Baltimore Sun reporters, columnists and editors share their immediate reaction to the Ravens' game against the Miami Dolphins in Week 14 at Sun Life Stadium.
Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: If the Ravens make the postseason, and they are now in solid position to do just that, I'm sure we'll be talking about this game. We'll be talking about that 97-yard, second-quarter scoring drive, engineered flawlessly by Joe Flacco. We'll be talking about John Harbaugh's bold decision to go for it on fourth-and-1 deep in their own territory early in the second quarter. And we'll be talking about Elvis Dumervil taking over a game and setting the Ravens' all-time record for sacks in a season in the process. The Ravens really showed their mettle Sunday, especially after falling behind, 10-0. They again responded to adversity, a real credit to Harbaugh. They can afford no missteps now, but this was a win that they badly needed.
Mike Preston, columnist: The Ravens saved their season in grand style in Miami. The win came against a quality team in the NFL. Finally. Coach John Harbaugh continues to do well when his team is faced with adversity.
Aaron Wilson, reporter: Behind a pair of touchdown passes by Joe Flacco and his quarterback sneak for a touchdown and a running game that managed to rush for 183 yards and 31 carries, the Ravens improved to 8-5 and provided a boost to their AFC playoff outlook. Flacco got Steve Smith involved early, and he caught seven passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. The defense, playing without Haloti Ngata for the first time because of a four-game suspension, was led by outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil. This win sets the Ravens up well for the final stretch of the regular season, with remaining games against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns.
Peter Schmuck, columnist: For much of the first half, the Ravens appeared to be mailing this one in, but the momentum shifted with a last-minute touchdown and the Ravens defense found its legs in the second half. Elvis Dumervil almost single-handedly wrecked the Dolphins offense, and Joe Flacco recovered from an early interception in the red zone to run a terrifically balanced offense when it counted most.
Jon Meoli, reporter: The Ravens kept themselves in the playoff hunt with a deserved win over Miami, and the win muddled the AFC playoff picture -- in a good way. Joe Flacco put the offense on his back and found open receivers all over the previously-stingy Miami defense. And, in the absence of Haloti Ngata, Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs were monsters on the outside. For the final three quarters, nearly every button John Harbaugh and his staff pushed ended up working. Because of that, the playoff push is alive.
Childs Walker, reporter: This was easily the Ravens' biggest win of the season. The Ravens looked like they had nothing left as a team for most of the first half. They piled up penalties, couldn't move the ball and appeared helpless to stop Ryan Tannehill's short passes. But between several confident drives from Joe Flacco, a gutsy fourth-down call from John Harbaugh and a killer pass rush, the battered Ravens rediscovered themselves just as the light appeared ready to wink out on their 2014 playoff chances. With this come-from-behind road win against a fellow contender, the Ravens put themselves back in the heart of both the AFC North and wild-card races. Unbelievable.
Ron Fritz, sports editor: After sleep-walking through most of the first half, the Ravens woke up in a big way to come away with their biggest win of the season. Without Haloti Ngata and most of their cornerbacks, Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs led the way, teaming up for five sacks and taking the will to win away from the Dolphins. The Ravens overcame one of Joe Flacco's worst interceptions in his career, to get the offense untracked and rolling.