Ravens win in San Diego and I, now, officially believe in magic

November 25, 2012 | Drew Forrester

And now, at 9-2, the Ravens can eliminate the Steelers from AFC North contention with a win in Baltimore next Sunday afternoon.

That’s how big the win in San Diego turned out to be for John Harbaugh’s team.

At 4th and 29, they were staring 8-3 in the face and a tie with New England and Denver in the AFC.  A Ray Rice catch-and run plus two Justin Tucker field goals later, the Ravens can keep Pittsburgh from winning the division title next Sunday.

Yes, Baltimore’s offense only managed one touchdown on Sunday in San Diego.

It was ugly for the most part.

Sure, John Harbaugh lost his mind for a moment when the score was 10-3 and he went for it on 4th and 1 instead of kicking a field goal that would have made it 10-6.

Most of the time, those boneheaded decisions come back to haunt you.

But the Chargers are 4-7 (now) for a reason.

And they showed it on that 4th and 29 play.

Meanwhile, it’s time for all of us to stop trying to figure out this Ravens team.  I have no idea how they’re doing this and neither do they.  But they’re going to stick with the “a win is a win” mantra all week at Owings Mills and you know what, I’m going to sign on as a subscriber first thing Monday morning.  There’s no other way to go.  You can either buy in or spend the rest of the season pulling your hair out.

They had no business winning on Sunday in San Diego.


Lyle Lovett had no business marrying a hottie like Julia Roberts — but he did.

And so it goes.

The Ravens are 9-2, having played much more like a team that could, honestly, be 6-5.  But 9-2 is 9-2.  And that’s what they are.

Say it with me:  “Nine and two is nine and two…”

Come on, you can do it.

“Nine and two is nine and two…”

And a win is a win.

I’m on board.


11 Comments For This Post

  1. Mark Says:

    I jumped on board after last week when Suggs said that since he came on board the Ravens had a top defense and no rings to show for it. So, all that matters is winning and that is what this team is doing. I know it is not pretty but 9 and 2 is still 9 and 2. Joe and Cam still drive me crazy but all this team does is win. I am on board!

  2. T S Elliott Says:

    Suddenly, it feels like the whacky 2000 season! We’re destined to complain all the way to the SuperBowl! Before you know it, Suggs will be Superbowl MVP and in a twist of fate, Tucker will get the invite to the Disney parade instead. By the way, typo in your article — it’s David “Copperfield”, not “Cooperfield”. David Cooperfield was the magician at plenty of Bar mitzvahs back in the 70’s wasn’t he? Or was he the balloon guy? (DF: It says Copperfield in the blog.)

  3. Mark Says:

    Fred Sanford? Makes no sense and is racist to me. (DF: You must not have watched the show. He was old and broken down and could barely walk. Like Leftwich last week. BTW, sorry about your Steelers today. bawahahahahah!)

  4. John in Westminster Says:

    You want magic? How about a beatdown of the Steelers next week coupled with a Charger win, ticked about losing to us and taking it out on the Bengals and the Ravens lock up the division with 4 games to play. Abracadabra!!

  5. unitastoberry Says:

    Damndist season I can remember since 2000.Glad to see the new kicker come thru.

  6. Robert Says:

    This edition of the Ravens reminds me of this year’s Orioles; winning despite the “numbers”. Frequently in team sports, the sum is greater than the parts. I look forward to more than one home game when we make the playoffs, notwithstanding my pre-season wager that the Ravens would not make the playoffs. That bet is one I’ll be happy to lose. Cheers.

  7. The Armchair QB Says:

    The Ravens are ultra-conservative on the road until they get behind and have to become more aggressive. Flacco’s right when he says they can produce when they “have to” because they have enough talent to win “in spite” of, not “because of”……coaching! You and I will continue to disagree on this opinion! Ray Rice’s brilliant 4th and 29 run for a first down was not the designed play; it was a “checkdown” and may provide the impetus to carry this team all the way to the Super Bowl! As some have noted, we won a Super Bowl with a “dysfunctional” offense, so here’s hoping we “catch lightening in a bottle”….again!

  8. tsnamm Says:

    Drew it was the most unprecedented win I can remember in a long time…kudos goes to the Defense who held Rivers and the Chargers to 13 points so that the Offense could wake up in the 4th. The Ravens will need to continue to find ways to win, as we will need to get some home games in the playoffs, lest we get a repeat of the week 7 beatdown, if the AFC has to go thru Houston. Granted the Defense is playing a lot more like those we remember, but if the Offense decides to have another 3 quarter no show on the road, we will be in big trouble. BTW did you notice how many “ex-Ravens” were on the Chargers?

  9. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    Steal a Win, Steal a Win. Thank God for Smoke and Mirrors, and we will take it !!!

  10. Lisa, Aberdeen Says:

    Funny you mentioin miracles – I posted on FB w/ 7+ mins left in game “Short of a miracle”. Well I too believe in miracles. I really did’t think they could pull that one out but they proved me wrong. In the future, I’d like the offense not to wait until 5+ minutes in game to make their move. Now I need a new rug as I wore a hole in it from pacing back and forth.

    The one positive thing I did see on the D this week, they were able to get off the field, for the most part, on 3rd down conversions.

    Bottom line, Ravens are 9-2.

  11. dave hittinger Says:

    Suggs has completely changed the complexion of the defense. He’s an absolute beast. I like this team, but really don’t see them going too far in the playoffs.

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