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Ravens missing their pass rush in recent games

The Ravens' pass rush has been silenced, failing to record a sack and only hitting the quarterback five times during the past two games.

Since sacking New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith three times on Nov. 24, the pass rush has slowed down.


"I don't think it's a product of what people are doing differently," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "They're getting the ball out pretty quick. There haven't been a lot of downfield route type things. We had some maximum protection [Sunday], two backs. They were mostly throwing fades or they threw seams over the middle. Those balls come out pretty quick. Field conditions were a factor."

Against the odds


Following a wild finish that included six lead changes in the fourth quarter for an NFL record, the Ravens conducted a study that confirmed just how improbable the final minutes were.

Thirty-six points were scored during the last 2:05 for the most combined points at the close of a fourth quarter in an NFL game over the past 50 years, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Five touchdowns were scored during that span, including rookie wide receiver Marlon Brown's game-winning touchdown catch with four seconds remaining.

"Our stats guy here did a study on the win probabilities after each of those plays, and it was like 90 percent toward 100 percent after each score for the team that just scored," Harbaugh said. "The chances of that happening are astronomical. To describe the emotions, I don't have the words for it. It was probably written all over my face. I've seen a couple things on TV, and it's like, 'Wow, that's what I look like?'"

Harbaugh: Clark staying

Despite veteran tight end Dallas Clark's being a healthy scratch Sunday with the return of Dennis Pitta, Harbaugh said that doesn't necessarily mean that he won't be a part of the offense for the rest of the season.

Clark has caught 31 passes for 343 yards and three touchdowns this season.

"He wasn't active this last game, but Dallas has done a lot of great things for us," Harbaugh said. "Absolutely, Dallas is going to be a big part of what we're doing going forward. It just depends on the game plan and how the offensive coaches decide to put that together."

D. Smith sets record

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Ravens middle linebacker Daryl Smith broke Ray Lewis' franchise record for most pass deflections by a linebacker in a season.

Smith has 17 pass deflections, four more than Lewis' total during the 2003 season. Smith ranks second on the defense in pass deflections with two fewer than cornerback Lardarius Webb.

"He's got a really good knack in coverage in terms of anticipating routes," Harbaugh said. "He understands spacing, splits, route stems and has a pretty good feel for what's going to be run, so he anticipates those things and breaks really well. He's done a great job. He's a smart player."

End zone

The Vikings took issue with several calls Sunday, including running back Toby Gerhart's lost fumble that wasn't overturned. Frazier said NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino called him Monday to discuss calls, including pass-interference penalties against the Vikings. "The fact that they called should give you an indication of how they felt about things on that day," Frazier said. "That was encouraging that they wanted to talk about that game." … With the Ravens trailing 12-7 in the fourth quarter with 10:42 remaining, Vonta Leach got stuffed for no gain during a fullback dive on fourth-and-1 at the Vikings' 21-yard line as the Ravens created no push inside. "They have a great front and they did a great job of getting off the ball there, but that's no excuse," center Gino Gradkowski said. "On 4th-and-1, that's a huge critical point in the game for us upfront. We need to get that done." … Cut by the Ravens on Saturday, running back Bernard Scott went unclaimed off waivers.