Ravens Vs. Steelers: Baltimore’s Joe Flacco Still Can’t Get It Done in Playoffs

January 16, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Baltimore Ravens were on the way to the Super Bowl, riding the coattails of a 21-7 first-half lead. The defense forced two key turnovers in the first half, while the offense was efficient and took care of the ball.
Then came Round 2 of the heavyweight bout with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Joe Flacco and Co. came up limp. Ray Rice fumbled in the third quarter to get the ugliness going, and Flacco followed suit on the following drive with a bad interception.
Seventeen unanswered points later, and the Pittsburgh Steelers were leading 24-21. The Ravens were able to tie the game at 24-24, but the Steelers got a big first down on a 3rd-and-19 play, and took the lead back, 31-24.
With the season on the line, Flacco was sacked for the fifth time on the day on the final drive, and wasn't able to find a receiver for a completion on the first three downs. T.J. Houshmandzadeh would become the immediate scapegoat on fourth down, as a seemingly quality pass from Flacco hit Hous...

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