The Ravens couldn’t beat Charlie Batch – in Baltimore, no less

December 02, 2012 | Drew Forrester

The Ravens couldn’t beat Charlie Batch – in Baltimore, no less

Last week, the game – and perhaps the division title – were rescued on a 4th and 29 miracle by Ray Rice with under two minutes to go in the game.

Two Sunday’s ago in Pittsburgh, Joe Flacco and Company were basically shutout, failing to score an offensive touchdown but somehow coming out on top, 13-10.

A month ago, a listless final 45 minutes in Cleveland was saved by a late Torrey Smith catch and run that helped the Ravens edge the lowly Browns.

Back in mid-October, Jason Garrett and Tony Romo mismanaged the clock in the game’s final 30 seconds and the Cowboys missed a game-winning field goal at the buzzer as Baltimore escaped again.

Four wins, four magic tricks.

The Ravens were bound to lose one of these.

You just can’t keep tempting fate in sports, winning games you don’t rightfully deserve because the other team’s defense can’t make a simple tackle or their coach goes for it on 4th down at his own 30 with four minutes to play or your punt returner scores the only TD of the game.

At some point, you’re going to lose a game because the other team will make their own magic.

And, if you believe in the football gods, it was probably going to be the Steelers who did it.

Give credit to Charlie Batch.  In what could only be deemed one of the great days of an otherwise unspectacular career, Batch “manned up” as Denzel said in “Training Day”, guiding the Steelers down the field with his team’s playoff hopes perhaps in the balance and 71,000 fans making life miserable for him and his offense.

Sometimes, as I always remind you, the other team tries too.

And a game the Ravens thought they had in their grasp got stripped away at the buzzer.

This time, the other team didn’t mismanage the clock down the stretch.  On this occasion, their receivers were sure-handed as the final minutes approached.  And at the buzzer, with a kick to win it, Pittsburgh’s guy got the job done.

The Ravens weren’t going to go through the season and win week after week by making five aces appear out of a deck of cards.

At some point, someone else was going to perform their own magic.

Charlie. Batch.

No friggin’ way…

 

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  1. mdsteelerfan Says:

    The ravens just got “BATCH-slapped”!

  2. Chuck Says:

    Average Joe was outplayed badly at home by a washed-up, 3rd string QB.

    Hell, the Ravens should have lost last week to loser Norv. That 4th and 29 play gets converted just one out of 100 times (maybe).

  3. Vince Fiduccia Says:

    Get the feeling this is going to be a very interesting offseason for the Ravens. Major decisions coming on Cameron, Flacco (contract, franchise tag) Ray Lewis, Reed.

  4. Tim Says:

    Charlie Batch beat the Ravens. . . I guess this is the new Ravens team. Today, I missed the stifling D, from the past decade+. Sure the offense played poorly, but the Pitt D did a good job making that happen. Our defense, turned out that they couldn’t get a stop with the game on the line and the other team inside their 20. I was belly aching about Flacco, but I’m sure many of my fellow fans will handle that topic. Thanks for the entertainment Ravens. Let’s go figure out how to outscore RG3 and co next week!

  5. James Says:

    I am starting to feel like Pete from downtown. Pittsburgh can run the table and the Ravens could lose 2 of the next 3 making the Bengals game a must win. Someone at half time needed to steal and copy Tod Haleys I-Hop Menu play card. He had some nice roll out and Crossing Patterns plays that would look good in our arsenal. Cams offensive schemes are too predictable.

    James-Dundalk

  6. Unitastoberry Says:

    Ravens played today pretty much the way they played all year but this time Lady Luck was in the men’s room . Joe you just gave Skip Bayliss more material for his hit job on you.

  7. PghSteve Says:

    ” You know you’re getting your ass kicked down here on Sunday no matter who stands behind center. I realize you have to paint the best picture you can for your team, but in your heart of hearts, you’ve seen this play out over the last couple of years and you know for sure it’s going to play out down here again this Sunday. Your team can’t beat the Ravens. You’re going to get your feelings hurt, Roethlisberger or not.)”

    “(Don’t be a dummy, Mike. Leave Roethlisberger on the bench and let Charlie Batch be the QB of record in a 30-10 loss. No one will blame you. You can talk about “not risking a career” and “we have faith in Charlie” and “injuries are part of the game” and everyone in Pittsburgh will understand. If you go with Ben, you’re getting your asses kicked here. If you go with Batch, you’re getting your asses kicked here. Do you see the similarity?)”

