The Ravens came into Kansas City with the NFL’s second ranked offense; after an ugly 9-6 win over the Chiefs, they now find themselves eighth.
Drops are a part of football but are magnified in games where the offense fails to complete plays to gain momentum. For the Ravens, historically a team with good hands, their drops almost ended up costing them the game.
The offense struggled, to say the least, uncharacteristically dropping five passes by the time the game ended. In total, the dropped passes would have accounted for a minimum of 45 additional yards (measured at the spot of the drop) and three first downs.
Two of the drops came on third down where the Ravens faltered for most of the afternoon. Before their final drive – that saw two conversions, a Joe Flacco 16-yard rush and a Ray Rice one-yard dive that sealed the game – the Ravens had only converted one third down try the entire game.
The Chiefs defense is better than most think but the Ravens made them look even better considering the amount of times Flacco did his job of putting the ball into his receivers’ hands only to see them let him down.
Here is a breakdown of the dropped passes:
|Situation||Field Position||Pass Dropped By||Distance|
|3rd & 8||BAL 38||Pitta||8 yards*|
|1st & 10||BAL 9||Boldin||12 yards*|
|1st & 10||BAL 31||Boldin||18 yards|
|3rd & 10||BAL 42||Rice||5 yards*|
|1st & 10||KC 14||Leach||2 yards|
* Denotes play that would have likely resulted in a successful third-down conversion.