BALTIMORE–The Baltimore Ravens set a new franchise record for the most points scored in a single game as they slaughtered the Oakland Raiders, 55-20, in a non-divisional game on Nov. 11 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.
The last time Baltimore set a franchise record for points was back in 2009 when the Ravens scored 48 points in a beat-down of the Detroit Lions. But this butt-kicking was even greater as Baltimore reached 55 points with nearly a full quarter left to play.
The win also advanced the Ravens’ home-game winning streak to 15 consecutive wins earned at M&T Bank Stadium, the longest active home-game winning streak currently in the National Football League (NFL). The 15-home-game winning streak is also a franchise record.
Baltimore’s victory also extended its dominance over the Oakland Raiders. They now have a 7-1 all-time record vs. Oakland, 5-0 versus the Raiders at M&T Bank Stadium.
Most Outstanding Player(s) of the Game:
In one of his finest performances of his career, fifth-year quarterback Joe Flacco put up stellar numbers, completing 21-of-33 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns and compiling a passer rating of 115.8. He also ran for a short touchdown, the first touchdown of the game.
Two of Flacco’s touchdown passes were caught by second-year receiver Torrey Smith, who hauled in a 47-yard touchdown bomb to start the third quarter. Smith also snagged a 20-yard touchdown pass later in the third quarter.
Unsung Hero of the Game:
The Oakland Raiders can be a very dangerous ball club when it comes to running the ball, and the Ravens have uncharacteristically struggled this season stopping the run. But that wasn’t the case today as Baltimore’s defensive unit held the Raiders to only 72 total yards rushing. Baltimore is still without its veteran captain Ray Lewis, but his replacement at linebacker, Jameel McClain did a fine job in his place, recording seven tackles while patrolling the middle of the field. With McClain playing well, Lewis wasn’t missed as much, which gives Baltimore confidence that they’ll survive on defense until Lewis is able to return from injury.
More Game Notes:
Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones may be the reason the team has a new franchise record for most points scored in a game; Jones ran a kickoff back 105 yards for a score, pushing Baltimore’s points total to 55. It was Jones’ second kick return for a touchdown this season; he ran back a kickoff for 107 yards a few weeks ago, which tied a NFL record. Jones is now the first player in Ravens history to score two kickoff return touchdowns in the same season.
Raiders veteran quarterback Carson Palmer, formerly of the AFC North division rival Cincinnati Bengals, had a decent performance despite the loss. He completed 29-of-45 passes for 368 yards, two touchdowns and had a 95.4 passer rating, though also throwing an interception. Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, a Prince George’s County schoolboy star and former receiver for the University of Maryland caught five passes for 82 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown.
The Ravens are now 7-2 overall so far on the season and will next face archrival Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3 overall) on Nov. 18 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa.
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