Ravens enter bye week on low note, falling to Titans
NASHVILLE — It took the Ravens until the final nine minutes of the game to find the end zone.
But when quarterback Joe Flacco threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to running back Buck Allen with 8:56 left, Baltimore suddenly trailed by only a field goal despite an all-around disappointing performance.
The Tennessee Titans responded with a methodical, 75-yard touchdown drive that brought the Ravens’ deficit back to two scores and shattered the hopes of a come-from-behind victory.
Baltimore managed one more scoring drive, finding the end zone on a 1-yard touchdown pass from Flacco to Mike Wallace with 46 seconds left, but a failed onside kick attempt sent the Ravens into their bye week with a 23-20 loss Sunday in front of 67,322 at Nissan Stadium.
“I like the way we competed right to the end, obviously, but we’ve got to come up on the top side of that and we weren’t able to do it,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “We’ve been beat up all year, so this will hopefully be a good chance to get healthy and get some guys back. We were hoping to win this game for a little momentum going into the bye. It doesn’t change anything. It just means we’ve got to win one more game in the second half than we would’ve to if we had won this game. We’ve got to get on a roll.”
Baltimore (4-5) had an opportu- nity to carry significant momentum into the bye following last week’s 40-0 shut-out win over the Miami Dolphins. Instead, the Ravens reverted to the form of their two prior games, in which they failed to score an offensive touchdown in Week 6 and managed to find the end zone just once in Week 7 – on a meaningless play as time expired.
“We need to be better. It’s as simple as that,” Flacco said. “We need to do things obviously a little bit better. You can’t play too much worse than we’ve been playing and we’ve obviously been in a lot of football games. We’re not going to get everything corrected overnight, but we are making progress.”
Flacco threw the ball 52 times as the Ravens played from behind throughout the game, completing 34 passes for 261 yards. He threw two touchdown passes during the late comeback attempt, but also had a pair of interceptions earlier in the afternoon.
Flacco’s first pick came on a deep shot to Breshad Perriman, in which the former first-round selection failed to compete with safety Kevin Byard for the ball in first quarter.
“I had a mistake on a deep ball that they tipped up in the air and it was picked,” Perriman said. “I should have went up there. I’ve got to go look at it on film, but definitely, you’ve got to go up there and get the ball at the highest point.”
Perriman had been unable to haul in a deep pass in the end zone earlier in the quarter and dropped a pass that hit him in chest along the sideline later in the game.
Flacco’s second interception was a throw off of his back foot attempted
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