With lopsided loss, Dolphins lose control of playoff fate

Joy Montgomery
December 6, 2016

During the week, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco criticized the team's inability to stretch opening scores into comfortable fourth quarter leads.

On Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, Pitta had not one, but two receiving touchdowns - in the first half of the contest, which the Ravens went on to win 38-6.

"We've eliminated all of the type of nonsense that most of the teams around the National Football League doesn't have during the week: guys being late, guys getting fined, having practices that really are not energetic and you're not getting things done the way you need to", Gase claimed.

"Like we wanted it to look", was how coach John Harbaugh described it. It is something that has been in our minds. Against a good Ravens defense, nearly every player on offense needs to be 100% or you'll have outcomes like the one on Sunday. "I've seen that we have been successful for most of the season and I expect that we will be successful again".

When pressured this season, Flacco has completed 46.5 percent of his passes for one touchdown and five interceptions (48.3 rating).

On that day, the AFC North division and the Ravens positioning in the playoffs was on the line and Flacco knew the kind of offense they had to be in order to reach the Super Bowl once the playoffs started.

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The Dolphins, meanwhile, saw their six-game winning streak come to a crashing halt as they fell to 7-5.

"I wish I could take credit for all that, but no", Flacco said. "It felt good, it's just nice to be able to get in the end zone, contribute, and help our team".

Finally, the Ravens took full advantage of what an opponent gave them. He capped off the drive with a three-yard touchdown pass to Terrance West that put the Ravens up 7-0 with 10:57 remaining in the first quarter. The short scoring strike capped a 79-yard drive in which the quarterback completed passes to six different receivers. In the first 30 minutes Flacco went 27 for 34 for 258 yards and three scores and the Ravens defense yielded only 115 yards.

In fact, thanks to two hip surgeries, Pitta (90 yards, nine catches, two touchdowns) hadn't scored since December 8, 2013, during the "snow game" win over Minnesota.

"I think that somebody mentioned my last touchdown was in 2013, and that was a long time ago". "I was playing. I've got to get back in to get into the swing of things, and then we've got the Patriots next week". At the end of it all, this could be that one game that does more damage besides ending their streak. "We have found ways to win games and I'm sure we will do much better next week". And he failed to catch Breshad Perriman on his 53-yard catch and run for a touchdown. "Shout out to Joe for a career-high". Our offensive line did that. Throughout the Dolphins' six-game winning streak, Tannehill impressed fans and critics by only throwing one interception. Elvis Dumervil returned from a foot injury last week and made an instant impact, getting a strip-sack on Andy Dalton that ultimately decided the game. If there was ever going to be a game the Ravens seemed destined to commit to their ground attack, this was it.

The last touchdown came as a result of a season-long 18-play, 88-yard drive that took almost nine minutes off the clock.

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