Wallace gives Ravens deep threat they’ve been lacking
Flacco’s audible sets up wide receiver’s 66-yard touchdown in first game since offseason move
The Ravens’ only touchdown Sunday against the Buffalo Bills never might have happened if not for a timely decision by quarterback Joe Flacco.
Facing third-and-1 from its 34-yard line, the Ravens offense lined up for a run. Noticing that the Bills’ defense was in a “Cover 0” alignment — no defenders deep in the secondary — Flacco switched to a pass play.
Sixty-six yards and several seconds later, wide receiver Mike Wallace crossed the goal line, his touchdown giving the Ravens a 10-0 lead they would hold on to for a 13-7 season-opening win at M&T Bank Stadium.
“It was just part of the plan,” Flacco said. “They were playing Cover 0. They didn’t have any safeties there. I have a handful of things I can go to, but I really don’t think I checked into that specific thing all week. I thought they might double [wide receiver] Steve [Smith Sr.], but if they did, I wanted to give [Wallace] a chance to really win a matchup.”
On the play, Wallace had lined up to the right of right tackle Rick Wagner. When Buffalo safety Duke Williams moved over to cover him, Wallace saw an opportunity.
“I knew there was a chance,” he said. “On that play, you have a lot of different options. I just got the right coverage. Steve did a great job. He ran across the field, and the safety ran with him. I was one-on-one with the other safety. And if you have a safety on me, he’s dead every time.”
Bills coach Rex Ryan, a former defensive coordinator and defensive line coach with the Ravens, accepted blame for the defen-
Mike Wallace scores the Ravens’ only touchdown Sunday, a 66-yard second-quarter reception that was his longest since 2012.