Defense makes final statement against NYG

Defense makes final statement against NYG
December 23, 2012, 9:30 pm
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Reed: "We still got a game left"

The Ravens turned in what's likely their best offensive performance of the season Sunday, but the defense fared just as well, and that's why the Giants had no chance.

The defense truly allowed the Giants no shot in Baltimore's 33-14 rout of the defending Super Bowl champions. New York couldn't throw, run or do much else, except for one first-half drive and another later in the game when everything was done, which is why the Ravens came away with a second straight AFC North title.  

"It was a great game," said cornerback Cary Williams. "We were really clicking on all cyliners, and everything seemed to be going right for us. This was a great time for us to go out and show our dominance again."

That performance by the defense is a big reason the Giants couldn't do much. The Ravens stopped New York's running and passing attacks and kept the Giants quiet almost the entire game. In the end, the Ravnes held a huge 533-186 edge in total yards as well as humungous advantages in first downs (25-11) and time of possession (39:21-20:39).

They also limited New York on third downs as the Giants converted only two of 10, which stopped them from getting many long drives.

"We did a great job on third down," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "That was a big thing. We stopped the run. This is a team that wants to run the ball and gets big plays. With the exception of one pass over the middle that they got, I believe, early in the third quarter, really that was it. So we stopped the run, and we stopped the big plays." 

The Ravens allowed just 119 yards passing (net) and 67 yards on the ground. They also sacked Eli Manning three times and hounded him throughout the game. They set the tone early with good stops on the first two New York drives, three-and-outs that opened the door to the Ravens jumping out to a quick 14-0 lead. The Ravens kept blitzing Manning, often from the corners, and showing him tough pass coverage that let Baltimore stay in command.

"It was all about execution at the end of the day, and who is going to execute better," safety Ed Reed said. "Our corners played a tremendous game today. We just have to build on it."

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