The Ravens’ offense keeps adding on, this time with a little bit of trickery that has to have the Raiders incensed.
Baltimore faked a short field goal, and holder Sam Koch took the snap in for a touchdown. Koch’s first career touchdown gave the Ravens a 48-17 lead with more than five minutes remaining in the third quarter, tying the team’s single-game scoring record.
Baltimore has scored 48 points twice before today, in a pair of 48-3 wins - over Detroit on Dec. 13, 2009, and over Green Bay on Dec. 19, 2005.
In addition, couple this one with the Ravens’ 44-13 victory in the opener, and this marks the first time since 2003 that they’ve scored 40-plus points twice in the same season.
Baltimore has already surpassed the 400-yard mark, 341 coming via Joe Flacco and the pass.
Update: The Raiders cut the Ravens’ lead to 48-20 on Sebastian Janikowski’s 47-yard field goal with 12:47 to go.
But the Ravens followed immediately with seven more points on Jacoby Jones’ 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. That set several marks for the club, first and foremost being the club record for points in a game now that Baltimore leads 55-17.
Jones also is the first Raven to have two kickoff returns for touchdowns in a season and career.
Update II: Flacco is done with 7:31 remaining. Backup Tyrod Taylor has entered at quarterback after a stellar day for the starter.
Flacco completed 21 of 33 attempts for 341 yards, three touchdowns and one interception while adding a rushing touchdown. It was Flacco’s 11th career 300-yard passing day.
Update III: That’s a wrap on a memorable game at M&T Bank Stadium.
The Ravens have finished off a 55-17 win over the Raiders to improve to 7-2 on the season, maintaining at least a one-game lead over the Steelers heading into a critical stretch where the division rivals face each other twice in three weeks.
In a game full of them, why not throw in some more milestones? Anquan Boldin surpassed 10,000 career yards from scrimmage in the contest on top of Ray Rice exceeding 5,000 career rushing yards and the many records set Sunday.
If anything, the victory provided even more pronounced evidence that the Ravens are a “home” team. They’re now 2-2 on the road and 5-0 in Baltimore with the offense dynamic at home and middling away.