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Joe Flacco doesn’t know if Ravens deserved to win

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If you ignored the score of Sunday’s game against the Cowboys, it would be hard to look at many of the details of the game and predict that the Ravens came out on top.

They were outgained by 165 yards, had the ball for less that 20 minutes and lost three key defensive players — cornerback Lardarius Webb, linebacker Ray Lewis and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata — to injury for large portions of the game. They got a big special teams play from Jacoby Jones and took advantage of some big Cowboys mistakes to hold on for a 31-29 win that upped their record to 5-1.

Quarterback Joe Flacco was more focused on the process than the outcome during a postgame interview with Jeff Darlington of the NFL Network. Flacco said that he wasn’t sure that the team gave everything possible over the course of the game and that he realizes they were fortunate to wind up on the right side of the final score.

“I’ve never been a part of a game like that. I don’t know if we deserved to win it, but we did it,” Flacco said.

The Ravens have nothing to apologize for after Sunday. They avoided shooting themselves in the foot the way the Cowboys did and the rest of their team was able to do enough to cover for a run defense that got ripped to shreds most of the day. Under such circumstances, all you can do is take the win and work on being better the next time out. With a trip to Houston next week and an ailing defense, the second half of that will be essential.

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  1. formuk says: Oct 15, 2012 1:09 PM

    You’re absolutely right, Joe.

  2. prince5000 says: Oct 15, 2012 1:10 PM

    The blame goes mostly to Garrett, but Romo deserves some too. I mean, a quarterback has to be aware of time management as well. Look at the end of some Atlanta games this year – 4th quarter, 2:00 minutes left. Atlanta gets the ball on its own 20. 10 yard pass, 25 yard pass, 15 yard pass, field goal – Atlanta 6-0. Dallas last ten games: 3-7. Now, someone please defend Garrett or Romo.

  3. daysend564 says: Oct 15, 2012 1:13 PM

    You didn’t, but the refs wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Replacement refs >>> the scabs they put out there yesterday

  4. logicalthinkersays says: Oct 15, 2012 1:13 PM

    The best professional football team in Maryland wears Burgundy and Gold.

  5. RavenzGunnerz says: Oct 15, 2012 1:16 PM

    Flacco, if we win a game like this in the AFC C, I will take it over the great effort we gave last year, only to drop the ball and miss a FG.

  6. davishill20 says: Oct 15, 2012 1:17 PM

    Come on down to Houston !!!

  7. Deb says: Oct 15, 2012 1:19 PM

    Joe makes the oddest comments sometimes. It may not have been a pretty win, but it’s not like they won it on a bad call. They outplayed the other team. The Cowboys shot themselves in the foot … twice … in about 60 seconds. Take the win. Be happy. Work it out in practice. Don’t tell the media you didn’t deserve it.

  8. stealersfannot says: Oct 15, 2012 1:24 PM

    I know what Joe means. It just feels weird. It feels like the Cowboys lost, not that we won.

    Before my fellow beloved Ravens fans jump all over that, witness the dejected feeling we all have after this game. It simply isn’t the prospect that we may have seen the last of Ray. And it isn’t just that Lardarius is done for the year.

    Our D is looking mediocre giving up that many yards. And while Joe may have had a decent outting this time, we all know in our heart of hearts that this kid shows up some days, and on other days its like all they want to do is go three and out for life.

    Worst win in franchise history?

  9. starfan79 says: Oct 15, 2012 1:28 PM

    Romo and garret are to blame for the last 20 sec. I remember a bad chop block call in Felix Jones that moved them back 15 yards also.

  10. claymatthewshairplugs says: Oct 15, 2012 1:37 PM

    Right after saying this, Flacco also stated he remains an elite QB he deserves to be paid like one.

  11. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 15, 2012 1:59 PM

    Dallas’ time management in that game was AWFUL! Cowboys ran a running play with less than :30 to go and then didnt use their timeout until there was :06 left. Could have easily taken one more shot at the sideline to get 5 – 10 yards closer.

    Romo has to be more aware of the clock. When you let the play clock go to 0:00 everytime, its very easy to judge the snap count. Not only that, I bet he gets more delay of game penalties than any other QB in the league.

