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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/Lions

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/Lions

Posted on 17 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Following every Baltimore Ravens game this season, Ryan Chell and I will take to the airwaves Tuesdays on “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net with a segment known as “The Five Plays That Determined The Game.”

It’s a simple concept. We’ll select five plays from each game that determined the outcome. These five plays will best represent why the Ravens won or lost each game.

This will be our final analysis of the previous game before switching gears towards the next game on the schedule.

Here are the five plays that determined the Ravens’ 18-16 win over the Detroit Lions Monday night at Ford Field…

(Note: not all pictures are always of actual play)

Glenn Clark’s Plays…

5. Louis Delmas called for unnecessary roughness after Joe Flacco pass intended for Marlon Brown incomplete on 3rd down (2nd quarter)

Ended up giving the Ravens three points in a spot where they would have gotten nothing.

4. Daryl Smith sacks Matthew Stafford for five yard loss at Baltimore 47 (1st quarter)

Lions had moved the ball at will on first two drives until this play, game appeared to be headed to a shootout or even a blowout.

3. Matt Elam intercepts Matthew Stafford pass intended for Nate Burleson (4th quarter)

The “ender”.

2. Jacoby Jones 27 yard catch from Joe Flacco on 3rd & 15 (4th quarter)

The significance of this play has somehow been lost.

1. Justin Tucker 61 yard field goal GOOD (4th quarter)

I still don’t believe it.

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Ravens Defeat Detroit “Just-In” Time to Keep AFC North Title Hopes Alive

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Ravens Defeat Detroit “Just-In” Time to Keep AFC North Title Hopes Alive

Posted on 17 December 2013 by Nick Dorsey

 

The Ravens faced a crucial 3rd and 10 with just over a minute left on the road during an important December contest. The Ravens had a little ways to go before getting into presumed “field goal range.” Baltimore ran a draw play to Ray Rice, which gained only two yards. The Ravens faced a 4th and long with the clock still running and Joe Flacco trying to get a play call to his teammates on the field. Coach Harbaugh finally called a timeout with 43 seconds remaining on the clock.

Ravens fans were questioning the draw play call on a third and long situation and were left even more puzzled when kicker Justin Tucker marched onto the field after the timeout. Tucker had kicked a perfect 5 for 5 during the game, responsible for all the teams’ points. Tucker told Coach Harbaugh he could make the kick, so the coach trusted the kicker and put him on the field.

It was a 61-yard field goal attempt that Harbaugh decided to go with instead of taking a chance on a long fourth down conversion. Both sidelines holding their breath as the snap went back to the holder and the kick was up. As close as it got, Justin Tucker made the 61-yard field goal game winner, the longest kick in a dome in NFL History. Detroit was in complete disbelief, but still had a chance to go up field with several timeouts left. Matthew Stafford on the ensuing possession, overthrew Calvin Johnson across the middle, right into the arms of rookie Matt Elam. What a coincidence, Matt Elam intercepting the game sealer off of the arms of the “old” Calvin Johnson.

The last two weeks for Baltimore have been as bizarre as it can get for a franchise this late in the season. It is not every day you see a coach trust his kicker to make a 61-yard field goal with the playoffs on the line. Harbaugh took the chance and was rewarded for the gutsy call.
This was not a pretty win for the Ravens, as they were 0-3 in the red-zone during the first half, settling for field goals. They kept Detroit around the whole game, despite three turnovers by the Lions. Even with being handed good opportunities by the defense, the offense still could not convert throughout the game. Instead, Baltimore relied on their kicker to single-handedly outscore the NFL’s second best scoring offense. It was not a pretty win, but by all means, a win is a win in the NFL. It is so hard to win today in the NFL, especially when it counts in December.

The Ravens now have a tremendous opportunity for the rest of the season; they control their own destiny. In even better news, they control their own destiny for not the wild card, but the AFC North title. It almost seemed impossible at mid-season that Baltimore could get back in the hunt for the North title. They turned near impossibility, into a reality after last nights win. The rest of the way will not be easy for Baltimore; they will have to earn it. They face the New England Patriots at home next week, who had just lost the previous match-up to the Miami Dolphins. Both teams extremely hungry, as a win would do wonders for both franchises in the playoff race. Then the regular season ends at Cincinnati, where Baltimore will have the chance to take down the current division leaders. The next two weeks of the regular season will be challenging for the Baltimore Ravens, but it is fully up to them if their season ends during the regular season or if their season is just beginning once again, for a chance at repeating as Super Bowl champions.

