Not even Billy Cundiff was sure he would play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.
After injuring his left calf muscle Thursday and missing practices that day and the next, the Ravens kicker was understandably concerned that he might have to sit. But after testing the leg Sunday, there was Cundiff kicking a field goal and three extra points in a 24-10 win against Indianapolis at M&T Bank Stadium.
"I knew it was going to be a stretch play because I didn't really know how it felt," he said after the game. "But I went ahead and kicked on Saturday, and I felt like it was good enough to play. At this time of the year, it's not always about being 100 percent, just about making sure that I can contribute. And if I can contribute, I'll play."
Cundiff, who compared the injury to a cramp, acknowledged being concerned about the injury. "I've had numerous little things that never stopped me from practicing or playing, but this was the first time I've had something kind of creep up on me and really stick," he said.
The left calf did impact his ability to kick off as each attempt got shorter. After getting just one touchback on four kickoffs in the first half, punter Sam Koch assumed the responsibility in the second half.
Cundiff said barring any setbacks he intends to play next Sunday when the Ravens visit the San Diego Chargers.
"Oh, I'll play. That's for sure," he said. "It's just a matter of seeing how things progress this week."
Flacco achieves franchise first
Less than a year removed from becoming the first Ravens quarterback to throw for back-to-back 3,000-yard campaigns, Joe Flacco established another first Sunday.
With a 17-yard completion to rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith in the second quarter, Flacco became the first quarterback in Baltimore football history to eclipse the 3,000-yard mark in three consecutive seasons. Flacco finished Sunday with 3,122 yards after completing 23 of 31 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns.
"We did well today," Flacco said of the offense's balance. "We had some success in both. It wasn't like we were getting stoned in the passing game [or] stoned in the running game and had to pick one. We were actually able to be successful in running the ball and in throwing the ball, and we did both of those."
Torrey Smith ties rookie record
Smith continued his impressive rookie campaign by tying Jamal Lewis for the most touchdowns by a rookie. Smith tied the franchise record when he caught an 8-yard pass from Flacco on the Ravens' opening possession.
Smith, who has six receiving touchdowns, ranks second among all NFL rookies in that category to the Cincinnati Bengals' A.J. Green (seven).
"I thought I had a good shot at getting the ball," Smith said. "So I just ran the route to the corner, and Joe made a great throw."
Flacco gets away with one
Flacco was intercepted in the fourth quarter, and he was nearly picked off in the second. That potential pick could have changed the outcome.
With the Ravens leading 10-0, and the offense driving into Colts territory, Flacco dropped back on first-and-10 from the Indianapolis 25 and tried to connect with Dennis Pitta, who was crossing the field right to left. Indianapolis free safety Antoine Bethea appeared to sniff out the play, but he dropped an interception that could have turned into a game-changing touchdown. Three plays later, running back Ray Rice rumbled 6 yards to extend the Ravens' lead to 17-0.
"If I would have caught it, I would have been off to the house, but you have to finish those," Bethea said. "That play right there was big. It could have changed the game. They went in and scored. It was a big play. I should have had it."
Lewis sits out fourth straight game
Ray Lewis missed his fourth consecutive game because of a turf toe injury on his right foot. Dannell Ellerbe made his third start in four games at inside linebacker.
Cornerback Chris Carr (back) also did not play, sitting out his third straight game.
The Ravens also deactivated wide receivers LaQuan Williams and Tandon Doss, nose tackle Brandon McKinney, rookie running back Anthony Allen (hamstring) and rookie linebacker Chavis Williams.
With his 6-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, Rice recorded his 10th rushing score of the season, taking the AFC lead. … Indianapolis deactivated linebackers Kevin Bentley and A.J. Edds (ankle), quarterback Peyton Manning (neck surgery), wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez (groin), defensive end Jerry Hughes, offensive tackle Quinn Ojinnaka and defensive back Mike Holmes. … Outside linebacker Jarret Johnson, strong safety Tom Zbikowski and running back Ricky Williams represented the Ravens for the coin toss.Copyright © 2015, CT Now