Late For Work 11/22: Largest Ravens Road Crowd Ever?

Plus fans claim Mason and Flacco had sideline scuffle and one-liners from the win.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Monday, November 22nd, 2010 at 9:10 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison


Largest Ravens Road Crowd Ever?

One of the biggest stories to come out of Baltimore’s win over the Carolina Panthers was the Ravens’ overwhelming fan attendance.

There’s no way to know exactly what the Ravens-Panthers split was at Bank of America Stadium, but the Baltimore Sun’s Jamison Hensely came up with his own estimation. The 11-year NFL writer estimated about 40 percent of the announced 73,021 attendance was Ravens fans.

"It is believed to be the largest showing by Ravens fans at a regular-season road game," wrote Hensley.

Ravens players not only took note of the showing, but said it was the ultimate sign of respect.

 "To walk out there was like a home game," said Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. "To look in the stands and see all those purple jerseys. It was the greatest respect you can ever ask for. For people to pile in and say we will follow you anywhere because we believe in you."

Added running back Ray Rice from his Twitter account after the game, "Ravens fans are the best it felt like a home game today with all the Raven fans that came down to Charlotte thanks for the love and support."

While Baltimore fans can take of pride in their team, it was a little awkward listening to the opposing point of view.

"That’s what happens when you lose," said Carolina Head Coach John Fox. "I can’t say I like it. I can’t blame anybody. We’ve won one game at home. We’ve won one game on the season. That is the reality."

With a 7-3 record, Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh is experiencing polar-opposite results and he was sure to thank fans after the game.

 "It was amazing. We came out, and it was loud. The famous, patented Baltimore ‘O’ was as loud as I’ve heard it on the road," said Harbaugh. "Going around the stadium afterward and seeing the fans, they were fired up and excited to be here. It was a Baltimore stadium."

Fans Claim Mason and Flacco Had Sideline Scuffle

Some fans at Bank of America Stadium are claiming they saw quarterback Joe Flacco and receiver Derrick Mason get in some sort of altercation on the Ravens sidelines yesterday.

After a heated exchange, fans say the two needed to be separated.

The rumor made its way to radio call-in shows last night, BaltimoreRavens.com’s The Flock message boards, scout.com’s fan forums and the Baltimore Sun’s live chat, to name a few places.

As of now, there is nothing to substantiate the rumor. It seems odd that nobody picked up on it, but I suppose it’s possible that all media could have missed it.

The only person I could find to comment on the allegation was the Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg, who also said he didn’t see any such scuffle.

"If that’s true (there was no TV cutaway), I wouldn’t worry about it at all," wrote Van Valkenburg. "Football is an emotional game. Players get heated, then calm down. It’s not always a sign of strife. It also means Flacco isn’t afraid to get right back in the face of a dominant personality like Mason."

Reporters will surely ask about it today at Harbaugh’s press conference at 4 p.m.

Quoth The Raven


Mason on his dropped pass
: I let the ball get behind me, and instead of catching the ball the way I should, I had to turn them the other way and I kind of lost track of it.  That’s a catch that with eight fingers, nine fingers, 10 fingers, I have to make.  That’s the way it is.

Safety Dawan Landry on the pitch from Ed Reed and touchdown
: It felt good. It made us feel like we were in high school again.

Flacco on the muffled exchange with Ray Rice in the red zone, resulting in a fumble: That was all me. My head got scrambled a bit, which can’t happen and I went to hand it to Ray, I put it in his stomach and I’m like, "Why isn’t he taking it?" And then I was like, "Oh yeah!" So it was all me. I take full responsibility.

Harbaugh on allowing the 88-yard touchdown
: We had a five man rush on it. So, it was kind of a run/pass blitz we had on. Josh [Wilson] got a little nosy on it, and obviously got behind it. That was a disappointment.

Outside linebacker/defensive end Terrell Suggs on the point in the game where the defense said "enough is enough":
I think after the bomb that [quarterback Brian St. Pierre] threw. We were wondering how that happened with the coverage we were playing, we should have been defending that. …At that point we said "that’s enough, we’ve let them play around long enough," and we got the job done.

Receiver T.J. Housmandzadeh on getting so much playing time:
I didn’t expect it. I didn’t think it would happen, but when it does, you have to be ready. You beat down on yourself a little bit and things like this kind of wake you up.

Steelers Feel Targeted By Officials; Big Ben Gets Slugged

Of course we need to keep an eye on the AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers as they are in a two-horse race with Baltimore for the division title.

After setting a franchise record with 163 yards on 14 penalties in Sunday’s 35-3 victory against the Oakland Raiders, the Steelers have their suspicions they are being targeted by officials.

"The general feeling inside the Steelers’ locker room is that it’s possible they’re being made an example of almost on a weekly basis," wrote ESPN’s James Walker.

"I’ll let you be the judge of that," Pro Bowl linebacker LaMarr Woodley said. "If you just look across the board and what’s been happening this year, I will let you answer that one."

Meanwhile, Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour was ejected from the game for punching quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the facemask. Here’s video:



Quick Hits

  • After watching linebacker Ray Lewis nab a pick six in the Ravens victory, ESPN Analyst Cris Carter notes how the 35-year-old keeps getting it done. "A good player stays in his prime six years. Great players stay in their prime 10 to 12 years. So that’s where Ray Lewis is, now playing more with his mind and still using his body. Not necessarily using his body, then his mind, like when he was younger." [ESPN]
  • Adam_Schefter: Baltimore traded a 3 + 4 for Anquan Boldin, Miami two 2′s for Brandon Marshall, Minnesota a 3 for Randy Moss. How’s a 5 for S. Holmes look? [Twitter]
  • untouchablejay4 (Suggs): there’s nothing better than having 15- 20,000 fans @ the game when ur on the road. We hands down have the best fans in the world! [Twitter]
  • Walker didn’t like seeing Baltimore’s run defense get gashed by Carolina backup running back Mike Goodson, who rushed for 120 yards. He also didn’t like how the Ravens waited until late in the fourth quarter to pull away against an "inferior" team. [ESPN]
  • In his Best and Worst of Week 11, Sean Leahy gives the Ravens an award for "best swarming" after Baltimore’s defense picked off St. Pierre on consecutive passes they returned for touchdowns in the fourth quarter. [USA Today]
  • John Eisenberg believes performances like yesterday won’t cut it. He wrote, "The Ravens were about as fortunate as a team that wins by 24 can be. …But home or away, they’ll need to play better than they did Sunday." [CSNBaltimore.com]

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