Tale of the Tape on the 47-yard run by Ray Rice vs. the Bears
Each week, reporter and blogger Matt Vensel breaks down a critical play, sometimes with the help of Ravens players and coaches, from that week's game. Today, he breaks down Ravens running back Ray Rice's 47-yard run on his first carry of Sunday's 23-20 overtime loss to the Chicago Bears.
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Rice cut between Gradkowski and Shipley into a wide alley and was off to the races. He veered to the left sideline to avoid free safety Major Wright, who eventually dragged Rice down around the 10-yard line.
"Those guys really got the edge sealed," Rice said after the game. "I kind of made a joke with the guys on the sideline that I didn't know what to do with a hole that big. They got the job done. All of my success really attributes to the offensive line getting a hat on a hat. I did what I needed to do when it came to dealing with the safeties. I got my pads down lower. It's just something that we've been working on."
Four plays later, Rice ran into the end zone untouched for his first touchdown since early October.
Rice would rush for 131 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. It was the first time all season that he topped 100 yards and it was also the first game in which Rice averaged more than 3.5 yards per carry.
"With the weather, we knew we had to run the ball and we did a good job. We're heading in the right direction," Rice said. "I'd love to get the win, but it's just the way that things have been shaking lately. We are getting better. We've shown a lot of drastic improvement in the run game, and that's something we've been criticized for. For us to go out there and do what we did in the run game, that's a positive."