BALTIMORE — Besides the extra tick that will go in the team’s W column, there won’t be much about the Baltimore Ravens’ 37-34 overtime win over the Buffalo Bills Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.
That’s not necessarily fair, either. The Ravens (5-2) did a number of good things, but those good things will ultimately be shadowed in the eyes of many by the fact that they had to overcome a large deficit and then use overtime heroics to get past a Bills (0-6) team that has won as many games in the NFL this year as the Baltimore Orioles.
QB Joe Flacco’s performance might not ultimately go down as one of the greatest games of his career. He was by no means bad whatsoever, finishing his day 16/31 for 250 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. He looked a bit shaky early on, and was nearly intercepted by Bills CB Reggie Corner on a crucial drive before halftime, but he recovered and put together what was a solid if not spectacular overall game.
Of course, there’s no doubt there will be at least a handful of “Monday Morning Quarterbacks” who will spend the next two weeks obsessing over his faults.
What stood out for me about Flacco’s work Sunday wasn’t necessarily his statistical performance or the way he lead the team to an important 17 points in the span of 1:04 late in the 2nd quarter and early in the 3rd. It was instead something that didn’t happen on the field at all.
Head Coach John Harbaugh was asked post-game about the atmosphere in the Ravens’ locker room at halftime; where they were undoubtedly surprised to find themselves trailing 24-20 even after scoring ten points late in the half to make things close. Harbaugh had said the the locker room was more “determined” than “emotional”, but added “there were some things said, and that’s the way it is in football.”
There’s nothing surprising about football players and coaches saying something at halftime