Harbaugh: 'We didn't play well at all' against Bills
For the Ravens, this was a very puzzling day, especially on defense. Sometimes they were very good. Other times they were very bad.
The problems on defense came during those bad times -- and there were just too many of them, a big reason the Bills escaped with a 23-20 victory over the Ravens on Sunday afternoon.
The Ravens held Buffalo to just three points in the second half and stopped the Bills in the fourth quarter enough times to give the offense a chance to try and rally. Buffalo took a 20-7 lead in the second quarter with two quick touchdowns, but the Ravens kept chipping back and had a chance to tie in the final two minutes before Joe Flacco threw his fifth interception of the day.
But the Ravens simply couldn't stop the Bills' running game enough to get them off the field. Buffalo ran for 203 yards, often making first downs that gave the team some longer possessions, especially in the first half. The Bills relied heavily upon the run, as 55 of their plays were on the ground.
"They ran the ball exceptionally well, especially in the first half," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said in his post-game press conference. "We allowed them to run the ball, especially between tackles in the first half."
The Bills had a huge edge in time of possession, almost 13 minutes, as they quietly made enough plays to keep the Ravens' offense off the field. It happened over and over again.
The Ravens made a number of good plays on defense. They forced three turnovers and stopped the Bills a number of times, especially in the second half where the Bills went rather conservative on offense. Terrell Suggs 917 tackles), Daryl Smith (12 tackles) made numerous plays all over the field. But the Ravens had enough problems that prevented the offense from getting out of that 13-point hole.
Despite all of the defensive problems, Harbaugh said he liked how hard the Ravens played all the way till the end.
"Our guys are going to fight till the end," Harbaugh said. "I felt like we were going to win the game at the end."