Eating Up The Clock Is Key

A 7:47 drive was the Ravens’ longest of the year, and it came at a great time.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Saturday, January 16th, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

The Ravens knotted the score with a 25-yard field goal, a good portent even though a touchdown would have been much more palatable to open the game. 

Still, the Ravens have to be thankful that it’s 3-3, because things could have easily gone in the other direction.  Baltimore marched all the way to the Colts’ 6-yard line before stalling out.  On third down, quarterback Joe Flacco tried to squeeze in a pass to Mark Clayton, but it was nearly picked off an ran back for a touchdown by corner Antoine Bethea.

That would have been disastrous.

Still, aside from the points, another big positive to come out of the 15-play drive is the amount of time it took off the clock.  The Ravens pushed 87 yards and took 7:47 off the clock.

It was longer than any Ravens drive this season.  And, it kept Peyton Manning on the sideline.  Sometimes, the best defense is a good offense.

Also, credit must be given to Sam Koch, who corralled a high snap from Matt Katula and still got a perfect hold.  Katula’s tendinitis in his elbow must be bothering him, and that is a concern if this game comes down to a final field goal.

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