PHILADELPHIA - Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco immediately threw his hands to the air in frustration following the Ravens' failed fourth down attempt late in the fourth quarter, leaving them there for a few moments while staring in the direction of the play almost in relative disbelief.
The reaction wasn't as much for anything that transpired on that particular play as much as it was a culmination of a mistake-filled day for Flacco and the Ravens' offense amid Baltimore's 24-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field.
Just six days earlier, Flacco and Baltimore's offense could seemingly do no wrong.
Sunday was a different story.
Matched up against one of the NFL's top defenses, Flacco and the offense struggled for most of the second half as the Ravens allowed a 17-7 halftime lead to slip away in suffering their first loss of the season.
"I just think they did a good job all day of just coming up there and putting enough guys in the box and putting pressure on our receivers," Flacco said. "They've got two good corners that it's tough to consistently do a lot of damage on those guys. And they've got a good pass rush up front, so we had to get the ball out of our hands quickly."
Less than a week after his standout performance against the Cincinnati Bengals, Flacco was just 22-of-42 for 232 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He was 8-of-25 with an interception during the second half.
Baltimore held a 10-point advantage at halftime, but had an interception and three three-and-outs on its first four possessions of the second half just as Michael Vick and the Eagles' offense were beginning to have prolonged success against the Ravens' defense.
Vick led three second half scoring drives, including one in the final minutes that he capped with a 1-yard scoring run to give Philadelphia a 24-23 advantage with 1:55 left in the fourth quarter.
Baltimore had a chance to counter with a go-ahead scoring drive of its own, but sputtered after moving the ball near midfield.
Flacco completed a 9-yard pass to tight end Dennis Pitta to advance the ball to the Ravens' 46-yard line, but he followed with incomplete passes on both third-and-1 and fourth-and-1 to turn the ball over on downs.
The Eagles ran out the clock from there.
Philadelphia outgained Baltimore 264-146 during the second half.
"Obviously we gave up more than we scored," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "That's not what we want to do. We want to give up less we scored. That's the idea. That's team football. That's how we look at it, all three phases. ... So I'm disappointed in all three phases because we weren't able to find a way to win in that sense."
Vick finished 23-of-32 for 371 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
He added 34 yards and a score on the ground.
Tight end Brent Celek was Vick's top target, consistently exploiting Baltimore when it went to zone coverage. He hauled in eight catches for 157 yards, averaging nearly 20 yards per catch.
Wide receiver Desean Jackson added seven catches for 114 yards, taking advantage of cornerbacks Cary Williams and Jimmy Smith when the Ravens decided to go to man-coverage.
Philadelphia produced nine plays of 19 yards or more through the air.
"They just caught us," Baltimore cornerback Cary Williams said. "They were the better team today and were able to finish. We just didn't get it done."
Trailing 23-17 with 4:43 left in the fourth quarter, Vick guided the Eagles on a 10-play, 80-yard drive that he finished with his 1-yard touchdown run.
"They did a great job driving the ball down on us and staying alive," Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said. "Vick was able to make some plays on his feet and with his arm. We just have to do a better job to tighten it up, and we must learn from this and move on with the rest of the season."
Philadelphia actually had some success moving the ball in the first half as well, but came away with just seven points as a result of three first half turnovers, all of which came inside the Ravens' 20-yard line.
Vick marched the Eagles down the field on their first possession of the game, advancing the ball to Baltimore's 13-yard line before he tried to force a pass in the end zone to tight end Clay Harbor and was intercepted by Ravens safety Bernard Pollard.
Flacco fumbled two plays later to give Philadelphia the back at Baltimore's 20-yard line and the Eagles took advantage with a 2-yard scoring run by running back LeSean McCoy.
McCoy had the touchdown, but was limited to only 81 yards on 25 carries as Ravens outside linebackers Albert McClellan and Courtney Upshaw did a good job preventing McCoy from breaking any big runs to the outside.
McClellan and Upshaw both recorded six tackles.
"We knew that we had to stay in our lanes and play the run because the Eagles run the ball really well," Baltimore nose tackle Terrence Cody said. "All and all, I think we did a nice job. We also know that McCoy likes to run and bounce out, and we did what we could to contain him. We had a big challenge because with Vick he can also run the ball and make great plays. We got it done [as a run defense], but in the end we just did not finish as a team."
The Ravens answered Philadelphia's opening score with a touchdown run of its own as fullback Vonta Leach bulled in from five yards out on Baltimore's ensuing possession.
Ravens running back Ray Rice broke off a 43-yard run two drives later to set up Flacco's 21-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jacoby Jones five minutes into the second quarter.
Rookie kicker Justin Tucker extended Baltimore's lead to 17-7 with a team-record tying 56-yard field goal with one second left in the first half.
The field goal was one of three for Tucker, who was 3-of-3 on the afternoon. All three of his makes were from 48 yards or beyond, including his 51-yard kick early in the fourth quarter after the Eagles had tied the score at 17.
He added a 48-yard field goal on the Ravens' next possession, but Vick followed by leading Philadelphia down the field for the go-ahead score in the final minutes.