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“Justin Tucker” — It’s OK, go ahead and name your next son “Justin Tucker”…it works

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“Justin Tucker” — It’s OK, go ahead and name your next son “Justin Tucker”…it works

Posted on 17 December 2013 by Drew Forrester

Heard over the years on WNST Radio –

Drew: “I’m telling you, if I ran a NFL franchise, the first thing I’d do is determine which kicker in the league was the best one and as soon as he was available, I’d double his salary to kick for me.”

Listeners:  ”This guy is nuts.”

Drew: “Other than the quarterback, there isn’t one other individual player who will directly impact winning and losing as much as your kicker.”

Listeners:  ”This guy is nuts.”

Drew:  ”Kickers absolutely belong in the NFL Hall of Fame.  The great ones have put their stamp on the game and then some…”

Listeners:  ”This guy is nuts.”

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Maybe I’m not so nuts after all, huh?

Remove for a second the two people on the Ravens’ 53-man roster — Justin Tucker and Sam Koch — and put the other 51 names in a hat.

Draw them out at random and hand them a football to throw.

Nearly every guy, even the Haloti Ngata types whose size would indicate they’d be better at eating the football than throwing it, can usually put the proper grip on the ball and throw it.

Lots of defensive backs in the NFL are ex-high school quarterbacks with limited size, hence their late-teens transfer to the defensive side of the ball.

Plenty of non-quarterbacks in the NFL could throw a perfect spiral if you gave them the ball and said, “Hit Pitta on a 15-yard out route here in the practice facility.”

If you put 25 balls in the “Jugs” machine and asked guys like Courtney Upshaw and Marshal Yanda to catch balls as they came sizzling out of that contraption, they could do it.

Now — line up those 51 players again and ask them to kick a 30-yard field goal.  Keep in mind you’re in the practice facility.  Just goofing around.  No pressure.  No rush.  Nothin’.  Just for fun.

They would all get a visit from our old friend – “The Cleat of Reality” – and a reminder of how special kickers are in the NFL.

They’re so special…no one else can do what they do.

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Justin Tucker rescued the Ravens on Monday night.

Again.

John Harbaugh’s team has now won straight times at the perfect moment to do so in the regular season.

And, in those four victories, the Baltimore offense has how many touchdowns?  Think.  Quickly.

Did you say, “Five!”?

If you did, you’re a winner.

One TD vs. the Jets in a 19-3 win.

One TD vs. the Steelers in a 22-20 win.

Three TDs vs. the Vikings in a 29-20 win.

Zero TDs vs. the Lions in an 18-15 win.

Five touchdowns in four wins.

How many field goals in those wins?

Glad you asked.

Fifteen field goals.

Oh, I probably should add.

That’s 15-for-15 in chances attempted/chances made.

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Justin Tucker is so good, the Orioles could sign him and I assume he’d be an upgrade over one of the no-names they’ve added in their not-so-Hot-Stove-month of activity.

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I’m done trying to figure out how the Ravens win games in the NFL with their almost laughably-inept offensive inabilities in the red zone.

It defies all logic.

Teams that drive up and down the field but can’t convert those efforts into touchdowns not only shouldn’t win, a football purist would contend they don’t DESERVE to win.

I’d say, “You’re right, sir!”

But, this Ravens team wins games in ways no other team in the league does.

That’s why they’re a championship organization.

As Malcom X once said:  ”By any means necessary.”

In 2013, “any means necessary” usually involves Justin Tucker doing things very few human beings on the planet could replicate.

Oh, and in the case of Monday’s win specifically, “by any means necessary” also included an assist from Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz, who probably needs a concussion test after Monday night’s debacle.

How else can you explain his clock management at the end of the game?

Had to be a concussion.

 

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Tucker, Ravens tear up book on how to win with wild night in Detroit

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Tucker, Ravens tear up book on how to win with wild night in Detroit

Posted on 17 December 2013 by Luke Jones

All the details seemed to be pointing to a valiant effort but a disappointing loss for the Ravens to the Detroit Lions on Monday night.

The offense was 0-for-3 inside the red zone in the first half and could only muster field goals in trying to go toe to toe with the league’s second-ranked offense, leaving the Ravens defense with little breathing room before it finally buckled and gave up a go-ahead fourth-quarter touchdown as it has on more than a few occasions this season.

A last-minute drive orchestrated by a gimpy Joe Flacco moved the Ravens to the Detroit 45 before they inexplicably handed the ball to Ray Rice for a 2-yard gain on third-and-10 and called timeout with 43 seconds remaining. Already 5-for-5 on field goals for the night, Justin Tucker trotted onto the field to attempt a 61-yarder to put the Ravens ahead 18-16.

Really? They couldn’t be serious, right?