  12. dowhatifeellike says: Oct 15, 2012 2:03 PM

    All we do is win (by the narrowest of margins).

  13. watermelon1 says: Oct 15, 2012 2:10 PM

    What DOES Joe Flacco know? It’s his 5th year, and I’m still trying to figure it out.

  14. dowhatifeellike says: Oct 15, 2012 2:11 PM

    daysend564 says:
    Oct 15, 2012 1:13 PM
    You didn’t, but the refs wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Replacement refs >>> the scabs they put out there yesterday

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    Right, because that 35-yd PI call that put Dallas in range for a game-winning FG was all a part of the conspiracy.

  15. favoritefootballteamrelatedname says: Oct 15, 2012 2:28 PM

    My Ravens may have not deserved to win that game but I mean come on! How many teams that deserve to win a hard fought game come up short on a missed kick! Give me a break

  16. tbpdog says: Oct 15, 2012 2:38 PM

    Maybe some of you should have watched the game before saying Romo deserves some blame, he was yelling at Dez to quit arguing with the ref, after a horrendous spot of the ball, if Romo had spiked the ball before Dez lined up there would have been 5 yard penalty and 10 second run off and game over before there is even a fg try.

    Even if Romo calls a time out at the end of that play it’s too dangerous to run another play at that point, get tackled in bounds, or have a penalty and the game is over.

  17. andylucksneck says: Oct 15, 2012 2:44 PM

    Flacco is terrible. Raven fans can only wish they get a QB half as good as RGIII.

    HTTR!!!!!!!!!!

  18. stealersfannot says: Oct 15, 2012 2:55 PM

    Look, it’s easy given the injuries, and the running yards allowed and the way the game ended to get down on this game.

    But we should all, Joe included, remember that those 31 points didn’t put themselves on the board.

    I mean it’s not like Dallas was handing us the ball in their own red zone.

    Ware, for the most part, was held in check. Something that will be in desperate need given the beastly JJ Watt and Connor Barwin they’ll be tasked with next week.

    Look at the positives.

  19. ampatsisahypocrite says: Oct 15, 2012 3:01 PM

    What Flacco’s really saying is “well once again we won despite me and my mediocrity.” Yes, special teams to the rescue this time, along with some bad calls and some really dumb play by the opponent.

    But with the injury bug biting, we’ll see how the Ravens like it when they have to depend on Flacco more. I don’t think they’ll like it very much.

  20. tsuscrumhalf says: Oct 15, 2012 3:04 PM

    Ravens were up by 2 scores for most of the game & it never felt like they were in danger of losing until after a very low-probability play like recovering an onsides kick w/the “hands team” out there.

    If Cowboys don’t recover that kick, Dez & Romo don’t take near the heat that they’re taking now. Game should’ve been over w/the failed 2 pt. conversion.

  21. dontstabmeray says: Oct 15, 2012 3:07 PM

    Ravens are done. Stick a fork in them. Players are dropping like flies. Time to rebuild and get a real QB too.

  22. yyyass says: Oct 15, 2012 3:09 PM

    Freak prediction – with Lewis and Webb out, the defense actually improves at the LB and line positions, but falls apart in the secondary. Why? Faster and more effective LBs will be able to cover the edges better than a slowing, older Ray Lewis. This helps the interior line stay tight and outside LBs play the edges and not worry about shedding blockers for Ray so much. But the root cause of the improved line play will be that opposing QBs will be concentrating on lighting up the Ravens secondary w/o Webb there, and the running yards will then decrease. Until Suggs gets back there is no line rush to stop the pass, and Pees is in over his head and can’t or won’t come up with any blitzing schemes that work.

  23. prince5000 says: Oct 15, 2012 3:18 PM

    tbpdog says:
    Oct 15, 2012 2:38 PM
    Maybe some of you should have watched the game before saying Romo deserves some blame, he was yelling at Dez to quit arguing with the ref, after a horrendous spot of the ball, if Romo had spiked the ball before Dez lined up there would have been 5 yard penalty and 10 second run off and game over before there is even a fg try.

