To Score Or Not To Score…

Flacco said the Ravens “left a little too much time,” but touchdowns aren’t guaranteed.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Sunday, November 14th, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Categories: 2010 Season, Ryan Mink, Week 10 at Falcons

As the Ravens marched down the Georgia Dome field for what would be their final, lead-snatching touchdown, they encountered a bit of a dilemma.

They were moving the ball so efficiently that there was still a good deal of time left on the clock.

It’s something quarterback Joe Flacco said he was aware of while on the field.

With three timeouts, and the ball at the Atlanta 11 with one minute, 18 seconds remaining, the Ravens had “plenty of time” to score a decisive touchdown, Flacco said. But touchdowns are hard to come by in the red zone.

Ray Rice ran once for two yards, bringing an Atlanta timeout. On second down, Flacco hit Heap with the 9-yard touchdown pass with 65 seconds left. The rest is history.

After the game, Flacco and Head Coach John Harbaugh spoke about the quandary.

Said Flacco, ”We didn’t have a lot of field left, so the time really wasn’t a factor. But you’ve still got to score a touchdown when the opportunity presents itself.”

“We left a little bit too much time on the clock for them,” he added.

Said Harbaugh, “You can’t turn down an opportunity to score. Obviously, we’d love to run it down to one second and score on the last play if we could. But it didn’t work out that way, and that’s when you’ve got to come up with a stop and we were unable to do that.”