Ravens hold Giants to zero sacks, two quarterback hits
By By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun|
Dec 23, 2012 | 10:38 PM
Headlined by disruptive defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, the New York Giants' pass rushers have built a reputation of causing chaos in opponents' backfields.
They didn't live up to that advance billing Sunday, though, as they were stonewalled during the Ravens' 33-14 victory at M&T Bank Stadium.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco wasn't even sacked once and was only hit twice. He had plenty of time to locate his receivers, completing 25 of 36 passes for 309 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 114.2 quarterback rating.
Paul, who had 16 1/2 sacks last season and entered the game with 6 1/2 sacks, was contained as he had just one quarterback hit.
"I think we played really well as a unit," rookie offensive tackle Kelechi Osemele said. "It was great timing. We worked hard. We made our corrections during the week, and we performed."
Pro Bowl offensive guard Marshal Yanda returned to the starting lineup after missing one game with a sprained right ankle, and experienced no setbacks.
"It was good having Marshal back in there," Osemele said. "The communication was good. We didn't lose a step."
Running an efficient offense that set season-highs with 533 yards of total offense and 224 rushing yards, the Ravens converted 11 of 18 third downs.
"It was a collective effort from everybody protecting Joe, and a matter of Joe getting the ball out on time," Yanda said. "Converting third downs was huge. You're going to win football games doing that."