"That stuff is always tough," Ross said. "You can't make the critical mistakes in pressure situations. We just tried to bounce back and move forward."
In front of a "Monday Night Football" audience, Arizona ran off 19 unanswered points at one point to put away the Ravens, whose losing streak extended to three games. The Ravens are now a franchise-worst 1-6 heading into Sunday's home game against the San Diego Chargers. The bye week then follows, and it can't come soon enough.
The Ravens also lost starting left guard Kelechi Osemele (knee), starting left tackle Eugene Monroe (shoulder), rookie wide receiver Darren Waller (leg) and rookie cornerback Tray Walker (concussion protocol) to injuries during the game.
Injuries remain a major concern, but the bigger picture reveals a team that can't get enough stops on defense and shows absolutely no consistency on offense. Sure, it was another one-possession loss. But the Ravens were badly outplayed in the second half by the Cardinals, who built on their four-point halftime lead with two chip-shot field goals by Chandler Catanzaro in the third quarter.
When Palmer hit John Brown for a 4-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, the Ravens seemed to be done. However, Catanzaro missed the extra point, leaving the score at 26-10.
With about 4 1/2 minutes remaining, the Cardinals still held a 16-point lead and were punting the ball away. However, Jackson broke through and blocked the punt, perhaps avenging his second-quarter mistake. Rookie running back Raheem Mostert recovered the ball at the Cardinals 1-yard line.
On the very next play, Flacco hit fullback Kyle Juszczyk for a 1-yard touchdown. He then found rookie tight end Nick Boyle on the 2-point conversion, making it a one-possession game. Suddenly, the Ravens had a little bit of life.
Coach John Harbaugh opted to kick the ball deep, and the Ravens defense finally forced a stop with just under two minutes to go. But a promising drive ended with Flacco's interception on a pass intended for tight end Crockett Gillmore in the end zone.