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A near-perfect first half for the Ravens

The Ravens starters on both sides of the ball nailed their dress rehearsal in the first half of tonight's game against the Giants, taking a 17-3 lead into halftime. The Ravens got off to a slow start in the first quarter, then poured it on with 14 points in the second.

The offense is going to dominate the halftime conversation on bar stools across Baltimore. Sluggish a week ago against the Redskins, the Ravens' first-team offense racked up 243 yards of total offense. Joe Flacco was 20-for-32 for 220 yards, two touchdowns and an interception -- giving him a 90.6 passer rating. Anquan Boldin had four catches, including his first touchdown grab in purple. And Todd Heap was a beast, making six catches for 69 yards and a touchdown.

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The defense was impressive, too, after Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs rolled over the Ravens early in the game. The Ravens surrendered 110 total yards -- 52 coming through the air -- and safety Haruki Nakamura picked off Eli Manning in the final minute of the half.

As always, some aspects could be better -- penalties, poor play from the offensive line and a couple of lapses in pass coverage come to mind -- but overall, we just saw a near-perfect half from the Ravens. Go ahead and the sit the starters in the second half, Harbs. Their work here is done.

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