The Ravens began the 2012 season on a strong note, blowing out the Bengals in convincing fashion on Monday Night Football. Quarterback Joe Flacco threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns and running back Ray Rice had 93 total yards and two touchdowns on 13 touches as the Ravens had their highest-scoring game since a 48-3 win over the Detroit Lions on Dec. 13, 2009.
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The Ravens defense forced four turnovers — three from Eagles quarterback Michael Vick — but the offense couldn’t capitalize. Flacco led two touchdown drives in the first half to give the team a 17-7 halftime lead, but the Eagles defense kept the Ravens out of the end zone over the final 38:32. Vick, who had 371 yards passing, finished with a 1-yard touchdown run with 1:55 remaining, and the Eagles held on to win as the Ravens floundered on a potential game-winning drive.
Week 3 (Sept. 23) at M&T Bank Stadium: Ravens 31, New England Patriots 30
Playing less than 24 hours after his younger brother died in a motorcycle accident, Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith put on one of the best performances of his young career, hauling in six passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns. Flacco, who passed for 382 yards and three touchdowns, found Smith for a 5-yard score to cut New England’s lead to 30-28 with 4:01 remaining, and kicker Justin Tucker clinched the one-point win with a 27-yard field goal as time expired.
Week 4 (Sept. 27) at M&T Bank Stadium: Ravens 23, Cleveland Browns 16
The first game of the 2012 season for the regular NFL officials ended without incident. Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden had one final chance to tie the game from 18 yards out, but his desperation pass sailed out of the back of the end zone to seal the seven-point victory for the Ravens. Flacco threw for one touchdown and rushed for another to lead the offense. Ravens cornerback Cary Williams returned an interception 63 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Week 5 (Oct. 7) at Arrowhead Stadium: Ravens 9, Kansas City Chiefs 6
It wasn’t pretty, but the Ravens got it done. Tucker hit three field goals and the defense did the rest. The Ravens held Chiefs quarterbacks Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn to a combined 124 yards on 11 of 17 passing, intercepted Cassel twice and forced two fumbles. Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles rushed for 140 yards on 31 carries, but the Ravens held him out of the end zone for the entire game as his team failed to score a touchdown in three trips into the red zone.
Week 6 (Oct. 14) at M&T Bank Stadium: Ravens 31, Dallas Cowboys 29
With the Ravens clinging to a 31-23 lead, Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant hauled in a 4-yard touchdown pass with 32 seconds left to cut the his team’s deficit to two points. The Cowboys failed on the two-point conversion attempt that would have tied the score, but Dallas recovered the onside kick and nearly won the game. Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey’s 51-yard field-goal attempt sailed wide to the left of the upright, however, to seal the Ravens’ fourth straight win.
Week 7 (Oct. 21) at Reliant Stadium: Houston Texans 43, Ravens 13
The Texans defense stifled the Ravens in one of their worst offensive performances of the season. The Ravens scored a field goal on their opening drive, but Texans linebacker Connor Barwin’s sack of Flacco for a safety sparked a run of 29 unanswered points from Houston. The Ravens finally put an end to that run with a touchdown drive to start the third quarter, but by then it was too late. Flacco finished with just 147 yards passing and two interceptions.
Week 9 (Nov. 4) at Cleveland Browns Stadium: Ravens 25, Browns 15
Browns kicker Phil Dawson’s five field goals accounted for all of Cleveland’s 15 points as the Ravens captured their 11th consecutive win against AFC North competition. It was a struggle on offense for most of the game — Flacco passed for just 153 yards — but rushing touchdowns from Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce were key in the win.
Week 10 (Nov. 11) at M&T Bank Stadium: Ravens 55, Oakland Raiders 20
The Ravens might have struggled offensively a week earlier, but they showed no ill effects from that game in their blowout of the Raiders. The team scored a franchise-record 55 points in the win, and it was Flacco and the passing game that led the way. The quarterback threw for 341 yards, passed for three touchdowns and ran for one more. And Jacoby Jones capped off the victory with a 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Week 11 (Nov. 18) at Heinz Field: Ravens 13, Pittsburgh Steelers 10