Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith (89) makes a catch as Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 26-18. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
It came down to the final play yet again for the Baltimore Ravens. But the end result was just another loss for the1-6 Ravens who fell to the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 26. It was the sixth time this season the Ravens had a chance to win or tie the game with the ball in their possession with less than two minutes remaining, and just like the first five times, the Ravens lost the game. Every single loss this season was by eight points or fewer.
This time around, the game ended as Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was intercepted after lobbing a pass to tight end Crocket Gilmore in the end zone. Gilmore is a 6-foot-6-inch, 275-pound athlete with great hands, so it was a smart decision for Flacco to take a shot at his biggest target just 15 yards away from the end zone with 13 seconds left in the game. But Gilmore
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) throws under pressure from Arizona Cardinals defensive end Frostee Rucker (92) and Rodney Gunter (95) during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
couldn’t track the ball down and, instead, it was snagged by Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson to seal the win for Arizona.
The Ravens threatened to make the comeback after trailing, 26-10, with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter. A blocked punt, followed by a quick touchdown pass from Flacco, cut the Cardinals lead to a one-possession score with four minutes left in the game. Arizona burned two minutes off the game clock before being forced to punt, giving the Ravens one last opportunity at the comeback. Baltimore just failed to pull it off.
Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer led Arizona with 20 of 29 pass attempts completed for 275 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Chris Johnson also had a bid game for the Cardinals, running for 122 yards and a touchdown.
Flacco was 26 of 40 for 252 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Ravens star receiver Steve Smith Sr. had five catches for 78 receiving yards.
Next – Baltimore will host the San Diego Chargers at M&T Bank Stadium on Nov. 1. Kickoff set for 1 p.m.