NFL Game Summary - Detroit at Baltimore
(Sunday, December 13th)
Final Score: Baltimore 48, Detroit 3
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Ray Rice carried 13 times for a career-high
166 yards, including a 59-yard second-quarter touchdown run, as the Baltimore
Ravens ran away and hid in a 48-3 win over the Detroit Lions at M&T Bank
Rice, who amassed a season-low 71 total yards in Baltimore's loss at Green Bay
on Monday night, atoned for that performance in a major way on Sunday, racking
up a dazzling 204 first-half yards to spur the Ravens (7-6) to an important
victory in regard to their playoff hopes.
In addition to the 59-yard-run, which staked Baltimore to a 17-3 lead, Rice
also posted a 52-yard rush and a 30-yard reception during the first two
quarters, with his 204 yards in a half ranking as the fourth-most in the NFL
With Rice as the catalyst, Baltimore held a 20-3 halftime lead and was never
seriously threatened thereafter.
Rice's performance was just a portion of a ground assault that saw Baltimore
rack up 308 rushing yards and five ground touchdowns for the day. In addition
to Rice, backs Willis McGahee (12 carries, 76 yards, 2 TD) and Le'Ron McClain
(6 carries, 32 yards, 1 TD) ran roughshod over a Detroit defense.
Baltimore finished with a franchise-record 548 total yards, surpassing its
previous mark of 501, set against the Chiefs in Week 1. Baltimore's 48 points
and 45-point margin of victory equaled franchise marks set in a 48-3 win over
the Green Bay Packers on Dec. 19, 2005.
"It really was a team victory. I think all three phases really stepped
up...Maybe the first time all year we've put it together in that type of a
fashion, and that is encouraging," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said.
For their part, the Lions (2-11) and fill-in quarterback Daunte Culpepper
couldn't match the Ravens' offensive display.
Culpepper, making his third start of the year in place of injured rookie
Matthew Stafford (shoulder), completed just 16-of-34 passes for 135 yards with
Culpepper is now 0-8 as the Lions' starter over the past two seasons and
hasn't won a game he opened since leading the Raiders to a victory over the
Chiefs on Nov. 25, 2007.
With the loss, Detroit moved to 0-19 on the road since winning at Chicago on
Oct. 28, 2007 and made head coach Jim Schwartz's return to his native
Baltimore an unhappy one.
The game was shaping up to be a close, low-scoring affair early, as the first
five drives of the contest yielded zero points on either side. A Rice fumble
out of the end zone following a six-yard catch snuffed out Baltimore's first
march, and a missed 45-yard field goal by Detroit's Jason Hanson on the
following drive kept the score tied at 0-0.
But Baltimore got busy late in the first-quarter, as a seven-play, 45-yard
drive culminating in a 38-yard Billy Cundiff gave John Harbaugh's club a 3-0
On their first drive of the second quarter, the Ravens extended the lead to
10-0 when quarterback Joe Flacco hit Derrick Mason on a 62-yard catch-and-run
for a touchdown.
Flacco bounced back from a three-interception performance against the Packers
by completing 13-of-20 passes for 230 yards and the TD without a turnover for
The Lions would answer by putting together their best drive of the day, a 15-
play, 69-yard march that ended with a 22-yard Hanson field goal to cut the
margin to 10-3.
But Baltimore would begin to pull away on the ensuing drive thanks to Rice's
59-yard dash to the end zone, and the Ravens would add a Cundiff 25-yard field
goal just before halftime after a Culpepper interception was returned to the
50-yard line by Baltimore's Chris Carr.
The Ravens kept the foot on the gas after halftime, outscoring the Lions,
21-0, in the third quarter, thanks to two touchdowns from McGahee and one from
McClain. Baltimore scored on all three drives of the third frame.
Baltimore scored on seven straight drives in the game, including on each of
their occasions with the football in the second-and third-quarters.
Troy Smith's 15-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter provided the final
"There's going to be some accountability for this," Lions head coach Jim
Schwartz said of the lopsided loss. "I thought this team was ready to play,
and I was way off the mark there...This is unacceptable."
Rice's 166 ground yards surpassed his previous high of 154, established
against the Browns last Nov. 2nd...Rice went over 1,000 rushing yards for the
year, joining McGahee, Jamal Lewis, and Priest Holmes as the only rushers in
team history to reach the plateau in a season...Flacco's second-quarter
touchdown pass gave him 15 for the season, surpassing the 14 that he threw
during his rookie season...Lions running back Kevin Smith, who carried 21
times for 69 yards, suffered an apparent left knee injury in the fourth
quarter and was carted off...Detroit also lost long snapper Don Muhlbach in
the first half, and Muhlbach was be replaced by center Dominic
Raiola...Baltimore pass rusher Terrell Suggs returned to the lineup after a
three-game absence due to a knee injury and was credited with four
tackles...The Lions finished 1-3 against the NFC North, defeating the Browns
and losing to the Steelers, Bengals, and Ravens...The Ravens are now 1-2
against the NFC North on the season after previously losing to the Vikings and
Packers. Baltimore hosts Chicago next Sunday.
12/13 18:28:51 ET
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