October 6, 2013
Vernon was the one who broke through first. He faked to the outside and then beat left tackle Bryant McKinnie to the inside, a cardinal sin for offensive tackles. Right tackle Michael Oher also got beat on the play by left end Derrick Shelby, but it was Vernon who drilled Flacco in the left hip as he threw.
Flacco awkwardly fell to the turf, but he jumped right back to his feet to watch the end of the play.
Doss, who created a couple of steps of separation with a smooth stutter-step move that left Dolphins rookie cornerback Jamar Taylor flat-footed, was tracking the ball over his left shoulder, but made a nice adjustment to turn his body and make the running catch over his right shoulder at the 28-yard line. He turned his hips again to run down the right sideline for 15 more yards until Clemons forced him out.
The Ravens would settle for a field goal on the drive, but that was a big-time throw for Flacco, one of a handful of times he stared down the gun barrel, as ESPN's Ron Jaworski likes to say, and stepped into the throw even though he knew he was going to get drilled. Not every NFL quarterback is as courageous.
"We don't win that game without him, without his willingness to stand in there and make those throws," Harbaugh said of Flacco, who has yet to miss a snap due to an injury on his six seasons in the NFL.