Baltimore Ravens Overcome Road Woes to Pick Up Win in San Diego
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So far in 2012 the Baltimore Ravens have been the tale of two teams. The Ravens playing at home and the Ravens playing on the road.
The Ravens' offense, led by quarterback Joe Flacco, has failed to produce while on the road this season. The offense has produced just 16.5 points per game (PPG) outside of Baltimore, while producing 36.8 PPG at home.
Joe Flacco has been a big reason for the Ravens' inept offense on the road this season. At home, Flacco has thrown for 332 yards per game while throwing 10 touchdowns and only three interceptions in five games. In six games on the road, Flacco has averaged just 206 yards passing per game while throwing four touchdowns and four interceptions.
The Ravens put those numbers behind them on Sunday, overcoming a 10-0 halftime deficit to produce 443 yards of total offense and pull out a 16-13 victory in San Diego.
Flacco paced the offense with 355 yards passing while running back Ray Rice produced 164 yards of total offense, including the critical play of the Ravens' fourth-quarter comeback.
On a 4th-and-29 with just over two minutes remaining in the game, Rice took a dump-off pass from Flacco and scampered 29 yards for a first down to keep the Ravens' hopes of winning alive.
The drive would result in a Justin Tucker game-tying field goal with no time remaining to send the game to overtime. Tucker would later kick the game-winning field goal with less than two minutes to go in overtime.
This was the first road game of the season in which the Ravens managed to produce more than 400 total yards of offense and Flacco threw for more than 300 yards.
With such a disparity between the Ravens' production at and away from M&T Bank Stadium, it will be that much more important for them to catch Houston in the battle for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Ravens are essentially two games back from the Texans, having lost their head-to-head match up to them in Week 7.
With three of their final five games at home, the Ravens will have an opportunity to finish the season strong and vie for the top seed in the AFC.
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