The Baltimore Ravens (5-2) had to rally back from a 21-point deficit, which is the biggest comeback in team history, to beat the Arizona Cardinals (1-6) in a game that looked like it was over from the start.
The Arizona defense made it tough for the Baltimore offense, which has been struggling in recent weeks, to get anything going on the ground or threw the air. The Arizona defense held the Ravens offense to only 106-yards on 29 plays and only 3 points in their first five drives. The Cardinals defense was able to cause two Flacco turnovers and no touchdowns in the first half.
Arizona was successful at every aspect in the first half. Arizona was able to force and recover a fumble in the Ravens territory which led to a 1-yard touchdown run by Beanie Wells. Beanie Wells ran for 83-yards on 22 carries as many thought that he wouldn’t play today as he hurt his knee in last week’s game against the Steelers. Rookie cornerback Patrick Peterson put the Cardinals ahead 17-3 when he returned a punt 82-yards to the house. After that, Kevin Kolb connected with Early Doucet for a 10-yard touchdown pass to go up 24-3. Billy Cundiff was able to put in a field goal for the Ravens to make the score 24-6 right before half.
Baltimore came out in the second half looking like a whole new team offensively. The Ravens drove 80-yards on 7 plays on the first drive of the second half and it ended with a Ray Rice 1-yard touchdown run. Baltimore was able to stop the Cardinals offense on their next possession and forced them to punt. Baltimore followed up their last drive with the same result, a 1-yard run by Ray Rice.
On the next Arizona drive, Baltimore linebacker Jameel McClain picked off Kolb in Arizona territory and that led to another Ray Rice touchdown, which put the Ravens ahead 27-24.
With 8:55 left in the game, Jay Feely put in a 45-yard kick for Arizona to tie the ball game at 27-27. The Baltimore Ravens received the ball back and were forced to punt. With 3:07 left, the Baltimore Ravens defense came up big as they held the Cardinals to 4-yards on 6 plays and gave their offense a chance to win the game. The Ravens offense was able to drive, and with 3 seconds left Billy Cundiff was able to seal the deal for the Ravens with a 25-yard field goal to win the game 30-27.
This game was a tale of two halves as the Cardinals looked to put this game away early, but the Ravens were able to dominate the second half and make a miraculous comeback. Ray Rice touched the ball a total of twenty-five times and had three touchdowns. This is a big increase from his eight carry game last week against Jacksonville where he was basically a ghost. Joe Flacco was forced to throw a lot of passes today as the Ravens were playing from behind the majority of the game. He was 31 of 51 for 336-yards with an interception. Flacco was able to throw a beautiful pass down-field with 44 seconds left to Torrey Smith which lead to the game winning field goal. Anquan Boldin had a huge game against his former team as he had 7 catches for 145-yards.
Arizona has now lost six game straight and their offense has been nothing but inconsistent this year. The Cardinals offensive line looked terrible once again, as the Ravens were able to sack Kolb six times. Even though Fitzgerald had 98-yards he only had three catches, if the Cardinals are going to be more successful they need to find a way to get him more involved. Defensively the Cardinals broke down late and allowed the Ravens to make plays when they had to.
Baltimore takes on the Steelers next week in a game that will be one of the most anticipated of the weekend.
Arizona will play the St. Louis Rams who just got their first win of the season this week. The loser of this game will be dead last in the NFC West.