Ravens Miscues Lead to Loss Against Giants
The Baltimore Ravens collapsed in the fourth quarter for the third game this year losing to the Giants by a final of 24-20. The Ravens have yet to string together two consecutive weeks with a win. Despite the loss the Ravens currently sit at 3-3 and remain in first place in the AFC North over the Cincinnati Bengals, whom they hold a head to head tie breaker over.
The story on Sunday for the Ravens was turnover and penalties, that led to their defeat. The Ravens were penalized 10 times for 74 yards including some critical false starts that hindered drives. While the Ravens failed to score in the first quarter they strong together some impressive drives moving the ball into Giants territory on their only two drives of the quarter. A rare Justin Tucker miss from 56-yards that hit the left upright kept the game deadlocked at zero through 15 minutes.
The Ravens opened the scoring in the second quarter with a Kenyan Drake 30-yard touchdown. But the Giants would answer on their opening possession of the second quarter as Giants quarterback Daniel Jones capped off a 10-play 53 yard drive. Jones found his receiver Wan’Dale Robinson for the five-yard score.
The Ravens would answer with three points on their next offensive drive with a 34-yard field goal by Tucker to put the Ravens up 10-7. Jackson overthrew a wide open Mark Andrews just four plays prior to the field goal that would have been a touchdown. Jacksons accuracy especially on deep passes has been a concern this season and that issue showed itself again on Sunday.
The Ravens would extend their lead on their first possession of the second half, after driving down once again into the Giants redzone, Jackson and the offense failed to put seven on the board settling for a Tucker 23-yard field goal. The Giants would answer with a 34-yard field goal from Graham Gano on their next offensive possession to cut the Ravens lead 13-10.
Following the Giants field goal, the Ravens had their most impressive drive of the game as they went on an eight-play 75 yard drive. Kenyan Drake was the workhorse on the drive as he carried the ball four times for 27 yards as the Ravens got the ball down to the Giants 12 yard line. On second and eight from the Giants 12 Jackson found Mark Andrews on a diving catch in the back of the end zone to open up the Ravens lead 20-10 with just under 13 minutes remaining in the game. The Ravens first touchdown in the fourth quarter this season.
The Giants however would answer with a 75 yard drive of their own as Daniel Jones found his tight end Daniel Bellinger for an eight-yard score, Jones second touchdown pass of the afternoon.
With six minutes remaining the Ravens held a 20-17 lead, but all the momentum would swing in the Giants favor on the Ravens next possession. On third and one Jackson snuck off the left side to convert for crucial first down with just over three minutes remaining. But a penalty on the Ravens for an illegal formation negated the first down instead giving the Ravens a third down and five. On the next play a bad snap sent Jackson scrambling to recover the football. Jackson secured the ball running out to his right before throwing a jump ball intended for fullback Patrick Ricard back across his body. The errant throw was picked off by Giants safety Julian Love and returned down to the Ravens 13 yard line.
The Giants would convert on the Jackson mistake just three plays later on a Saquon Barkley one-yard run to give the Giants a 24-20 lead. Their first lead of the day with 1:43 remaining in the game.
With all three timeouts and plenty of time Jackson and the Ravens offense returned to the field looking to go on a game winning drive. After a dropped Demarcus Robinson pass on first down. Jackson dropped back to pass on second down but the pass rush of the Giants defensive front quickly got to Jackson. Rookie outside linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux hit Jackson knocking the ball loose for a fumble. After a scramble for the ball Giants defensive lineman Leonard Williams fell on the ball to seal the Giants victory.
Sunday’s loss falls squarely on the Ravens as they out gained the Giants 406 to 238, while holding Daniel Jones to 173 yards passing and Saquon Barkley to 83 yards on the ground, and held the Giants to just 3.8 yard per play compared to their 7.0 yards per play. The Ravens out performed the Giants in nearly every statistical category, but going 1-3 in the red zone while having two key turnovers in the waining moments, and several untimely penalties is not conducive for winning in the NFL. In their three losses this season the Ravens have only trailed for 120 seconds, and must find ways to win moving forward down the stretch before this 2022 season starts to slip away.
The Ravens return home to Baltimore next Sunday as they take on AFC North rival, Cleveland Browns who are currently 2-4 and in third place in the division.
Morgan Moses (Heel) Day-to-Day
J.K. Dobbins (Knee) Day-to-Day
Mark Andrews went over the 100 yard receiving mark for the second time this season.
Calais Campbell now sits 4.5 sacks away from 100 career sacks after recording one sack on Sunday.
Kenyan Drake led all rushers with 119 yards on the ground, his first 100 yard game since week eight of 2020.
Patrick Queen led all Ravens in tackles with seven.
Rookie Travis Jones recorded his first career sack on Sunday.