EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Ravens coach John Harbaugh knew that his move to replace offensive coordinator Marc Trestman with Marty Mornhinweg this past week wasn't going to fix all of the team's issues.
It wasn't going to improve the Ravens' pass rush or suddenly make the team play a more disciplined style of football. It wasn't going to get the plethora of injured starters back on the field any quicker, or help the Ravens' efforts to cover New York Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Beckham caught two long second-half touchdowns, the last one a 66-yard score on fourth down that provided the winning points in the Giants' 27-23 victory over the Ravens in front of an announced 78,487 at MetLife Stadium.
Beckham, benefiting from first-half injuries to Ravens cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Jerraud Powers, had eight catches for 222 yards and two touchdown passes.
Even after Beckham's score that came with 1:24 remaining, the Ravens had a chance for the go-ahead touchdown after the Giants were whistled for roughing the passer on fourth down. However, quarterback an ensuing pass by Joe Flacco with was knocked down in the end zone with no time on the clock.
Terrance West scored his second touchdown of the game from two yards out with 2:04 to play after a questionable pass interference on Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. However, the Giants needed four plays to get in the end zone. The game-winning play was delivered by Beckham who got past rookie Tavon Young and did the rest with his speed.
The Ravens took 13-10 lead with 2:22 left in the second quarter when Justin Tucker converted a 39-yard field goal attempt. The points were set up by Young's second interception.
On the very next play from scrimmage, Eli Manning found Beckham for a 75-yard touchdown and a 17-13 lead. Beckham beat reserve cornerback Will Davis, who was in the game with both Smith (concussion) and Powers (groin) out. Davis bit on the double move and Beckham sprinted into the end zone.
The Ravens answered immediately on their next play from scrimmage as Flacco hit Mike Wallace for a 70-yard gain. Janoris Jenkins' facemask penalty , which might have saved the touchdown, gave the Ravens the ball on the Giants' 3-yard line.
Terrance West gained two yards on first down. Flacco was stuffed on second down and then West was upended short of the end zone on third. On the first play of the fourth quarter and with his team trailing by four, Harbaugh opted to go for the touchdown, and West was stopped after fullback Kyle Juszczyk missed a block on an outside run.
Playing without three starting offensive linemen – left tackle Ronnie Stanley (foot) and right guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder) were both inactive and right tackle Rick Wagner (thigh) was available only on an emergency basis – the Ravens took the opening kickoff and went 70 yards on 10 plays with Justin Tucker kicking a 23-field goal.
The drive, the team's first with new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg calling the plays, featured a 41-yard connection from Flacco to Breshad Perriman connection on third-and-9. Flacco also hit fullback Kyle Juszczyk for 19 yards on third-and-5 before the Ravens settled for the field goal.
On the very next play from scrimmage, Ravens safety Eric Weddle stripped Beckham after a 5-yard catch. Inside linebacker Zachary Orr recovered, giving the Ravens the ball on the Giants' 30.
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It took six plays for the Ravens to punch it in, as West (Northwestern High, Towson University) leaped into the end zone from 1 yard out. The run, followed by Tucker's extra point, gave the Ravens a 10-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
With the Ravens defense playing well and the Giants struggling to move the ball, the visitors had several opportunities to expand on their lead. However, penalties again helped kill several drives, and the Ravens' patchwork offensive line, solid early, struggled to pick up Giants' blitzes.
New York's offense, which was booed throughout the first quarter, got its first first down about five minutes into the second quarter. The Giants got a standing ovation from the home fans when former Raven Bobby Rainey made a 7-yard catch on second-and-6. However, the booing returned when they had to punt on the drive.
When the Giants got the ball back, Manning finally engineered a scoring drive. A 10-yard completion to Victor Cruz on fourth-and-5 kept the drive alive. Three plays later, Manning hit Roger Lewis Jr. for a 24-yard touchdown.
The score remained 10-7 heading into halftime, but New York got the first possession of the second half and drove 72 yards on 15 plays. The Ravens held after New York had first-and-goal from the 3. Josh Brown's 21-yard field goal tied the game at 10.