Quarterback Joe Flacco said all year that the Ravens offense was close. The points didn't show it, but the unit was going to break out at some point, he said.
In Week 13, Flacco and Baltimore's offense finally exploded in a 38-6 win over the Miami Dolphins at M&T Bank Stadium.
The Ravens (7-5) stepped on the gas early, and this time, never let up, just like Flacco pleaded for all week. The Dolphins (7-5) came to Baltimore riding a six-game winning streak and left with a black eye.
Baltimore had a 24-0 lead at halftime behind 303 offensive yards of production, the fifth-most in team history. The Ravens finished with 496 total offensive yards.
Flacco had his best game of the season and one of the best of his career. He went 36-of-47 for 381 yards, four touchdowns and one interception – setting a personal and franchise record for completions in a single game.
Flacco was 27-of-34 for 258 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the first half alone, in which he hit a whopping 10 different receivers.
Baltimore scored touchdowns on its first, second and fourth offensive drives, and tacked on a field goal as time expired in the first half.
Overshadowed by the offense was another dominant performance by the Ravens defense, which rode three interceptions and pitched a first-half shutout. Baltimore's defense gave up its only points when a fumble set the Dolphins up inside the Ravens' 10-yard line.
After a brutal four-game losing skid in October, the Ravens have now won four of their last five games and are still atop the AFC North.
- For the second straight week, the Ravens marched down the field for a touchdown on their opening drive. Flacco went 6-for-7 for 73 yards and a touchdown and completed all of those passes to six different receivers, capped by a 3-yard pass to wide-open running back Terrance West.
- After the Dolphins missed a field goal, the Ravens offense came back down the field for another touchdown. This time, it had to overcome an early holding penalty and executed on a gutsy fourth-and-1 run from their own side of the field. Flacco capped the drive with a 13-yard laser to tight end Dennis Pitta down the middle of the field to put the Ravens up, 14-0, in the first quarter.
- The Ravens were up, 14-0, when the Dolphins took a shot to the end zone. Miami receiver DeVonta Parker had a step, but safety Lardarius Webb met him at the ball and made a spectacular interception as the two collided. Had Webb not made that play, the game would have looked a lot different early on.
- After the teams traded interceptions, Flacco led the Ravens on an 18-play, 88-yard drive that ate 8 minutes, 57 seconds off the clock. The Ravens overcame another early penalty and converted on another fourth-down gamble. Flacco hit Pitta for a second touchdown in the first half, this time from 9 yards out, to put the Ravens ahead, 21-0.
- Kicker Justin Tucker continued his hot streak with his 35th consecutive field goal, this time from 55 yards out. Tucker is now 8-for-8 on field goals from 50 yards or beyond this season.
- After the Dolphins got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter, the Ravens offense responded on the next drive, when Flacco hit Breshad Perriman over the middle and the speedy wide receiver raced 53 yards to the end zone, giving Baltimore a 31-6 lead. It's Perriman's third touchdown in four games.
Standout Player of the Game
QB Joe Flacco
Operating in a fast-paced offense, Flacco got into a rhythm early and rode it throughout the day. He attacked the middle of the Dolphins defense. Flacco's 119.2 quarterback rating was his best mark since Nov. 24, 2014 in New Orleans. His four touchdown passes were the most since he threw five against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Oct. 12, 2014.
On The Horizon
The Ravens will travel to Foxboro for Monday Night Football against the rival New England Patriots, who sit atop the AFC with a 10-2 record.
Check out the best photos from M&T Bank Stadium as the Ravens battle the Dolphins in a pivotal AFC matchup.