The Baltimore Ravens won with a furious comeback on Monday evening 31:25 in overtime against the Indianapolis Colts. After a more than three-quarters strong defensive performance by the guests, those who wanted to change Baltimore could not find an answer and were literally overrun.
The game began uncharacteristically – the Ravens opened the game with a 3-and-out with a sack against Lamar Jackson. The Colts then started with a false start by left tackle Eric Fisher, but recovered quickly: Carson Wentz threw a short screen at running back Jonathan Taylor and he went straight into the end zone for a touchdown over 76 yards!
A little later, the Colts marched into the Red Zone, but remained without points, because Odafe Oweh managed a strip sack against Wentz and Brandon Williams captured the fumble. It was not until after the two-minute warning before Baltimore found its way onto the scoreboard – Justin Tucker hit from 23 yards and shortened with 1:39 minutes on the clock. Enough time for the guests to strike back again.
But in a curious way: with three seconds on the clock, Punter Rigoberto Sanchez suddenly stepped up to a 42-yard field goal – with Holder Nyheim Hines (running back). The attempt passed to the left, but the Colts got another chance as Ravens-Corner Marlon Humphrey was offside. On the second attempt, kicker Rodrigo Blankenship took on and hit from 37 yards at the break: 10: 3 Colts.
Indy then got the ball first and put his foot on the gas: After two two plays, Wentz found Michael Pittman, who caught the ball over his defender and completed the play to a 42-yard touchdown.
And after a fumble from Jackson in front of the goal line, Isaiah Rodgers carried the ball after a lateral from Darius Leonard on the return over 75 yards into the end zone – the total play would have gone over 98 yards – but the lateral went forward, so in the end the touchdown was called off. That only postponed the inevitable, because shortly thereafter Taylor ran over 4 yards to his second touchdown of the evening. However, the following two-point conversion failed.
Ravens vs. Colts: Andrews and Campbell bring back Baltimore
The Ravens struck back with a quick drive and 43-yard touchdown pass from Jackson to Hollywood Brown, but the Colts responded with another field goal – again from Blankenship, who had previously looked battered after an extra point. It was later discovered that he had problems with his hip. The Ravens then threw their run game completely out of the window and only went through the air and mainly over tight end Mark Andrews, to whom the guests had no answer. Accordingly, it only took six moves before Jackson found Andrews in the end zone and then for two more points. Play 1 score game in just under ten minutes.
The Colts then focused on downplaying the clock and scoring again if possible. They brought the clock down to under five minutes, but there were no points. D-Liner Calais Campbell blocked a 37-yard field goal from Blankenship after he had previously successfully stopped in the backfield at 3rd Down. Then it got a bit bumpy for the Ravens, who nevertheless found their way to the end zone – Jackson found Andrews again for a touchdown and two-point conversion! Compensation with 39 seconds on the clock.
The Colts came within field goal range again, but Blankenship missed from 47 yards – overtime! At the beginning of this, the Ravens won the coin toss and marched relentlessly towards the end zone. Jackson ended up with a touchdown pass to Brown – a Hollywood ending, if you will!
Baltimore Ravens (4-1) – Indianapolis Colts (1-4)
Result: 31:25 OT (0: 7, 3: 3, 6:12, 16: 3, 6: 0) BOXSCORE
Ravens vs. Colts – the most important statistics
- Taylors Touchdown-Reception (76 YDS) war die längste Touchdown-Reception eines Colts-Running-Backs seit Marshall Faulks 78-Yard-Score in Peyton Mannings Rookie-Saison 1998.
- Andrews’ first touchdown was not only his first TD of the season, he also caught passes in the Red Zone for the first time this year. Up to this point he was denied that.
- For the first time after 43 games in a row, the Ravens failed to break the 100 rushing yard mark. They share the NFL record with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1974 to 1977.
The star of the game: Lamar Jackson
That could have been a disaster. He lost a fumble early in the game just before the end zone and the same almost happened to him late in regular time. But his knee was on the ground. And so the bottom line is a furious comeback after almost three weak quarters of the Ravens offense. Then Jackson took over, mostly with his arm, which should be an exclamation point for the rest of the league. He set a franchise record of 442 passing yards (37/43, 4 TD). Also outstanding: Mark Andrews, who could not be held and who had 11 receptions for 147 yards and a total of 16 points.
The flop of the game: Colts pass defense
The Colts found a way to defeat the Ravens’ run game. They held Baltimore at 86 yards and 3.4 yards per carry. But when the home side switched to the passing game towards the end, made spread formations the standard and literally forced the balls on Andrews and Brown (9 REC, 125 YDS, 2 TD), Indy had no answer. The underneath routes were open to zone coverage. And when people switched to Man a lot late in the day, Andrews was a constant mismatch.
Analysis: Ravens vs. Colts – the tactics board
- The Colts played mainly in base defense, with three linebackers and four men in the secondary. In addition, a safety was brought into the pits more often in order to be able to react better to the Ravens’ run game. They also played zone to keep their eyes on Jackson to stop his excursions.
- That was a noticeable problem for the hosts, because they didn’t have the space they usually have. Because the linebackers were very fast laterally, outside runs also rarely worked.
It was noticeable that, unlike usual, the Ravens mainly bet on short passes. Deep shots were largely absent. They rely on screens and many crossing routes to bring their playmakers into play. Gaps were rarely found in the zone, as the Colts were very disciplined and did not flash aggressively.
- Late in the second half the Ravens found an answer: they switched to spread formations with more receivers, which forced the Colts into the sub-package. Accordingly, there was no one left to cover Tight End Andrews, who was always open with crossers, seam routes and shallow routes and brought Baltimore back into play.
- The Colts responded aggressively to numerous Blitzes by the Ravens with quick, short passes and running plays past the Blitz. In particular, the screens and drop-offs on Taylor turned out to be extremely effective and showed that Taylor can apparently be of greater help in the passing game than previously thought.