The Ravens destroyed the Lions today in Baltimore, winning by the lopsided score of 48-3 and keeping pace in the AFC wild card race.
The win improved the Ravens’ record to 7-6 and left them tied with the Jets, Dolphins and Jaguars for the sixth and final AFC playoff spot.
Although it took some time for the Ravens’ offense to get going, Baltimore took a 20-3 lead into halftime, powered by 155 first-half rushing yards from Ray Rice, and the game was pretty much over by then. In the second half the Ravens put in their backups and kept the ball on the ground, but even then the Lions’ defense couldn’t stop them, and Baltimore scored four rushing touchdowns in the second half.
The Ravens’ final touchdown was a 15-yard scamper by backup quarterback Troy Smith, who then proceeded to do a dance in the end zone and generally act like he had just done something a lot more significant than score a garbage-time touchdown against a bad team.
For the Lions, nothing went right. Quarterback Daunte Culpepper, starting in place of the injured Matthew Stafford, completed 16 of 34 passes for 135 yards, with no touchdowns and two interceptions, for a passer rating of 33.3. Worst of all, Lions running back Kevin Smith was carted off the field with what appeared to be a serious knee injury late in the game.
The Lions have nothing but pride to play for, but the Ravens are likely three wins away from the playoffs. With the Bears, the Steelers and the Raiders remaining on the schedule, Baltimore has a good chance of making the postseason.