Ravens beat Dolphins 26-23

3:33 PM, Oct 6, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Ravens travel to Miami eager to take the field. Last week against the Bills, Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco threw a career high five interceptions.

First Quarter

There's been a lot of talk this week about the Ravens lack of a run game. But it's become clear who the most important weapon is on offense: Torrey Smith. The wide receiver hauled in a short pass and tool it 41-yards down the sideline. It led to a Baltimore field goal. The Ravens are off to their hottest start this season.

After some back and forth punting, running back Ray Rice coughed the football up in his own territory. The Dolphins turned the fumble into a field goal, tying the score at three apiece.

Second Quarter

The Ravens find themselves in a defensive slugfest so far in Miami. Luckily they have a borderline Leo Noel kicker in Justin Tucker, who booted a 50-yarder to give the Ravens a 6-3 lead.

The Ravens secondary has been a little sketchy so far in 2013 and proved that once again against the Dolphins. Ryan Tannehill connected with Mike Wallace for a 49-yard gain. The Baltimore defense would stall the drive though, forcing another Miami field goal. 6-6 is the score. 

It's time to give Tannehill some credit. The second-year pro is outplaying Flacco so far. Miami marched 60-yards in seven plays, capped off by a gorgeous Tannehill touchdown to Charles Clay. Miami enters the locker room at halftime with a 13-6 lead. 

Third Quarter

The Ravens used a pass interference call to extend their opening drive all the way to the end zone. Ray Rice punched the ball in to tie the score at 13.

Fourth Quarter

The Ravens have officially taken control of the game. Two drives have led produced rhythm like we haven't seen from Baltimore the entire season. Flacco has spread the ball around well and Ray Rice has added another touchdown. Barring a meltdown, the Ravens should turn this 23-16 lead into a solid road victory. 

I totally jinxed the Ravens. A third down pass from Joe Flacco sailed errant and Dolphins cornerback Rashad Jones picked off the pass, taking it all the way back for a touchdown. The Dolphins have tied the game at 23. 

Miami's ensuing kickoff went out of bounds, setting up Baltimore on the 40-yard line. Some smash-mouth football brought the Ravens within range for Justin Tucker, who nailed a 44-yarder. 

In a last desperation chance, the Dolphins almost pulled off some unbelievable magic. Tannehill completed a 4th down pass to Brandon Gibson for 46-yards. A last second 57-yard field goal attempt was missed by Miami's kicker Caleb Sturgis.

The Ravens can credit their defense for the 26-23 win. Six sacks of Tannehill clearly dictated the game. 

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