John Harbaugh explained after the game that his second-year kicker had told him he would be successful kicking a field goal from that great distance before the Ravens called for the unorthodox run to Rice on third-and-10. The coach would have justifiably faced weeks — and likely an entire offseason — of criticism and second-guessing had Tucker not made the longest kick in franchise history to give the Ravens their fourth consecutive win to improve to 8-6 and retake their current spot as the No. 6 seed in the AFC.

Having faith in your players is one thing, but to willingly attempt the third-longest field goal to win a game in NFL history — and to have made up your mind to do it a play earlier — bordered on lunacy.

Yet it worked.

Of course, much has failed to make sense for these Ravens over the last calendar year except the all-too-familiar outcome of winning when it matters most.

They can thank their 24-year-old kicker who is already entering the previously-unspoken territory of comparisons to Matt Stover, a Ring of Honor member and one of the most beloved players in franchise history. Even the great Stover never had a night like Tucker had Monday in booting a franchise-record six field goals — three from 49 yards or longer — and providing one of the wildest finishes in franchise history.

Tucker has now made 33 straight field goal tries — three shy of Stover’s team record — and his 61-yard field goal to win the game was the longest ever made in a dome and only the 14th of 60 or more yards in NFL history.

The discussion centered around a kicker being a team’s most valuable player is typically absurd when acknowledging how few plays in which he’s actually involved over the course of a game, but it’s impossible to overlook how important Tucker has been for the Ravens as they’ve battled offensive inconsistency all year. Teams never want to settle for field goals in lieu of touchdowns, but a guaranteed three points is wholly valuable with an above-average defense that put forth an exceptional effort against All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson and the high-octane Detroit offense on Monday.

Yes, the Ravens collected another win that could only leave you scratching your head and asking how they did it at the end of the night, but that’s nothing new with Harbaugh’s team.

There is still plenty of work remaining as the Ravens return home to face Tom Brady and New England on Sunday before a potential Week 17 trip to Cincinnati for the AFC North title if they can win their fifth straight in Week 16 against the Patriots.

Baltimore is healthy and appearing poised to make a run once again if they can complete the difficult task of overcoming a 4-6 start to make the postseason for the sixth consecutive year.

But perhaps the best quality the Ravens have is their faith in one another as Harbaugh inexplicably showed in his young kicker to make one of the longest kicks in league history to win a game they desperately needed. It didn’t make sense in the seconds leading up to the try and left you still shaking your head after the ball sailed between the uprights at Ford Field.

The Ravens failed to score a touchdown against the Lions and have gone 4-for-14 inside the red zone over their last four games. The defense once again played well before surrendering a late-game touchdown that threatened to doom them for the third straight week.

And, still, Baltimore has won in each of the last four weeks despite their imperfections and shortcomings.

The Ravens certainly went against the book on how to beat a quality team on the road Monday night as Tucker did his best to earn a key to the city. Even so, the Ravens won’t and shouldn’t apologize for the win, either.

They’ve shown time after time that the unconventional works perfectly for them.

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Our Ravens/Lions “Pats on the Ass”

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Our Ravens/Lions “Pats on the Ass”

Posted on 17 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

After every Baltimore Ravens victory, Ryan Chell and I take to the airwaves on “The Creative Deck Designs Postgame Show” on AM1570 WNST.net to offer “Pats on the Ass” to players who have done something to deserve the honor.

We give pats to two defensive players, two offensive players and one “Wild Card”-either another offensive or defensive player, a Special Teams player or a coach. We offer a “Pat on Both Cheeks” to someone who stands out, our version of a “Player of the Game.” Ryan and I select five different players/coaches each.

Here are our “Pats on the Ass” following the Ravens’ 18-16 victory over the Detroit Lions Monday night at Ford Field…

Glenn Clark’s Pats…

5. Dean Pees

4. Daryl Smith

3. Jacoby Jones

2. Joe Flacco

1. Jimmy Smith (Pat on Both Cheeks)

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Our Ravens/Steelers “Pats on the Ass”

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Our Ravens/Steelers “Pats on the Ass”

Posted on 29 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

After every Baltimore Ravens victory, Ryan Chell and I take to the airwaves on “The Creative Deck Designs Postgame Show” on AM1570 WNST.net to offer “Pats on the Ass” to players who have done something to deserve the honor.

We give pats to two defensive players, two offensive players and one “Wild Card”-either another offensive or defensive player, a Special Teams player or a coach. We offer a “Pat on Both Cheeks” to someone who stands out, our version of a “Player of the Game.” Ryan and I select five different players/coaches each.

