That said, rushing three guys time and time again isn’t going to send fear into many of the league’s elite quarterbacks.
It’s a problem Mattison and John Harbaugh are going to need to look at over the next few weeks.
We also saw that Joe Flacco – decent enough in the first three quarters while throwing two TD’s – isn’t yet Tom Brady. When the game mattered, Brady delivered. Flacco, two weeks removed from his “delivery game” in Pittsburgh, wasn’t going up against Charlie Batch today. He was going up against a Hall of Famer. And when you give that guy and his long hair one extra chance, there’s a good chance it’s going to come back to haunt you.
Flacco doesn’t play defensive back, so he can’t take all the blame for the game-winning drive, but he gave the ball back to Brady not once, but twice in sudden death overtime. That, as it turned out, was one time too many.