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and be­tween your ears. That’s where the game is played. You un­der­stand, that is where the phys­i­cal­ity hap­pens – be­tween the whis­tles,” Har­baugh said. “You have to know when to walk away, and you have to be smart. You can­not give up a per­sonal foul penalty down in here [op­pos­ing ter­ri­tory] that keeps a drive alive. You can’t do it. Teams have done that be­fore. That is how you lose foot­ball games. Our in­ten­tion is to play win­ning foot­ball, and that is not win­ning foot­ball.”

The sta­dium prac­tice also marked the first time that most of the fans, play­ers and coaches were in­tro­duced to the new true grass field now in­stalled at the sta­dium. The Ravens re­placed the ar­ti­fi­cial turf with sod dur­ing the off­sea­son.

There will also be no­tice­able changes to the field’s de­sign when the sea­son be­gins, as the shield, nor­mally painted at mid­field, will be re­placed with the team’s pri­mary logo, while the words “Bal­ti­more” and “Ravens” will be in each end zone, re­spec­tively.

“From what I ex­pe­ri­enced, it was good. The field out there is awe­some, the grass is re­ally, re­ally good and the sur­face was awe­some,” Pitta said. “I was ex­cited to be out there and it was a great at­mos­phere hav­ing our fans out there.

“Like I said, tem­pers flared a lit­tle bit be­cause some of the guys, es­pe­cially rook­ies who are in there for the first time, showed a lit­tle bit more ex­cite­ment,” Pitta con­tin­ued. “But it was fun.”

The high­light of the night may have been when Flacco, who missed the fi­nal six games of the reg­u­lar sea­son last year when he suf­fered a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee, broke free from the pocket and scram­bled for a first down, re­sult­ing in cheers from the ap­prox­i­mately 4,000 fans in at­ten­dance.

“It feels good ev­ery day to get out there and do stuff and gain more and more con­fi­dence,” Flacco said. “It feels fine. It’s prob­a­bly a lit­tle stiff right now, I may have had a lit­tle limp when I was run­ning, but I didn’t feel any­thing.”

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