Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Andrew’s Week 12 NFL Breakdown and Analysis
November 24, 2014
Capping off the NFL’s Week 12 festivities on “Monday Night Football” we had an interesting matchup between the Ravens and the Saints. Baltimore was coming off a bye in Week 11, while New Orleans lost to the Bengals by 17 in their previous outing. In the end, the Saints weren't able to stop their skid and ended up dropping another one, while the Ravens gained some ground in their own division with a strong performance here.
Let’s take a closer look at the key players and statistics from this game so that we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll check out what’s in store for both teams in Week 13 as we look ahead.
What Happened: There was a lot of action in this one, and overall it was a pretty entertaining game. The scoring started on a 15-yard TD pass from Joe Flacco to Steve Smith, but the Saints were able to respond on a 10-yard pass from Drew Brees to Jimmy Graham to knot it up at seven after one.
In the second, Justin Forsett got his big night going, posting his first TD from 13 yards out. The Saints would respond, however, with a 20-yard field goal from Shayne Graham and a 26-yard TD pass from Brees to Marques Colston. It was 17-14 Saints at the half.
After the break, Justin Tucker booted a 31-yard field goal to tie it up, then Will Hill got the defense in on the action with a 44-yard interception return TD to take the lead.
Tucker nailed a 55-yarder early in the fourth to put the Ravens up 10, but the Saints began a comeback on a 34-yard field goal of their own.
Late in the quarter, Forsett put the game away with a 20-yard run to make it 34-20. Graham would score once more late to get within seven, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Ravens emerged victorious 34-27.
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The Stars: This was definitely Forsett’s night; the rest of the offense didn’t have to do much. He carried 22 times for 182 yards and two touchdowns, and also added eight more yards on two receptions. Torrey Smith led the way in receiving yards with 98 on five grabs.
On the other side, Brees passed for 420 yards and three touchdowns, but also had that costly interception that ended up being the difference in the game. Kenny Stills had the high receiving mark for New Orleans with eight grabs for 98 yards.
The Goats: The Saints aren’t known for having much of a running game, but they couldn’t get anything going at all here. If you take out Joseph Morgan’s one carry for 67 yards, the team had just 59 rush yards together, including lead back Mark Ingram’s 27 on 11 carries. On the flip side, their inability to stop the Ravens’ rushing attack is pretty evident.
Also, even though Flacco only dropped back 24 times, the team couldn’t get any pressure on him. They came away with just one sack.
Injuries: Both teams were able to emerge from this one pretty clean, but Saints nose tackle Brodrick Bunley had to come out early in the game due to an injury to his right leg.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 13, both teams will be back in action on Sunday, November 30 at 1:00 PM ET. The Ravens will host the incoming Chargers (CBS), while the Saints will hit the road to visit the Steelers (FOX).
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