The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Miami Dolphins, 38-6, on the shoulders of amazing plays from their quarterback.
Joe Flacco had an outstanding day, passing for 381 yards (36-47 on attempts), four touchdowns and one interception against the Dolphins. Before his great game, Flacco had a back-and-forth with his offensive coordinator, Marty Mornhinweg over the direction of the offense during the week. Flacco contended that the offense was too conservative, Mornhinweg disagreed with Flacco.
“One thing Marty has never been accused of is being conservative. That’s not a label he takes too kindly to, as Joe can probably attest,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. “Iron sharpens iron. We challenge each other, and everybody is able to do it in a way that makes each other better. I thought Marty just had a phenomenal game.”
Flacco spread the ball far and wide, to many different receivers. Flacco hit Mike Wallace, Terrance West, Steve Smith Sr. Breshad Perriman, Dennis Pitta, Darren Waller, Nick Boyle and Kenneth Dixon on passes.
“We did have a good conversation about it, and I felt that [Mornhinweg] would kind of do what he did today, and we responded well to it,” said Flacco who threw 381 yards and misfired on only 11 of his 47 passing attempts. “It played out that way because we were able to take the ball down the field on the first couple of drives and do what we did, and it allowed us to continue to do those things.”
Smith Sr. was definitely amazed with the way Flacco played and asserted himself.
“The guy who was throwing the ball, he was playing lights out,” Smith Sr. said. “We go as he goes, and so when he does a great job, we all look better.”
When Smith Sr. was asked about Flacco’s back-and-forth with Mornhinweg, Smith said, “When you have the quarterback saying this is what he likes, he’s putting it on his back, so that’s what you want.”
The Ravens needed this from their de-facto leader. Flacco had been struggling during most of the season. After a win against a Miami team that was considered by many to be a playoff-caliber team, Flacco goes into next week against the New England Patriots with some confidence. He carries a 3-5 record (regular season and playoffs combined) against the Patriots and played extremely well against them in the 2014 NFL Playoffs, going 28-45 (62.22% completion rate) tossing four touchdowns, two interceptions for a 92.1 passer rating.
Not bad right?
I believe that Joe will continue his great play because that’s what he does down the stretch. He shows up big. Huge actually. Head-to-head against Tom Brady, Flacco has thrown for 25 TDs and 10 interceptions. Why wouldn’t he show up next week?