PITTSBURGH — Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones had broken free from coverage, gaining the necessary separation by streaking past Steelers cornerback William Gay.
However, quarterback Joe Flacco failed to deliver the football with the proper timing and was unable to connect with Jones in stride during the third quarter of the Ravens' 19-16 loss Sunday at Heinz Field.
When Flacco hung his pass too high in the air and underthrew Jones, the timing of the play dissolved and Gay recovered in time to break up the pass in the end zone. That prevented the Ravens from scoring a touchdown in a tight game.
"They brought Cover Zero, so I was just trying to get as much depth and just let one go as far as I could," Flacco said. "I knew I didn't throw it out there. I wanted to give him a chance. As the ball was kind of up there, I thought it was going to be up there in the air maybe a little bit too long.
"You could kind of just tell. I didn't want to launch one ou there and overthrow a guy who was wide open. In hindsight, I could have thrown it out there a couple extra yards."
Gay also disrupted a Flacco throw to Tandon Doss in the fourth quarter.
It was Gay who allowed a touchdown pass to wide receiver Torrey Smith two years ago in a dramatic Ravens win at Heinz Field.
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As for Flacco, he finished the game 24 of 34 for 215 yards, one touchdown pass and no interceptions for a 97.1 quarterback rating.
One of his best plays was a 41-yard completion to Smith in the third quarter that led to a field goal.
Running the no-huddle offense out of the shotgun formation in the fourth quarter, Flacco completed 9 of 10 passes during one drive capped by his touchdown pass to Clark.
Overall, though, the Ravens simply didn't have enough opportunities.
The Ravens only had seven possessions, which they used for three punts, three field goals and one touchdown.
"I don't think we necessarily struggled to get going," Flacco said ."We just struggled to put the ball in the end zone. We are playing against a good football team and our possessions were limited. You can't do that. You have to be more efficient. We just weren't efficient enough."