This was the Ravens’ worst offensive showing of the season. Give the Packers credit for playing a strong game without linebacker Clay Matthews. However, this was more about inept offense than great defense. The Ravens’ running game was pathetic, and their passing game wasn’t good enough to bail them out.
Torrey Smith was bracketed by double coverage and didn’t make his first catch until late in the third quarter. The Ravens’ defense played well, but sooner or later, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is going to make a big play. It happened in the third quarter, when Rodgers connected with Jordy Nelson for a 64-yard TD pass. That gave the Packers a 16-3 lead, and the Ravens didn’t have enough firepower to come back. This was a disappointing loss for the Ravens (3-3), their first loss at home, and coach John Harbaugh’s first ever loss to an NFC team. The Packers (3-2) picked up their first road win.
Key moment: The Packers’ fourth-quarter drive, after the Ravens closed to within 16-10.
With almost 12 minutes left to play, the Ravens were very much alive, after Joe Flacco connected with Jacoby Jones for an 11-yard touchdown pass. However, Aaron Rodgers methodically led the Packers downfield on a 12-play, 72-yard drive that ended with Mason Crosby’s 31-yard field goal. That put the Packers ahead, 19-10, with a little more than four minutes left to play. Goodnight Ravens.
Ravens Players of the Game
Offense: Tandon Doss, (four catches, 99 yards)
Slim pickings when looking for a Ravens offense star in this game. But Doss’ confidence is growing every week, and his 63-yard catch on fourth-and-21 gave the Ravens hope for a few more minutes.
Defense: Jimmy Smith, Ravens CB
He had had a third-quarter interception in the end zone, and held his own against the Packers’ receivers. Smith has been scrutinized during his three-year career as a former No. 1 pick who has not always played up his potential. But Smith has clearly taken a step forward this season.
Injuries: This was a rough game for the Packers, as they lost two wide receivers, James Jones and Randall Cobb, to leg injuries in the first half. Cobb was on crutches watching from the sideline in the second half. There was no immediate word on the severity of their injuries, but the Packers’ offense will miss them if they are out for any significant time.