Tale of the Tape on Joe Flacco's final interception vs. the Bills
Each week, blogger Matt Vensel breaks down a critical play, sometimes with the help of Ravens players and coaches, from that week's game. Today, he looks at Joe Flacco's fifth and final interception Sunday.
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On the left half of the field, Brown ran a deep post. Doss ran a curl route, turning around near the sticks. And Clark ran up the left hashmarks past Alonso, who passed him off to safety Da'Norris Searcy. But Brown and Clark didn't have time to complete their routes before Flacco had to get rid of the ball.
Searcy sensed this, ignored Brown and broke hard on Clark, who was running into his deep quarter. He arrived just as the ball got to Clark. The pass appeared to deflect off both players and into the air toward Alonso, who was running towards the play. The rookie laid out and got the pass before it hit the ground.
"Everyone was trying to make a play," Flacco said Sunday. "I was trying to have Dallas come across the safety space there and just stick one in there and get the chain moving. The other guy made a nice play."
An official review confirmed that Alonso did indeed make the interception. And after some tense kneeldowns from quarterback EJ Manuel, the Bills would run out the final seconds to beat the Ravens, 23-20.
Harbaugh gave credit to the Bills again on Monday while lamenting his offense's missed opportunities.
"Two of the plays were tipped balls where their guys made great catches," Harbaugh said, recapping Flacco's five interceptions. "Hey, if we catch the ball, it's a completion. We don't and they come in and make diving catches. Give them credit for making plays. Shame on us for not making the plays."