Ravens ‘Let Down’ with 22-17 Loss to Struggling Seahawks

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The Baltimore Ravens suffered their third let-down this season, falling 22-17 on the road to the Seattle Seahawks. This marks the third game the Ravens have lost to a team with a losing record. They lost to the Tennessee Titans in week 2 and Jacksonville Jaguars in week 6. The Ravens are in second place in the AFC North division with a 6-3 overall record, 2-0 division-wise.

The Seahawks sealed their upset victory over the Ravens when…

Seattle veteran running back Marshawn Lynch broke a few tackles to pick up a first down deep in Ravens’ territory with only seconds remaining in the game. Baltimore had no more timeouts, so the Seahawks simply let the clock expire.

Most Valuable Player(s) of the Game:

Lynch finished with 32 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown. He ran the ball hard and fast all game long, wearing down on the tough Ravens defense. Many of his yards came on Seattle’s final possession of the game, when they milked nearly four minutes off the clock, ending the Ravens chance at getting their offense back on the field for a possible comeback.

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Seahawks veteran quarterback Tarvaris Jackson also played well, completing 17 of 27 passes for 217 yards. He didn’t complete a touchdown pass, but he converted several first downs with key passes on third-down plays. Several of them were converted on Seattle’s game-winning drive.

Unsung Heroes of the Game:

Lynch will get most of the glory for Seattle’s upset win, but it was the Seahawks’ offensive line that paved the way for the victory. They really got after the Ravens’ defensive front seven in the second half, opening up big holes for Lynch. They did just as good a job pass protecting for Jackson, who had plenty of time to survey the field and find open receivers.

Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka also came up big for his team, converting 5-of-5 field goals for 15 of Seattle’s points.

More Game Notes:

Flacco attempted 52 passes, a new career-high. He completed 29 of them for 255 yards and a touchdown late in the fourth quarter that brought the Ravens within a touchdown from pulling off a third straight comeback.

Second-year tight end Ed Dickson also put up career-high numbers, catching 10 passes for 79 yards and a touchdown. Ravens star running back Ray Rice followed Dickson with eight catches for 55 yards, while also tossing a short touchdown pass on a halfback option play in the first half.

Next Up:

The Ravens will return home for an AFC North divisional matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals (6-3 overall) on Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.