On both of his turnovers, Flacco rolled out to this right to buy time and stared down his intended target as the most opportunistic defense in the NFL capitalized on the miscues.
His final interception was picked off by cornerback Nick Harper with
remaining on a pass meant for wide receiver Mark Clayton.
"I think sometimes with young quarterbacks their vision isn’t as wide as you want it to be," coach John Harbaugh said. "He didn’t see some of those coverages, but I am sure he will see it next time.
Flacco completed 18 of 27 passes for 153 yards and no touchdowns for a 50.4 quarterback rating.
The two interceptions were eerily similar, if not identical in terms of the read Flacco made. Both times, he should have probably thrown it away or kept running.
During the first half, another potential Flacco interception by linebacker David Thornton was nullified when an instant-replay challenge determined that he didn’t have control of the football.
"I was running in and out of the pocket and when I get out of there and I don’t have anything, I’ve got to throw the ball away and be smart with it," Flacco said. "I don’t think it was the same play, I just think they were similar plays. In the second one, I ran out, choked the ball down and threw it right to the guy. I should have either got it over him or thrown it out of bounds.
"I’m seeing things just fine. I made a couple bad decisions, and I’ve got to get better at that. I’ve got to realize those guys are going to make plays. Every now and then, you have to just take what they give you. If they don’t give you anything, you’ve got to just throw the ball away, live for the punt and live for the next down."
For the season, Flacco has completed 58.5 percent of his throws (62 of 106) for 603 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions for a 62.0 quarterback rating.
"What are you going to do? Tell the guy not to throw the ball anymore?" wide receiver Derrick Mason said. "He’s trying to make plays. That’s up to the coaches to get Joe and tell him when to throw the ball away and when to make a play and when not to. We’re just out there trying to help him make the play work."
One quarter through the season, Flacco has maintained his composure as he learns on the job. He has been sacked six times.
"I think he is doing a good job," Harbaugh said. "I think he can do a lot better. I think he’ll be the first guy to tell you that. We need him to continue to improve. I’m not sure what the measurable standard is, but I think he is doing well."
INJURY REPORT: Offensive tackle Adam Terry left the game in the second quarter with a sprained knee and was carted off the field. He’s scheduled to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging exam today to determine the severity of the injury.
He was replaced at right tackle by veteran Willie Anderson, a four-time Pro Bowl selection.
"When Adam gets back healthy, and we’re hoping he can get back next week, it’s still his job,"
"He was upbeat, and I expect him to get back in there. As soon as he gets healthy, he’ll be back in the starting lineup."
Cornerback Fabian Washington, who was subbing for starter Samari Rolle after his recent neck surgery, injured his shoulder in the second half and didn’t return. He will undergo an MRI, too.
"It’s very painful,"
When asked if he thought he would be out for next week’s game against,
Mason injured his thumb and tight end Daniel Wilcox hurt his hand. Both players will be examined today, but aren’t believed to be serious injuries.
Running back Willis McGahee played the entire game despite bruised ribs, rushing for 64 yards on 22 carries.
"One of my goals was to get through all four quarters, but I didn’t get 100 yards like I wanted to and we didn’t get the win," McGahee said. "I was hurting out there, but I look at the other guys and I just keep on going."
The Ravens held the Titans to just 47 yards rushing on 22 attempts, a puny average of 2.1 yards per carry.
They haven’t allowed any runner to eclipse 100 yards since
Heap is the Ravens’ all-time leader in with 346 receptions, but 339 of those came under former coach Brian Billick. He has been used primarily as a blocker under Harbaugh and caught just three passes for 37 yards in the Ravens’ first three games.
ROUGH PLAY: There were several skirmishes in this fierce rivalry that dates back to the defunct AFC Central, including six unsportsmanlike conduct penalties or unnecessary roughness calls.
Clayton took a blow to the face from Titans safety Chris Hope in the first quarter, drawing a flag.
Prior to kickoff, Titans coach Jeff Fisher told his players that he hated the Ravens. Fisher had a long-running feud with Billick.
"We just looked at it as a tough opponent, an opportunity for our defense to measure up against their defense and play that way," linebacker Bart Scott said. "But for them, it may have been different because of the bad blood between Jeff Fisher and Billick. I’m assuming they had a different mindset preparing for the game."