Ravens kicker Justin Tucker converts a 61-yard field goal to beat the Detroit Lions. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun /December 16, 2013)
Last week, the Ravens, who studied sleeping patterns in the offseason, altered their practice schedule and their routine before Sunday’s game. Despite those tweaks, Rice said Sunday that adjusting to West Coast time still “is the toughest thing for me to do as a professional.” He wasn't sure how much of a factor it was in the offense’s slow start, though.
The Ravens were shut out in the first half and gained just 90 yards on 32 plays. They were more productive after halftime, scoring 13 points in the second half and three more in overtime. They gained 353 yards after halftime, including 296 passing yards from Flacco.
Meanwhile, the defense started strong and got better after allowing 10 points in the second quarter.
Asked if the tweaks produced positive results, Harbaugh said, “I thought we were really, really wide awake at the end of the game. It seemed like it was good. Everybody seemed like on Sunday that we were pretty alert in the morning. … I thought our guys were ready to roll.”