The Last Time They Met

Flashback Friday The Last Time They Met

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Ravens v. Panthers

Against a decimated Panthers offense that featured a fourth string tailback in Mike Goodson and journeyman quarterback Brian St. Pierre, signed off the street just a week ago. The Ravens defense were aggressors as future Hall of Famers Ed Reed and Ray Lewis snagged scoring interceptions on consecutive series to ice the game away.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Ravens were criticized for slow starts, particularly during road games. But on this day, November 21, 2010 the Ravens addressed that swiftly with a Joe Flacco to TJ Houshmandzadeh 56-yard touchdown hook-up on their first offensive series.

Here’s how Flacco graded out that day…

Quarterback: A-

Facing a very underrated Panthers secondary, Joe Flacco piloted the offense effectively, racking up 24 completions on 33 attempts for 301 yards and the touchdown throw to Houshmandzadeh, good enough for a 111.0 passer rating, which adds to a string of top-ranked performances over the last seven games.

It was the start of a very effective day where Flacco connected with eight different receivers. He was helped with good protection from his offensive line. The long touchdown throw was notable because accuracy on the deep ball had been a focus this week for the team. He continues to show more confidence running the no-huddle offense, which is worth watching as the team makes its playoff run.

While Flacco made mostly good decisions on his throws, aside from a couple predictable check downs to well-covered backs, he did slip by putting the ball on the ground twice, for one lost fumble. He was impressive moving in the pocket to escape pressure however.

Click HERE for the rest of the grades from that 37-13 Ravens victory…

Check out the video highlights from the game below, including a couple of pick 6’s!

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Steve Hasler

About Steve Hasler

March 29, 1984. Steve Häsler was attending college in Gambier, Ohio when the phone rang in his dorm room. His parents were calling with disturbing news – our beloved Colts had poured the entire organization into Mayflower vans and left town. For the next four autumns, Steve was forced to watch football with Browns fans, unsympathetic to the plight of losing a hometown team. By 1987 he was back in Baltimore, working in advertising, and attending the Towson Fourth of July every year just to hear the Baltimore Colts Marching Band play the old fight song as they waddled by. It made his mother cry every year. And yes, he called his old Ohio roommates back in 1995 just to make sure they heard the news that he once again he was going to have a team to root for. Steve has been opining on all things Ravens pretty much since the invention of message boards. You may know him as Shas. More from Steve Hasler

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