The Baltimore Ravens pulled off their biggest comeback in franchise history as they erased a 21-point first half deficit to beat the Arizona Cardinals, 30-27, on Oct. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.

Veteran kicker Billy Cundiff nailed a 25-yard field goal to seal the last-second victory as the Ravens advanced to a 5-2 overall record on the season. The Arizona Cardinals now fall to 1-6 overall on the season.

Most Outstanding Players(s) of the Game:
Ravens’ running back Ray Rice came into this Sunday’s game with just two rushing touchdowns on the season, but he scored three rushing touchdowns to help Baltimore beat Arizona. Rice also rushed for 63 yards in the game, along with seven catches for 36 yards.

Although Rice scored all of the Ravens’ touchdowns, it was quarterback Joe Flacco and veteran receiver Anquan Boldin who moved the team up and down the field. Flacco completed 31 of 51 passes for 336 yards, while Boldin caught seven passes for 145 yards.

Unsung Hero of the Game:

The Ravens didn’t find much of an offensive rhythm in the first half, but give offensive coordinator Cam Cameron credit for making the proper adjustments in the game plan to spark the second-half comeback. Cameron allowed Flacco to pass from a shotgun-spread formation throughout most of the third and fourth quarters, which breathed instant life into the Ravens’ offense. In the shotgun-spread, at least four receivers are on the field, giving the quarterback more options to throw all over the field. The quarterback also stands back five yards deep behind the line of scrimmage in the shotgun, which gives him more time to stand strong and examine the field to find receivers. Seeing the Ravens in such a style of offense makes them look like an entirely different unit than what we’ve seen from them in other games where they utilized more of a traditional 2-receiver set. Maybe we’ll see more of the shotgun-spread from the Ravens throughout the remainder of the season.


The Ravens will head to Pittsburgh to take on their archrival the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2 overall) on primetime television Sunday night Nov. 6. The Ravens last beat Pittsburgh back on the season opener on Sept. 11.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor