Following the Eagles’ second turnover, Baltimore needed just 1:20 and four plays to sprint 70 yards downfield for its first lead, 14-7.
Rice sparked the quick strike by finding a massive hole in the middle of the line, and juking 43 yards inside the Eagles’ 30. Three plays later, Flacco showed he has some nice touch to go with that cannon of an arm by connecting with Jacoby Jones for a beautiful 21-yard touchdown pass.
With Jones being covered well down the Baltimore sideline, Flacco led his receiver with a soft arched pass. The speedy Jones broke away from coverage, went and got it in the end zone and the Ravens have the advantage.
Update: The Eagles are simply killing themselves. They sure can move the ball on Baltimore, thanks to some nice chemistry between Michael Vick and tight end Brent Celek along with LeSean McCoy’s legs.
However, yet another Eagles turnover deep in Ravens territory keeps this one 14-7 Baltimore.
This time, McCoy fumbled on first-and-goal, and Ray Lewis gladly scooped it up to give the ball back to Flacco.
Three Eagles turnovers, all pretty darn big, have been the key to this one so far.
Update II: The Ravens might not have forced all of Philadelphia’s mistakes, but they’ll take them, and have capitalized on them. This could very well be a one- or two-score Baltimore deficit.
But two fumbles and a Bernard Pollard interception have made sure the Eagles have reached the end zone just once.
Justin Tucker drilled a 56-yard field goal right down the middle, with plenty of room to spare, with 1 second left in the opening half to give the Ravens a 17-7 lead. That boot matched the longest field goal in Ravens history, and as a result, the Eagles were showered with boos from their home fans as they scooted off to the locker room at halftime.
Baltimore is looking good yet again, despite being outgained 222-179. Flacco has been quite efficient, completing 14 of 17 attempts for 92 yards and a score. Rice has added seven rushes for 78 yards.
Update III: It was the Eagles’ turn to take advantage of a miscue.
Flacco ended the first drive of the third quarter with a bad decision, targeting Dennis Pitta with a pass easily picked off by linebacker DeMeco Ryans.
Six plays later, Vick connected with a wide-open Jeremy Maclin for a 23-yard touchdown that cut Baltimore’s lead to 17-14 early in the third quarter.
The Ravens have just followed with a three and out. This one could be falling away from them.
Update IV: The lead is gone. The Eagles have tied it at 17-17 on a 23-yard field goal by Alex Henery with 5:30 to go in the third quarter.
Following the three-and-out, Philadelphia went 60 yards in 11 plays before the drive stalled on fourth-and-1 at the Baltimore 5. So, from the Ravens’ perspective, at least they aren’t trailing.
They might not be saying that for long, however, as they have just punted it away once again.