Fourth-quarter Flacco coming up big for Ravens

December 11, 2013 | Luke Jones

A three-game winning streak at home propelled the Ravens back in position to earn a playoff berth for a sixth consecutive season, but their demise may come with two of their final three games being played away from M&T Bank Stadium.

Though four of their five road losses have come by a combined 15 points — the Ravens lost by 22 at Denver on Sept. 5 — a 1-5 mark on the road doesn’t bode well for late-season trips to Detroit and Cincinnati in the final three weeks of the regular season.

“We’ve won the close games at home, and we haven’t won them on the road,” coach John Harbaugh said. “That’s the bottom line. We’ve done the things we needed to do to win tight games at home, and we haven’t done the things we needed to do on the road. It’s us – it’s what we’ve done – [and] the plays we’ve made or haven’t made that have been the difference.”

Eleven of Flacco’s 17 interceptions have come in away games, but the Baltimore defense has allowed 26.8 points per game on the road — skewed by Denver’s 49-point explosion in Week 1 — compared to just 14.3 points surrendered per home contest.

It’s a trend that must be reversed as the Ravens face two top-10 offenses on the road over the final three games.

“There is no disrespect calling a spade a spade,” said Suggs about the Ravens’ struggles away from home. “But the season isn’t over yet. We still have two on the road, and we need these two. I guess we’ll have an answer for that question come the end of the season.”