"Usually, you like to shut down one phase of the game," Boulware said. "But they ran and passed the ball effectively. That really kept us off balance."
Running back Jamal Lewis was held to 47 yards and averaged 2.8 yards a carry, breaking no run over 8 yards. Without a running threat, the Ravens had little chance to beat a talented Dolphins secondary that is geared for a team to throw every down.
"We got physically whupped," Lewis said.
The Ravens' passing attack followed suit as quarterback Jeff Blake was sacked seven times and connected on just half of his throws and his receivers Travis Taylor and Ron Johnson combined to drop at least six passes.
With the Ravens trailing 17-7 in the third quarter, Blake had a miscommunication with running back Chester Taylor and was picked off at midfield by Dolphins cornerback Patrick Surtain. Miami converted Blake's fifth interception into a 49-yard field goal by Olindo Mare.
On the next series, the Ravens called a flea-flicker and the ball hit off Johnson's chest inside the 20-yard line. Those types of mistakes contributed to the Ravens converting 15 percent of their third downs (2 of 13).
"We got stopped today," said Blake, who was 14-for-28 passing for 127 yards, one touchdown and one interception. "This is the first time since I've been playing that we actually got stopped. We couldn't move the ball."
Now, the Ravens have to show that their wilting in South Florida was an aberration, not the start of a young team breaking down. On Sunday, the Ravens will play host to the Tennessee Titans, the AFC's hottest team and winners of five in a row.
"The Titans are on a roll, and we have to be ready to play," Blake said. "We got a lot to prove next week when we play the Titans."