Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy rushed for a game-high 120 yards as the Packers held off the Baltimore Ravens for a 19-17 win in a non-conference game on Oct. 13 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.

Baltimore struggled on offense throughout most of the game, and didn’t score a single point until they scored a filed goal when four minutes was left in the third quarter. But the Ravens finally and suddenly got hot late in the game as quarterback Joe Flacco threw two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Down 16-3, Flacco tossed his first touchdown pass of the game to Jacoby Jones to cut the lead to 16-10 with 11 minutes left in the game. Green Bay responded with a time-consuming drive that ended with a short field goal to push the lead to 19-10 with only four minutes left.

But Flacco came right back to throw another touchdown pass to Dallas Clark, cutting the lead to 19-17 with about two minutes left in the game. The touchdown pass to Clark came right after Flacco completed a clutch 63-yard pass to Tandon Doss on fourth down and long.

Unfortunately for Baltimore, the defensive unit wasn’t able to stop Green Bay’s offense on the following Packers possession as Lacy ran for several first downs, forcing the Ravens to burn up all of their timeouts before the game clock eventually expired in favor of Green Bay, 19-17.

Lacy averaged 5.2 yards on 23 carries. He didn’t get to the end zone but he did come up with a big run for a first down with less than a minute in the game that allowed the Packers to run the game clock off to zero for the win.

The loss ended a 10-game winning streak against NFC conference teams played at M&T Bank Stadium.

“We were just too little, too late,” said Flacco after the game. “We’re going to have to work on getting things going offensively earlier in the game.”

Despite the late start, Flacco still produced better numbers than Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, completing 20-of-34 passes for 342 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Flacco finished with a 112.6 passer rating. Rodgers completed just 17 of 32 passes for 315 yards, one touchdown and an interception; his passer rating was 84.8.

Doss led all Ravens receivers with four catches for 99 yards, including the 63-yard catch on fourth down late in the fourth quarter. Ravens tight end Clark added four more catches for 81 yards and an 18-yard touchdown catch.

Baltimore’s running game , however, struggled as Ray Rice ran for just 34 yards on 14 carries, 2.4 yards per carry.

Next-up: the Ravens (3-3 overall, 1-0 AFC North) will face the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-4 overall) on Oct. 20 in Pittsburgh.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor