During the Ravens’ recent 15-game regular-season win streak at M&T Bank Stadium, boos from the fans were a rare occurrence. Even the 16-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 2 that snapped that run didn’t elicit that kind of negative response from the crowd.
But the team was the target of fans’ frustration during Sunday’s 34-17 loss to the Denver Broncos. The offense was lustily booed after cornerback Chris Harris intercepted quarterback Joe Flacco’s pass intended for wide receiver Anquan Boldin and returned it 98 yards to give Denver a 17-0 advantage, and the catcalls cascaded from the stands when the Ravens elected to take a knee in the final 15 seconds before halftime.
Many fans made their displeasure evident in the second half by leaving early and not sticking around for the Ravens’ 17 points in the second half. Flacco said the team is trying to do its best to make its fans proud.
“I think the crowd has been incredible ever since I’ve been here,” he said. “I assume [it was the same] before I got here. So yeah, you want to go out there and you want to give your best performance to these guys every week – home or away. And when you come out and get beat like this, it’s tough. It’s tough on you because you want to give them that performance. Obviously, it’s tough on those guys because they want to see us win. So they’re entitled to do it the way they see it, and we’re going to do our best from here on out to make sure that we can try to give you guys a good show and put wins on the board.”
The Ravens will get a chance to make their fans happy against the New York Giants next Sunday, which will be the regular-season home finale at M&T Bank Stadium. The team hasn’t lost its final game at home in the regular season since 2002 when the Cleveland Browns escaped with a 14-13 decision.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun