Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun
October 13, 2013
What happened: Green Bay led by 13 points after three quarters, but its offense slowed in the fourth quarter after wide receivers Randall Cobb and James Jones suffered knee injuries. The Ravens rallied in the fourth, with Joe Flacco throwing an 11-yard touchdown to wide receiver Jacoby Jones and an 18-yard scoring pass to Clark. But Packers tight end Jermichael Finley took a short pass for 52 yards on third-and-3, and the Packers ran out the clock.
Performance of the game: Packers rookie Eddie Lacy showed why he was a first-round pick in April's draft, bulldozing would-be defenders while racking up 120 yards on 23 carries. He carried the load on offense and converted on third-and-2 with less than a minute and a half left to keep the Ravens from getting the ball back.
Turning point: As energized as the Ravens' comeback attempt was in the fourth quarter, they really needed to play better early in the game. The Packers were up 6-0 at the half and 16-3 after the third quarter, setting the tone at M&T Bank Stadium. Green Bay's touchdown — a blown coverage by cornerback Lardarius Webb that resulted in a 64-yard reception for Jordy Nelson — put the lead out of reach, and the Ravens simply ran out of time.
Key stats: The Ravens rushed for 47 yards on 22 carries, compared with Green Bay's 140 on 30 touches. The Ravens went 2-for-14 on third down and 1-for-2 on fourth down. Flacco threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns but was sacked five times.
Quote: "In the NFL, you stay with your running game, especially on the road," Ravens rush linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "If you have a good running game on the road, you have a good chance to win."