Pass on The Ravens Nevermore: Baltimore Defense Crushes Miami in Victory

Paul Augustin, Jr.Senior Analyst IJanuary 4, 2009

The Baltimore defense showed the Miami offense what a thorough butt-whipping looks like. 

Baltimore used big plays and a great defense to turn a 3-0 deficit into a 27-9 route. The Ravens turned Mr. Comeback to Mr. Interception.

In total, Miami turned the ball over five times.  Chad Pennington threw four interceptions and Patrick Cobbs lost a fumble.

The Ravens harrassed Pennington all day long.  Baltimore sacked him three times and hit him numerous others. Ed Reed again proved that he is the best safety in the game by intercepting two passes.

Both interceptions proved to be crucial. 

The first one was returned for a touchdown and put the Ravens 10-3.  The second one halted a drive that looked as if it would have culminated in at least a field goal.

The run defense was just as stifling.  Ray Lewis, Bart Scott, and company held Miami to just 2.5 yards per carry. 

The Dolphins' defense was good in its own right.  Joe Flacco completed only about one third of his passes.  The Ravens managed less than four yards per carry until Willis McGahee ran 48 yards with 4:34 left in the game. 

Other than holding down the Ravens' yardage, Miami had little else going for them.

The Ravens proved that you don't win in the playoffs by racking up yardage.  You win by playing stonewall defense, making big plays, and limiting the opponents big plays.