Baltimore Ravens running back Javorius Allen (37) runs for a touchdown he jumps over Miami Dolphins free safety Michael Thomas (31), during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
The Baltimore Ravens fell to 4-8 and are just about out of playoff contention after losing, 15-13, to the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 6 in Miami, Fla.
It was yet another Ravens game that wasn’t decided until the final plays of the contest; all 12 of Baltimore’s games played this season was decided by eight points or fewer. With starting quarterback Joe Flacco out for the season, the pressure is on back-up Baltimore quarterback Matt Schaub to lead the team in it’s effort to secure a spot in the play-off.
The Ravens trailed, 15-0, in the second quarter after Dolphins defensive end Derrick Shelby tipped and intercepted a pass from Schaub before running it back for a 22-yard defensive touchdown. It was the second straight game Schaub tossed a pick-six, something he has become notorious for during the last three seasons of his 12-year career.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub (8) looks to pass the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Schaub was also intercepted by Dolphins safety Reshad Jones during the previous Ravens possession, which set up a 38-yard touchdown pass by Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill, caught by rookie receiver Devante Parker. The score gave the Dolphins a 7-0 lead at the time.
A 38-yard field goal made by Ravens kicker Justin Tucker made it a 15-3 lead for Miami at halftime.
Baltimore quickly cut the Dolphins lead to 15-10 after a 41-yard touchdown catch-and-run by running back Buck Allen early in the third quarter. But the Ravens didn’t score again until Tucker made another 31-yard field goal to cut the lead to 15-13 late in the fourth quarter.
Tucker had a shot to give the Ravens the lead on a 55-yard field goal try with less than three minutes remaining in the game, but the kick was just too far out of his comfort zone and he missed it by a far right.
Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker (9) kicks a field goal as punter Sam Koch (4) holds the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Miami Gardens , Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
The Dolphins then picked up enough first downs to burn the game clock down to 30 seconds before punting it away. Baltimore took over on offense at their own 20-yard line with about 20 seconds remaining and no timeouts left and ran out of time before they could get into field goal range for the potential comeback win.
Schaub finished the game 34 of 46 for 308 yards, one touchdown pass and two interceptions. Allen led the Ravens with 12 catches for 107 yards and also ran for 63 yards on 17 carries.
Tannehill completed just nine of 19 pass attempts for only 86 yards with one touchdown pass. Dolphins running back Lamar Miller had a game-high 113 rushing yards on 20 carries.
Next – Baltimore will host the Seattle Seahawks at M&T Bank Stadium on Dec. 13. Kickoff set for 1 p.m. Eastern.