The Ravens defense had Seattle just where they wanted them.
Baltimore’s offense had just scored a touchdown to cut the lead to five with roughly six minutes left. It had been a rough afternoon for the Ravens, but surely their defense would quickly get the ball back for some Flacco magic.
The Seahawks drive started with two straight offensive penalties. They faced a first-and-20 on their own ten-yard line.
And then the most surprising thing I saw all day happened. The Seahawks ran out the clock on the Ravens defense, finishing off a satisfying 22-17 victory.
Tarvaris Jackson completed a couple of third down throws, including a beautiful strike to Golden Tate. Marshawn Lynch totaled 40 yards on the drive, including three first downs.
Baltimore continues to play down to the level of competition. They lost in Tennessee. They lost in Jacksonville. And now they have lost in Seattle to fall a half game behind the Steelers in the AFC North.
They were trailing all day in Seattle, but it’s crazy Ray Rice only had five rushes. Joe Flacco threw 52 passes.
The Seahawks aren’t going anywhere at 3-7, but their defense has quietly played well all year. Jackson has played better in his last five starts than he’s being given credit for.
We’re barely past halfway through the season and every team in the AFC has at least three losses. This is a wide open conference, and Baltimore just gave up its lead in a wide open division.