Ravens Not Penalized For First Time Ever

The Ravens played mistake-free football by avoiding penalties and turnovers.

Posted by Garrett Downing on Monday, January 16th, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Categories: Divisional Vs Texans, Garrett Downing

The Ravens played a clean game in Sunday’s divisional-round victory over the Texans.

For the first time in franchise history, the Ravens weren’t called for a single penalty. They also didn’t have any turnovers.

“That’s pretty impressive,” linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo said about the accomplishment. “We’re in the playoffs and we’re focused.”

Limiting penalties has been a point of emphasis throughout the year, and during the regular season the Ravens were penalized 101 times, tied for the fifth-fewest in the NFL.

“Penalties are going to happen,” Ayanbadejo said. “There’s three different ways to look at them. There are stupid penalties, there are plays where you have to make the penalty and there are plays where sometimes refs make mistakes.”

The Ravens didn’t have to worry about any of those three situations against the Texans.

Baltimore’s ability to avoid mistakes, coupled with the Texans’ propensity to make them, was the difference in the game.

Houston was penalized three times for 20 yards and also turned the ball over four times.

“The four turnovers were huge,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said. “That’s the difference in football games, especially, at this time of year.”

The turnovers – three interceptions and a fumble recovery on a muffed punt – led to 17 points for the Ravens. 

“The fact that we capitalized on turnovers and that we got turnovers, were probably the key to the game,” Harbaugh said.

The turnovers and penalties all go into the idea of playing mistake-free football, which is often the determining factor in winning games in the playoffs.

“We’re just trying to execute and hone in on playing solid fundamentals and having good technique and having zero penalties accounts for that,” Ayanbadejo said.

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