That’s really all you can say.
The Colts came into today’s game aiming for their first win of the season, facing a Baltimore team trying to keep pace with the Steelers in the AFC North and, with a few more wins, take home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. After 60 minutes, it certainly showed.
The Ravens hustled, played with tenacity, played like a team hungry for a Super Bowl run. The Colts, well, they took the field. They took it, but didn’t belong on it. With problems on both sides of the ball the Colts quickly fell behind and, save for a garbage touchdown on the game’s final play, managed just one score in a 24-10 loss to Baltimore. The loss puts Indianapolis at 0-13 on the season and just three losses away from the third winless season in league history.
It started like most expected, as Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco led the offense on a six-play, 40-yard drive, capped off by a touchdown pass to rookie Torrey Smith, putting the Ravens ahead 7-0. Following a Billy Cundiff field goal on Baltimore’s next possession, running back Ray Rice punched in his AFC-leading 10th rushing touchdown, leaving the Colts with a deep 17-0 deficit. An Adam Vinatieri field goal did put Indianapolis on the board just before the half.
Things didn’t improve in the second half, however. Quarterback Dan Orlovsky struggled, although it’s hard to find anyone who could’ve found success against a Ravens pass rush that dominated the line of scrimmage. On the day, the Ravens’ front seven registered four sacks, three by linebacker Terrell Suggs. Suggs had a career day, matching his trio of sacks with three forced fumbles.
With little time in the pocket, meanwhile, Orlovsky managed just 136 yards on 17 completions. His touchdown pass to Jacob Tamme on the game’s final play did mask an otherwise forgettable day, but did little to comfort a team that seems to have lost all hope.
As the Colts fall to 0-13, the Ravens move to 10-3 with the win. They remain undefeated at home and will travel to San Diego next week. The Colts host Tennessee in Week 15.