    I think maybe Mr. Harbaugh and Mr. Flacco might have had their feelings hurt.

    In all sincerity, I hope that Mr. Suggs is OK. He fought hard to come back from that Achilles injury, would be a shame for him to miss any more time.

    (DF: I checked the archives. You didn’t have anything to say after that game in Pittsburgh a few weeks back. LOL – By the way, quick check of the standings. 9-3 vs. 7-5. Just sayin…)

  8. Robert Says:

    Sadly & surprisingly, Batch was the best QB on the field today. I now have a bad feeling about our upcoming games vs. RG3 & the Manning bros. Today’s loss has certainly changed the AFC playoff paradigm. F! Cheers.

  9. PghSteve Says:

    Sorry. I was in Florida (Palm Beach Gardens) for my sister’s funeral (she had been ill for quite a while, so it was not unexpected) from November 16th until Thanksgiving Day. I actually did not get to watch the first Steelers-Ravens game until November 24th. Since I already knew the outcome, the game was not that interesting. But thanks for your concern… (DF: Sure it wasn’t interesting. Your team lost.)

  10. PghSteve Says:

    BTW, as a Vietnam veteran, I greatly appreciate your reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance every day on your show. Playing the National Anthem would be great, too, but I understand that time is limited. My sister was also a Vietnam Era veteran (women very rarely got close to combat back then; she served in Japan and the Philippine). There are few things as emotional as saluting the Stars and Stripes when serving in a country 10,000 or more miles from home.

  11. The Armchair QB Says:

    Charlie Batch and the Steelers got a lot of help from Dean Pees’ inept defense that apparently decided to let him throw the ball instead of pressuring him! Also, isn’t it interesting how all of our opponent’s receivers roam the middle of the field unmolested while our receivers struggle to get separation? You don’t think it has anything to do with pass routes, do you? We got outplayed, outcoached and embarrassed by a 37 year old third string “has been” QB and at home, no less! For all the accolades this coaching staff has garnered for their winning record, this team still has a propensity to beat itself………
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  12. T shute Says:

    Anybody who thinks Joe Flacco is a good quarterback is stupid!!! Because the I see is horrible throwing high and away is going get our receivers hurt!!! Please fire Cam cameron what does he have on Harbaugh? Football not that hard you hit a receiver that’ s open! Harbaugh stupid you can’ t beat third string quarterback you suck too! I am so tired of Flacco he is horrible period end discussion. When is someone in the media ever going be honest and say Flacco is very average if not worst. I can see it what games is everyone else watching. Joe Flacco will never win a big game for else ever!!! He SUCKS !!! Season is over!!! The. Ravens Suck!!!! Joe Flacco lost to third string quarterback cash that nine digit check b@$ch.

  13. T shute Says:

    When are we going get a real quarterback? Joe Flacco is Horrible!!! Anyone who thinks otherwise is stupid! I do bot believe this team can win a championship. Joe Flacco was trying to get our receivers killed. Flacco sucks!! Cam Cameron suck this team will never win a championship with either one en pled period. Anyone who thinks otherwise is diluted.. We lost to a third string quarterback in Baltimore. Everyone who said that could never happen is stupid!! Flacco is horrible!!! Let’s see how many more games we win and far we get with rice and Flacco?? I am betting not very!! Flacco sucks!! Harbaugh throw a challenge flag on this!, Flacco cash your nine digit check after this one b@tch!!!

  14. charlie Says:

    i’m old enough to remember when charlie batch was a rookie scrambler who offered the lions some hope. . . lotta things have happened since those days. i agree w/drew here; the ravens need to face the fact that, just as the other team tries, they also can work some magic.

    neither the offense nor the defense stepped up last night when it counted most. it was a team loss against the major rival, at home, w/plenty on the line. flacco has to answer, but so does the defense. there’s enough blame to go around.

    we’ll see what they’re made of. it’s a little early to call the season over.

  15. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    So much for that home field advantage, when you have NO pass rush, don’t expect to win many games in the NFL. I stick by my guns; Flacco is not elite and Cameron still has to go. What the hell was Reed thinking coming out of the end zone? And Harbaugh with that red flag challenge that cost us a timeout. This team and mgmt need to apologize to the fans for this poor excuse for a game.

  16. Tony Campitelli Says:

    I like Flacco and I think he is a pretty good QB, but it seems to me that he is not a real leader in the huddle. What I mean by that is he just doesn’t command the same respect as many of the best QB’s. As a former OT in college, you want your QB to have a little bit of a cockiness and make sure you know that he is the man. Obviously I’m not in the huddle with the Ravens but I am just going by my humble observation.

