Offense puts together best outing of season, leads Ravens to key victory over Lions, 44-20

Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun on

Published in Football

BALTIMORE -- Safety Eric Weddle predicted last week that there would be a time when the struggling offense would need to score 30 or 35 points for the Ravens to win.

The Ravens didn't necessarily need that many Sunday, but during a second half in which the defense struggled to stop the Detroit Lions and their prolific quarterback Matthew Stafford, the much-maligned offense closed the deal.

Alex Collins had two fourth-quarter touchdown runs and the Ravens tied a franchise record with 24 fourth-quarter points in a 44-20 rout of the Lions in front of an announced 70,500 on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Ravens' third straight victory puts them at 7-5 and strengthens their hold on the AFC's second wild-card spot.

Weddle closed the scoring for the home team with a 45-yard touchdown return of an interception. It was one of three turnovers forced by the defense.

Otherwise, the offense played its best game of the season as quarterback Joe Flacco threw for two touchdown passes and completed 23 of 36 passes for 269 yards.


Collins rushed for 75 yards and two touchdowns and wide receiver Mike Wallace caught five passes for 116 yards.

The Lions got on the board on their first drive of the second half. Theo Riddick ran the ball into the end zone in from 4 yards out after Stafford had hit Marvin Jones, who out-dueled Marlon Humphrey on the play, for a gain of 42 to create the first-and-goal.

Later in the third quarter, Stafford led another scoring drive, which ended with Tion Green's 6-yard touchdown run. Matt Prater missed the extra-point attempt, keeping the Lions' deficit at 20-13.

But the Ravens answered and outscored the Lions 24-7 the rest of the way.


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