Here are our “Pats on the Ass” following the Ravens’ 22-20 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers Thanksgiving night at M&T Bank Stadium…

Glenn’s Pats…

5. Bernard Pierce

 

4. James Ihedigbo

 

3. Lardarius Webb

 

2. Torrey Smith

1. Justin Tucker (Pat on Both Cheeks)

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Tucker named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month

Posted on 27 November 2013 by WNST Staff

STEELERS QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER, PATRIOTS DE CHANDLER JONES & RAVENS K JUSTIN TUCKER NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF MONTH FOR NOVEMBER

Quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER of the Pittsburgh Steelers, defensive end CHANDLER JONES of the New
England Patriots and kicker JUSTIN TUCKER of the Baltimore Ravens are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special
Teams Players of the Month for November (October 31-November 25), the NFL announced today.

SPECIAL TEAMS: K JUSTIN TUCKER, BALTIMORE RAVENS

  • Tucker made all nine field goals he attempted to help the Ravens to a 2-2 record in November
  • Tucker tied for first in the NFL with nine field goals in November.
  • His three field goals of 50+ yards are the most in the AFC and tied for an NFL-best in November.
  • He totaled 33 of the Ravens’ 77 points for the month.
  • In Week 12, Tucker earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors, converting all four field-goal attempts in the Ravens’ 19-3 win over the New York Jets.
  • Through Week 12, Tucker is tied for second in the AFC with 24 field goals.
  • In his second season from Texas, this is Tucker’s first career Player of the Month Award. He is the first Raven to win Special Teams Player of the Month since JACOBY JONES in 2012 (November).

 

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Tucker named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Posted on 27 November 2013 by WNST Staff

PATRIOTS QB TOM BRADY, STEELERS S TROY POLAMALU & RAVENS K  JUSTIN TUCKER NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 12

Quarterback TOM BRADY of the New England Patriots, safety TROY POLAMALU of the Pittsburgh Steelers and kicker JUSTIN TUCKER of the Baltimore Ravens are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 12th week of the 2013 season (November 21, 24-25), the NFL announced today.

SPECIAL TEAMS: K JUSTIN TUCKER, BALTIMORE RAVENS

  • Tucker converted all four field-goal attempts in the Ravens’ 19-3 win over the New York Jets.
  • His four field goals of 30, 26, 33 and 53 yards, tied for the most in the NFL in Week 12.
  • He scored 13 of the Ravens’ 19 points in the game.
  • His four field goals of 50+ yards are tied for the second-most in the NFL this season.
  • His 24 field goals this season are tied for the third-most in the NFL.
  • In his second season from Texas, this is Tucker’s second career Special Teams Player of the Week Award. He previously won the award in Week 10.

 

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/Jets

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/Jets

Posted on 26 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

Following every Baltimore Ravens game this season, Ryan Chell and I will take to the airwaves Tuesdays on “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net with a segment known as “The Five Plays That Determined The Game.”

It’s a simple concept. We’ll select five plays from each game that determined the outcome. These five plays will best represent why the Ravens won or lost each game.

This will be our final analysis of the previous game before switching gears towards the next game on the schedule.

Here are the five plays that determined the Ravens’ 19-3 win over the New York Jets Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium…

(Note: not all pictures are always of actual play)

Glenn Clark’s Plays…

5. Geno Smith pass intended for Bilal Powell incomplete on 3rd and goal (1st quarter)

The Jets’ only real TD chance on the day but could have set things up to go the wrong way.  

4. Torrey Smith 60 yard catch from Joe Flacco (2nd quarter)

A “statement” play on a drive that only finished with a field goal…but didn’t need more. 

3. Justin Tucker 53 yard field goal GOOD (3rd quarter)

If he misses this, the Jets are in great shape in a close game. 

2. Corey Graham intercepts Geno Smith pass intended for David Nelson (3rd quarter)

The above GIF is of his second pick, his first set up the play that is Number 1.

1. Jacoby Jones 66 yard TD catch from Joe Flacco (3rd quarter)

The Jets would have never come back anyway, but this was certainly the “ender”.

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Our Ravens/Jets “Pats on the Ass”

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Our Ravens/Jets “Pats on the Ass”

Posted on 24 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

After every Baltimore Ravens victory, Ryan Chell and I take to the airwaves on “The Creative Deck Designs Postgame Show” on AM1570 WNST.net to offer “Pats on the Ass” to players who have done something to deserve the honor.

We give pats to two defensive players, two offensive players and one “Wild Card”-either another offensive or defensive player, a Special Teams player or a coach. We offer a “Pat on Both Cheeks” to someone who stands out, our version of a “Player of the Game.” Ryan and I select five different players/coaches each.

Here are our “Pats on the Ass” following the Ravens’ 19-3 win over the New York Jets Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium…

Glenn’s Pats…

5. Chris Canty

4. Corey Graham

3. Daryl Smith

2. Joe Flacco

1. Jacoby Jones (Pat on Both Cheeks)

(Continued on Page 2…)

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