    Even if Romo calls a time out at the end of that play it’s too dangerous to run another play at that point, get tackled in bounds, or have a penalty and the game is over.
    ___________________________________

    Ya don’t see a lot of “I’m wrong” on here – but i went and looked at the highlights and you are right, so i posted earlier that Romo deserves some of the blame but clearly he was not at fault – 100% on Garrett. Thanks for correcting me.

  24. bcfalcon says: Oct 15, 2012 3:19 PM

    The Ravens lost their leader, it’s pretty hard to come back from that.

  25. easternshoresfinest says: Oct 15, 2012 3:38 PM

    ampatsisahypocrite says: Oct 15, 2012 3:01 PM

    What Flacco’s really saying is “well once again we won despite me and my mediocrity.” Yes, special teams to the rescue this time, along with some bad calls and some really dumb play by the opponent.

    But with the injury bug biting, we’ll see how the Ravens like it when they have to depend on Flacco more. I don’t think they’ll like it very much.
    ________________________________

    Dude what is your agenda against Joe? Your blind hate for him seeps through in every post. Did you even watch the game? All three touchdown drives were thanks to Joe, especially the critical third quarter TD. The few times the offense touched the ball, he and Anquan delivered in crucial situations.

  26. fuzzynuts55 says: Oct 15, 2012 3:55 PM

    Ravens been getting lucky all year. Luck is good to have. There’s gas just run out. Sorry ray,no championship this year.

  27. yyyass says: Oct 15, 2012 4:15 PM

    Everyone forgets the Ravens lost on a bogus offensive pass interference penalty playing the Eagles. It all evens out in most cases.

    And the last time Ray Lewis was out injured for an extended period the Ravens went undefeated. He’s no longer irreplaceable. Next man up can cover his on-field work. He’ll still be there on the sidelines. That just might work out okay. Webb OTOH, that’s BAD news. That secondary with Reed hanging out hoping he doesn’t have to tackle anybody is going to light up like a third-world refinery.

  28. ihps247 says: Oct 15, 2012 4:57 PM

    It’s good to see he can look from the outside in and be honest.

    and stealersfannot here’s one Raven fan that won’t jump on you because you are absolutely right. I felt like we lost even though we won. It was unbelievable watching Dallas run the defense up and down the field like they did. Uncharacteristic for a defense noted for shutting things down. Now with the injuries, I said it before the Ravens look like they are tightroping this season 100ft in the air wobbling left to right and somehow finding their grounding before falling. I just hope they tighten it up for next week because we know how they get on the road playing a team everyone expects them to win against.

  29. chico54 says: Oct 16, 2012 7:49 AM

    If you were Jason Garrett and your team gets penalized as much as it did this year and you know your kicker can make it from that distance, what do you do? He took the stupid scared route with a short pass to Dez, should have run the ball to the center of the field and hopefully gained some yards. But like last year he coaches scared of the offensive line getting a false start or receivers shifting or romo throwing a pick, or maybe felix fumbles. He coaches scared. Pretty much I am not making an excuse for him,I would have run the ball not trusted Romo with the ball or the line getting a penalty. This team is just not very good. But do have some good young defensive talent.

  30. ravenscrap says: Oct 16, 2012 10:57 AM

    Joe knows he has always relied on the D & Ray Rice to carry the team and he is starting to make excuses now for the losing string that is coming…..

  31. ampatsisahypocrite says: Oct 16, 2012 8:39 PM

    easternshoresfinest says:
    Oct 15, 2012 3:38 PM

    Dude what is your agenda against Joe? Your blind hate for him seeps through in every post. Did you even watch the game? All three touchdown drives were thanks to Joe, especially the critical third quarter TD. The few times the offense touched the ball, he and Anquan delivered in crucial situations.
    ————————————————-

    Better question — what game were YOU watching? Joe’s major contribution on that one TD drive was dumping off 2 yards on 3rd and 8, and letting Rice turn it into a 30-yard stats-padder. Oh and then missing twice on throws (with a wee bit of pressure) inside the 20 but then seeing the refs call some phony hands-to-the-face flag to keep the drive alive. Then watching his RB carry it into the end zone while he raised his hands in triumph. And yet you’re going to claim HE was the driving force behind the TD? Are you KIDDING?

    Of course, the above is typical of the Joe Flacco “led” offense. Amazing what blind homers like you choose to see.

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