NFL Game Summary - Buffalo at Baltimore|
(Sunday, October 24th)
Final Score: Baltimore 37, Buffalo 34 (OT)
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Billy Cundiff's 38-yard field goal with just
over four minutes played in overtime capped a rally as Baltimore recovered
from a 14-point first-half deficit to defeat Buffalo, 37-34.
Joe Flacco finished 16-of-31 but passed for 250 yards and three
scores -- two to Todd Heap -- for the Ravens (5-2), who have won four of their
Heap posted three catches for 59 yards while Anquan Boldin had six receptions
for 92 yards and a score. Ray Rice gained 72 yards on 16 carries and Willis
McGahee totaled 64 yards on the ground with a TD on 11 carries.
"I'd like to tell you that I told the team, 'Hey, we're going to get two
turnovers to start the second half, or whatever, after the kickoff,'" said
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. "I think we were down 24-10 at one point, so
we were fighting back the whole game. Then we got the lead and we would have
liked to put them away, and we had a chance to do it and we didn't."
Ryan Fitzpatrick was 29-of-43 for career-bests of 374 yards and four
touchdowns, but was picked off twice for the Bills (0-6), who haven't seen
a stretch of similar futility since opening up a 2-14 season in 1985 by going
0-6. After Carolina's narrow win over San Francisco earlier Sunday,
Buffalo is the lone winless squad in the NFL.
"This one's really hard," said Fitzpatrick. "We got up early, made some big
plays early, then gave them 14 points on the fumble on the kickoff at the end
of the [first] half and an interception I threw to start the third quarter."
Steve Johnson led all receivers with 158 yards and a touchdown reception on
eight catches, and Lee Evans posted three scores and 105 yards on six grabs in
Baltimore's successful OT drive came as a result of their defense, as Bills
wideout Shawn Nelson fumbled a catch which was picked up by Ray Lewis at the
Buffalo 45. An unnecessary roughness call on the Bills pushed the ball to the
29, and a defensive offside call on second down gave the Ravens a 3rd-and-1 at
the 20. McGahee rushed for no gain before Cundiff's winning kick.
Cundiff's 41-yard field goal gave the Ravens an early edge, but Buffalo
responded on a 33-yard scoring connection from Fitzpatrick to Evans.
Rian Lindell's 21-yarder gave the Bills a 10-3 edge after one quarter, and a
Fitzpatrick TD pass to Johnson for 33 yards made it 17-3 for the visitors.
Flacco struck back with a 26-yard score to Heap, but Evans hauled in his
second TD pass of the half -- a 20-yard reception -- to make it 24-10 for the
visitors with 4:56 left in the second quarter.
Cundiff drilled a 48-yarder with under a minute to play in the half, then
C.J. Spiller had the ball stripped away on the kickoff. The Ravens took over
on the Bills' 27 and Heap grabbed a pass just inside the goal line from 14
yards out for a 24-20 game.
Lewis tipped a Fitzpatrick pass on the first play of the second half and
Ed Reed came down with the ball. Baltimore took over on the Buffalo 34 and on
the first play, Flacco hit Boldin on a flea-flicker, giving the Ravens a 27-24
Reed, who spent the first six weeks on the physically unable to perform list
after off-season hip surgery, also forced a fumble in the contest.
"Oh man, it was beautiful. Coming out here and knowing the fans were going to
be how they were, that was just a dream come true," said Reed. "It was like
being a rookie all over again."
On the Bills' next series, Fitzpatrick failed to make a 4th-and-1 from the
Baltimore 34, and the Ravens converted on a McGahee two-yard run to go up
Reed added his second interception of the half two plays later and returned
the ball 40 yards to the Bills' nine, but Flacco coughed up the ball on first
down. The Bills failed to score on that drive, but on their next try went 63
yards in five plays and closed to 34-31 with 5:46 to play on a 17-yard pass to
The Ravens went three-and-out, and after a punt the Bills had the ball on
their own nine-yard line. Facing a 4th-and-7 from their own 12 after the two-
minute warning, David Nelson caught a 16-yard pass. Four more Fitzpatrick
completions got Buffalo to the Baltimore 44 with 37 ticks left.
A 12-yard completion to Johnson on 3rd-and-10 put the ball at the 32 with
eight seconds left, and Lindell nailed a 50-yarder to tie the game with four
seconds to go.
"It's hard to win when you turn it over four times. I thought the turnover
right before the half and right at the start of the third quarter...really,
those two hurt," admitted Bills head coach Chan Gailey. "But I thought our
guys fought their rear off, came back and then got to a point where they could
win the ball game."
Baltimore has won three of the five meetings...Buffalo also dropped its first
six games of the 1984 season, going 2-14 after losing 11 in a row to start the
year...The 1971 Buffalo squad lost 10 in a row from the start of that season
en route to a 1-13 finish...Buffalo racked up 506 yards on total offense in
the loss, while the Ravens had 364 yards...Fitzpatrick's four TD passes were
the most against the Ravens defense since Peyton Manning threw four in a
December 9, 2007 game...Evans tied a career-high with three touchdown grabs,
having accomplished the feat on December 4, 2005 at Miami...The Bills listed
cornerback Terrence McGee, tackle Cornell Green and linebacker Keith
Ellison as inactive...The Ravens listed safety Tom Zbikowski, linebacker
Tavares Gooden and wideout David Reed as inactive.
10/24 18:00:32 ET