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5 Key Moments in Baltimore


1. Marcedes Lewis'  drop on 2nd down and eight at the Jags 43 yard line.

We knew the Jaguars offense was going in for tough sledding against a really good and really aggressive Baltimore front seven. Their first drive started off well, efficient with 9-yard plays by Toby Gerhart and Cecil Shorts, it was exactly what the unit needed. Rookie quarterback Blake Bortles kept the Jaguars ahead of the chains and in manageable situations, which was critical vs. the Ravens. On 2nd and eight at their own 43, Bortles rolled left with pressure after him and let loose a perfectly thrown pass to the normally sure-handed Marcedes Lewis who dropped what would have been a 1st down and put the Jaguars on the Ravens side of the field. Two plays later the Ravens blocked Bryan Anger's punt and returned it for a touchdown, which wasn't Lewis' fault, but could have been avoided if the offense was still on the field.

2. Jaguars force a fumble and recover it at the Ravens 33 yard line.

Baltimore had just 27 yards of offense after the 1st quarter but led 7-6 thanks to their special teams. They earned their first 1st down of the game on the 2nd play of the 2nd quarter but on the 3rd play Josh Evans and JT Thomas collided with fullback Kyle Juszczyk and dislodged the ball which Thomas recovered. The Jaguars offense couldn't ask for anything more than the ball that deep in Ravens territory. However they could do nothing with it, actually ceding 2 yards and setting up for Josh Scobee's 2nd 53-yard field goal of the day and a thin 9-7 lead that probably should have been more.

3. Half-time

This is self-explanatory. The defense was playing as well as you could possibly ask. They stopped the run, gave the offense field position and kept Joe Flacco in check allowing only a field goal to allow the Jaguars to lead 12-10 at the half. But the offense came out in the 3rd quarter and couldn't build off any of the defenses' success. They went 3 and out on their first series and needed a fake punt to keep their second drive alive. In total they produced just 68 yards in the second half and 19 of those came on Bryan Anger's pass to Will Ta'ufo'ou.

4. Flacco under pressure delivers a big time throw on 3rd down.

The Ravens didn't struggle in the second half. On their second drive of the 3rd they put together an efficient drive moving off their own 20 thanks to Flacco's accuracy        and timing with his receivers. Their precision was on display on 3rd and three at their own 42 yard line. Flacco was flushed from the pocked to his right but had nowhere to throw on that side, with everything breaking down around him he threw for where he believed Torrey Smith would be without actually being able to see him. Smith was there to gain 4 yards and keep the drive moving. Three plays later the Ravens regained the lead when Flacco found tight end Owen Daniels for what would be the game winning touchdown.

5. 8:28 to play and 5:13 to play down 5

The Jaguars had two golden opportunities in the 4th quarter. Justin Tucker's missed field goal gave them the ball at their own 44 yard line down just 5 points. They went backwards allowing sacks on 2nd and 3rd down and punted from their 29-yard line.  They would get another with 5:13 to play after the defense got the Ravens off the field in three plays. They started the next series at mid-field but managed just 13 yards and turned the ball over on downs with 3:29 to play.

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