Monday, December 8, 2008

Frozen and Abbreviated

After a very cold Sunday Night Football matchup between the Redskins and the Ravens, I'm keeping it short since I didn't get home until after 1AM and I have a twelve-hour day tomorrow. We found out a little more about the Ravens tonight and how special they have the potential to be. It wasn't the two takeaways in the first five minutes, nor the three total takeaways by Ed Reed. It was all about the fourth quarter.

Up 17-0, Joe Flacco threw an interception that turned into a field goal for the Skins. Then, Willis McGahee fumbled, setting up a Washington TD to make it 17-10. The Ravens got the ball back with about 11:20 to go and momentum squarely against them. This is championship time. This is when a team that hopes to go somewhere exerts their will on another team. The Ravens lined up with two tight ends, a fullback, and their power back. They basically said, "We're going to run the ball up the middle. Try to stop us." The drive went for twelve plays and eighty-three yards, capped off by a twenty-eight yard touchdown pass to Derrick Mason. The drive took 7:52. Things don't always go well all the time for a team, but even against a top-five defense, the Ravens were able to overcome that and show how dominant they can be.

Pittsburgh next week for a share of the division.

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