  17. Eric Says:

    Why just be critical of Flacco and Cameron? Boldin and Smith dropped very catchable passes that would have led to scores. Boldin seemed more interested in whining to the back judge than catching the football. What about the 8 penalties, the poor special teams play that allowed a long kick return leading to the FG that was the difference in the game? What about the poor tackling (McClain missed several), the poor soft coverage schemes with nobody covering the middle of the field?

    Baltimore football fans amaze me. The team is 9-3 and everybody’s ready to jump off the Key Bridge. They played like crap and only lost by a FG. Get a life people and start enjoying the ride.

  18. Towson Black & Gold Says:

    Facts:
    1) After every loss the Ravens fans, on the radio and at the game, find more reasons to whine and complain – Cam, Flacco, Harbaugh, etc. Your team is 9-3. You’ve made the playoffs for four straight years. Do you know how many franchises would give their left nut for that? YOu have a great franchise, accept it, be happy already and stop whining about every play or game that doesn’t go your way…enough.

    2) You CANNOT let Charlie Batch stand in the pocket and make plays. Eventually, the linebackers and cornerbacks will lose coverage.

    3) You MUST give your best player (Rice) on the team, and possibly the field, the ball – MORE than the 5 times he touched the ball in the entire 2nd half. 5 times…?

    4) Vonta Leach was your 2nd leading receiving last night with 4 receptions. He had 12 all season coming into the game. Vonta Leach cannot be your 2nd leading receiving.

    5) The Pittsburgh Steelers have a really good defense – there’s a reason they’re #1 in the NFL. They make it tough on opposing offenses to score and move the ball – so give Flacco and Cameron a break already….remember 9-3….you are 9-3.

    6) Stop talking about how you’ve played a tough schedule…to this point, you’ve played an EASY schedule. It’s the 13th easiest in the AFC thus far – it does, however, get tough down the stretch.

    7) Of all the NFL’s current division leaders, you have the worst ranked offense (#19) and 2nd worst defense (#25) just ahead of New England’s #26 ranking (see point above as to why you may be 9-3).

    Hope you enjoyed the read and oh yeah, keep complaining – I love to hear all the whining after a loss, especially to the Steelers. It really does bring a smile to my face. See you in the playoffs – I hope.

  19. tsnamm Says:

    Towson blank & gold…you’ve obviously never listened to the radio in Philly or New York…you have no idea what complaining is….

  20. Towson Black & Gold Says:

    Facts:

    1) After every loss the Ravens fans, on the radio and at the game, find more reasons to whine and complain about Cam, Flacco, Harbaugh, the refs, how every ball the Ravens don’t catch should have been pass interference, yadda, yadda, yadda and the list goes on. Your team is 9-3. You’ve made the playoffs for four straight years. Do you know how many franchises would give their left nut for that? The Ravens have a great franchise, accept it, be happy already and stop whining about every play or game that doesn’t go your way…enough.

    2) You CANNOT let Charlie Batch stand in the pocket and make plays. Eventually, the linebackers and cornerbacks will lose coverage.

    3) You MUST give your best offensive player (Rice) on the team, and possibly the field that day, the ball – MORE than the 5 times he touched it in the entire 2nd half. 5 times…?

    4) Vonta Leach was your 2nd leading receiving on Sunday with 4 receptions. He had 12 all season coming into the game. Vonta Leach cannot be your 2nd leading receiving.

    5) The Pittsburgh Steelers have a really good defense – there’s a reason they’re #1 in the NFL. They make it tough on opposing offenses to score and move the ball. That’s what the #1 defenses in the NFL do, they make good players and teams look not so good so give Flacco and Cameron a break already….remember 9-3….you are 9-3.

    6) Stop talking about how you’ve played a tough schedule…to this point, you’ve played an EASY schedule. It’s the 13th easiest in the AFC thus far – it does, however, get tough down the stretch.

    7) Of all the NFL’s current division leaders, you have the worst ranked offense (#19) and 2nd worst defense (#25) just ahead of New England’s #26 ranking (see point above as to why you may be 9-3).

    Hope you enjoyed the read and oh yeah, keep complaining – I love to hear all the whining after a loss, especially to the Steelers. It really does bring a smile to my face. I hope our teams play in the playoffs – it’s the best.

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