The Ravens defense kept Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos out of the end zone in Week 1.
In Week 2, without leader Terrell Suggs, Baltimore's defense could hardly slow the Oakland Raiders in a 37-33 loss.
Oakland grabbed a quick 10-point lead at the start, then another 10-point lead in the third quarter of Sunday's game at the O.co Coliseum.
The Ravens* *offense twice rallied to bring Baltimore back, but settled for a field goal when it needed a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, leaving the door open and requiring one final stop from the defense.
Baltimore's defense couldn't get it done, allowing an 80-yard game-winning drive to the Raiders. The drive was capped off by a wide-open 12-yard touchdown catch by Seth Roberts after a holding penalty was called on safety Will Hill that wiped off an interception one play earlier.
In its first game without Suggs, who tore his Achilles tendon last week, the Ravens defense got hardly any pressure on Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who finished the day 30-for-46 for 351 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
The Raiders didn't score in their first three quarters of play last week against the Cincinnati Bengals. Against Baltimore's defense, they punted just twice all day.
Baltimore's offense, which did not reach the end zone in Week 1, fought to keep up and made a number of clutch plays. It rallied from two 10-point deficits and tied the game at 30 with seven minutes, three seconds remaining.
But for the second straight week, it didn't make the clutch play at the end of a game to win. And again it was on a failed completion to the end zone for Steve Smith Sr. Quarterback Joe Flacco lofted a pass to the wide-open Smith, but it was too slow and high. Smith made the catch, but couldn't get both feet down in time.
Flacco went 32-of-45 for 384 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He leaned heavily on Smith, who grabbed 10 passes for 150 yards, and tight end Crockett Gillmore had a coming-out party with five catches for 88 yards and two touchdowns.
The loss puts the Ravens at 0-2 to start the year for the first time in Head Coach John Harbaugh's eight-year tenure. It also puts the Ravens' backs against the wall just two weeks into the season.
Every other AFC North team won on Sunday. Now the Ravens will have back-to-back games against the rival Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers that will go a long way in determining whether they'll get back to the playoffs.
Quote Of The Day
"We've all got to get better as a team and fast. That's the bottom line. There's no magical formula." -- G Marshal Yanda
Turning Point Of The Game
The Ravens defense finally got a stop with a fourth-quarter interception by Will Hill, who returned it into scoring range. Baltimore failed to capitalize with a touchdown, however, putting its struggling defense on the field with the game in the balance.
- The Raiders jumped out to a lead on their first drive as Jimmy Smith got beat on a 68-yard touchdown by first-round rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper.
- On the Ravens' first offensive play from scrimmage, wide receiver Kamar Aiken caught a pass, but was stripped as he turned up field. The Raiders recovered, putting them in position to tack on a field goal and take a quick 10-0 lead.
- The Ravens quickly showed they were going to take more deep shots. Flacco launched one to Steve Smith Sr. down the right sideline but it was caught just out of bounds. Flacco then found Smith on a deep crossing route for 37 yards. Baltimore didn't punch it into the end zone, however, settling for a 22-yard field goal to cut the score to 10-3.
- On the Ravens' third offensive drive, Flacco underthrew a wide-open Aiken, who got behind the Oakland defense. He responded by finding tight end Crockett Gillmore wide open down the middle of the field for a 26-yard touchdown catch and run, evening the score at 10-10 at the end of the first quarter.
- In the second quarter, cornerback Lardarius Webb got beat on a 37-yard pass when he got caught looking back at scrambling quarterback Derek Carr, who hit the wide-open Andre Holmes. Raiders running back Latavius Murray punched it into the end zone two plays later to give Oakland a 17-10 lead.
- The Ravens were at their own 30-yard line when they decided to boldly go for it on fourth-and-1. Baltimore pitched it to running back Justin Forsett, who sped his way around the edge and barely moved the chains.
- After a 38-yard catch and run, Gillmore continued to feast on the Raiders defense, catching a pass several yards short of the end zone, but bulldozing his way through a couple Oakland defenders to stretch for the touchdown. Gillmore finished with five catches for 88 yards and two touchdowns.
- The Ravens offense got some breaks at the end of the first half. After they backed themselves up with consecutive false starts,* *Justin Forsett dug them out of the hole with a 15-yard run on third down. Later, 23-yard reception by Smith which was initially ruled incomplete was overturned after review and an interception was wiped off the board due to a holding penalty. The Ravens settled for a 21-yard field goal to close the half tied, 20-20.
- Baltimore's defense continued to struggle to get to Carr, then they lost track of him altogether as he ran a quarterback keeper for 24 yards. Carr sat back in the pocket and threw all the way across the field for a 29-yard touchdown to wide receiver Michael Crabtree to give Oakland a 30-20 lead.
- The Ravens offense charged back down the field, but Flacco's lobbed third-down pass to Marlon Brown was broken up, leading to yet another Justin Tucker field goal, butting Oakland's lead to 30-23.
- Backed up to its own 7-yard line, the Ravens offense quickly punched its way out with a 7-yard run, then a 38-yard catch and run by Aiken. Baltimore put together a methodical drive, including a 2-yard quarterback sneak on fourth down, and capped it off with a 7-yard touchdown run up the middle by running back Lorenzo Taliaferro.
- The Ravens could have gone up by a touchdown with a few minutes left in the fourth quarter, but Flacco didn't put enough heat on a pass to a wide-open Smith in the corner of the end zone. Smith caught the high pass, but couldn't get both feet down in time.
- Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan was flagged for a roughing-the-passer penalty on the final drive that put Oakland in field-goal range to tie the game. The Raiders drove down the field for the game-winning score as Carr picked apart the defense with short passes.
- In a desperate final attempt, Flacco was picked off on his first pass of his final drive, sealing the game.
Steve Smith Sr.
Smith did everything he could to carry Baltimore, and they targeted him time and time again. Smith's 150 yards led all receivers on the field for both teams.* *
Stat Of The Game
Carr threw for a career-high 351 yards after Denver's Peyton Manning threw for just 175 yards against the Ravens defense last week.
On The Horizon
After an eight-day road trip out West, the Ravens will return to Baltimore for their home opener against the AFC North rival Cincinnati Bengals, who sit atop the division at 2-0.
Check out the best photos from Oakland as the Ravens battle the Raiders in week 2 of the 2015 season.