grew up in nearby New Rochelle, N.Y., and his mother, Janet Rice, and several other family members and friends attended his first NFL game at Giants Stadium. Rice has no regrets about his decision to declare for the NFL draft following his junior season at Rutgers. He rushed for 19 yards on eight carries Sunday. "You miss college, but when your dream comes true like this you don't want to turn back," Rice said. "I miss everything that happens at school, but it's now time to look forward." QUICK HITS: The Ravens deactivated quarterback Todd Bouman, wide receiver Terrance Copper (shoulder/neck), cornerback Evan Oglesby, linebacker Antwan Barnes, offensive tackle Willie Anderson (sprained right ankle), wide receiver Marcus Smith, tight end Daniel Wilcox (thigh) and defensive tackle Lamar Divens. ... The Ravens went 5 for 12 on third downs and didn't win the time of possession battle, holding the football for just 29 minutes and eight seconds. ... Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 96 yards, 23 more than any back had gained against Baltimore this season as he topped Indianapolis Colts runner Dominic Rhodes. Rhodes had 73 yards against the Ravens on Oct. 12. ... The Ravens were flagged for 10 penalties, including four offsides and two false starts. "I don't think the penalties were a factor in the game," Harbaugh said. "It was just playing a really good football team that played better than us."
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