It took until the Ravens’ final possession of the first half, but they finally showed the quick-strike offense that has been the team’s hallmark at home this season.
Baltimore got the ball at its own 37 shortly before the two-minute warning and proceeded to go 63 yards in six plays and just 1:35 to score the first touchdown of the contest for a 10-3 advantage over the Colts.
Both Flacco and Rice made it happen. Flacco fit a timely pass in to Rice while under pressure from three defenders. With open grass in front of him, Rice then juked and sprinted his way to the 2.
Vonta Leach barreled his way into the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown on the next play.
The Colts answered, however, with an Adam Vinatieri 52-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter, cutting the Ravens’ lead to 10-6.
Andrew Luck hooked up with T.Y. Hilton for a 25-yard pass to set up the boot, one play after an intentional grounding call pushed Indianapolis back to third-and-26 from its own 41.
Now that the scoring updates are out of the way, who saw this game feeling like a defensive battle?
The yardage piled up toward the end of the first half, but both offenses had a hard time getting off the ground before then.
The Colts came in with the NFL’s sixth-ranked passing attack while the Ravens’ offense has been tough to handle at home, recording at least 400 yards in five of eight games at M&T Bank Stadium.
The Colts went into the half having outgained the Ravens 203-188 while holding a distinct advantage in time of possession (19:11-10:49).
Luck picked it up late in the second quarter, and ended the half 13-for-23 for 143 yards. Flacco, however, is just 5-for-12 for 108 yards.
Rice has been Baltimore’s top offensive performer with 41 rushing yards and 47 receiving yards.
Paul Kruger has led the defense with 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
Ray Lewis has seven tackles so far in his final game in Baltimore.