The Ravens needed something to change on the first drive of the second half and while it wasn’t the running game or offensive line, they’ll take it.
Baltimore benefited from two defensive pass interference flags on Miami that added up to a combined 55 yards. That fueled a six-play, 80-yard drive that allowed the Ravens to tie it at 13-13 just 2:53 into the third quarter.
The big play was a 14-yard scramble by Joe Flacco for the Ravens’ longest run of the game.
Ray Rice ran it in from 2 yards out for the Ravens’ first touchdown of the game and first rushing touchdown in two weeks. It was the first time Rice crossed the goal line since Week 1.
In other good news, linebacker Courtney Upshaw is back in the game after leaving in the first half with a shoulder issue.
Update: Tandon Doss has joined Ed Dickson as receiving options helping out a thinned unit, making a 40-yard catch on the last drive to help set up Justin Tucker’s third field goal - a 25-yarder that gave the Ravens a 16-13 lead with less than five minutes to go in the third quarter.
Doss and Dickson both have two catches for 51 yards, and Flacco has now passed for 187 yards.
The last drive was one of the Ravens’ best, as they went 73 yards in 11 plays and 5:34 to reclaim the lead. Baltimore now has 10 straight points in the third quarter after falling behind by seven late in the opening half.
Update II: Rice ran for his second rushing touchdown of the half and game, increasing the Ravens’ lead to 23-13 with 12:06 to go on a 3-yard scamper around the left edge.
Rice, Bernard Pierce and the Ravens are up to a season-best 110 rushing yards, while holding the Dolphins to just 13. Rice has 53 yards on 22 carries while Pierce has 43 yards on seven carries, including a 28-yarder on the last drive that goes down as Baltimore’s longest rush of the season.
On top of that, Doss added another catch and now has three for 58 yards. Torrey Smith is leading the way in that department with four receptions for 91 yards.
Flacco is up to 241 passing yards with no touchdowns and no picks one week after being intercepted five times.
Update III: Caleb Sturgis trimmed the Ravens’ lead to 23-16 with 9:38 to go by converting his third field goal of the game, a 48-yarder.
That halted Baltimore’s run of 17 straight points to begin the second half.
Update IV: Things have turned in quite a hurry.
Miami has come back from down 10 points to tie things at 23-23 with 8:03 to go. The Dolphins have scored 10 points in the last 1:35 with the tying score coming on a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown by Reshad Jones.
Flacco was attempting to pass deep to Deonte Thompson, but left tackle Bryant McKinnie was beat and Dion Jordan got a piece of Flacco’s hand as he was trying to throw. That resulted in a popup easily hauled in by Jones, who returned it for six points.
Update V: The Ravens forced the Dolphins to use all their timeouts, but stalled at the Miami 26 before reclaiming the lead, 26-23 on Tucker’s fourth field goal of the day - a 44-yard kick with 1:42 to go.
Now the Dolphins have some time to try and come back once again.
Update VI: The Dolphins made a last gasp when Tannehill completed a 46-yard pass to Brandon Gibson on fourth-and-10 with just over a minute to go.
But Elvis Dumervil came up with the Ravens’ sixth sack of the day, three of which came from Terrell Suggs (all in the second half), and Miami had to settle for a 57-yard field goal attempt. Sturgis’ line drive went way wide left and the Ravens held on for a 26-23 win.
Baltimore bounced back from last week’s loss to Buffalo and improved to 3-2, moving back into a tie with Cleveland and Cincinnati for first place in the AFC North.