Flacco Slays Demons with Game Winning Drive at Pittsburgh

Street Talk Flacco Slays Demons with Game Winning Drive at Pittsburgh

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Joe Flacco leading a fourth quarter game winning drive wasn’t something new. Joe Flacco beating the Steelers in Pittsburgh had been done before. But a come from behind victory over a Ben Roethlisberger lead team at Heinz Field was territory previously unconquered by the Ravens quarterback.  

In a game that saw the Ravens held to just 67 yards rushing, Flacco had no choice but to put the offense on his back and carry the load against a Steelers defense that hadn’t allowed more than 17 points at home all season. The key stat for the offense was a season-high 14 of 21 third down conversions.

With 2:24 remaining and 92 yards of torn turf in front of him, Joe Flacco calmly took the Ravens on their best drive of the year. On the final possession he went 7 of 13 for 92 yards that culminated with a 26-yard touchdown pass to WR Torrey Smith. Not only was the drive a signature moment in Flacco’s young career, it was a stepping stone in the evolution of the fourth-year starter. 

Category

2010 (rank)

2011 to date

2011 Ranking

Difference

Pts / Gm

22.3 (16)

26

7th

Tot Pts

357 (16)

208

7th

Yds / Gm

322.9 (22)

342.9

16th

Rush Yds/Gm

114.4 (14)

102.0

22nd

Pass Yds/Gm

208.4 (20)

240.9

12th

1st downs/Gm

18.9 (18)

20.1

T-12th

3rd Down Pct.

39% (T-16)

40%

T-12th

4th Down Pct.

40% (T-21)

67%

T-3rd

Penalties

90 (T-18)

55

T-12th

TOP/Gm

31:20 (11)

30:37

13th

Fumbles

22 (T-17)

15

T-3rd

Fumbles Lost

10 (T-17)

8

T-2nd

Turnovers

+7 (9)

+4

T-7th

Red Zone %

49.2% (22)

42.9%

27th

Flacco QB Rating

93.6 (7)

76.9

25th

 
The sweep over Pittsburgh opens the door to winning the division if the Ravens can achieve a successful second half of the season. Heading into week 10 amongst the Bengals, Steelers and Ravens, Baltimore has the easiest remaining strength of schedule at .477.
 
Red Zone Conversion Rate for Teams with a Winning Record
 

Team

2011 Red zone %

2010 Red zone %

1. Atlanta

64.3%

60.7%

1. Buffalo

64.3%

51.4%

3. New England

63.9%

61.9%

4. NY Jets

63.6%

44.3%

5. NY Giants

62.9%

57.4%

6. Green Bay

59.4%

62.7%

7. Detroit

56.0%

64.4%

8. New Orleans

54.5%

51.5%

9. Cincinnati

52.0%

49.1%

10. Chicago

50.0%

49.1%

11. Houston

47.1%

62.3%

12. Pittsburgh

46.7%

52.5%

13. San Francisco

44.8%

47.6%

14. Ravens

42.9%

49.2%

 
BTN will track the progress here on a weekly basis. Keep in mind for some categories a decrease is positive, as in the case of Fumbles lost, and an increase is negative, in as the case of Penalties.
 

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Scot is a Baltimore native, a Towson University graduate, and has followed sports since the early 1980's. Scot likes to go inside the numbers and get the real "411" on the wins and losses,  hence his Behind The Numbers column.   Besides being an avid sports fan, Scot has been involved with televison sports production as an Associate Producer since 1993 for WMAR, ESPN, ESPNU,ESPN2, and the former Home Team Sports network.  In addition to his television work Scot has written articles for Baltimore Magazine, Lacrosse Magazine and Patuxent Publishing.  These experiences make him a natural as the creator of the Media Watchdog, another of SK's fine contributions.   More from Scot Kleinfeld

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