Ravens offense suddenly red hot in red zone

Ravens offense suddenly red hot in red zone
January 23, 2013, 12:30 pm
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B-Mitch talks Super Bowl with John Harbaugh

The first time the Ravens ventured into the red zone during the playoffs, Ray Rice uncharacteristically lost a fumble.

Then they stalled at the 5-yard line and settled for a field goal.

Ever since that wild-card playoff game vs. the Indianapolis Colts, a 24-9 victory,  the Ravens have been flawless behind the precision of quarterback Joe Flacco.

In eight trips inside the opponents’ 20, they've punched in touchdowns eight times, running the ball successfully three times on runs of 2 yards and 1 by Rice and 2 yards from fullback Vonta Leach.

Flacco has completed red zone TD passes of 20, 18, 5, 3 and 11 yards. The 20-yarder to Dennis Pitta occurred after the Ravens were pushed back from the 15 because of a penalty so it still registers as a red zone TD. 

After looking shaky on the road at times, the offense saved its best for away games in the playoffs. The Ravens went 1-for-1 at the Denver Broncos and 4-for-4 at the New England Patriots in the AFC championship last week. That's scoring touchdowns 8 out of 10 times for the playoffs compared with 11-for-20 in eight regular-season games away from home. 

"I always believed confidence usually follows success. You can be fake confident. If you haven’t really done anything, you can kind of walk around with a false bravado," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "Our guys ... (they're) hungry. Humble and hungry -- that’s something we hear around here a lot. But, to have success, especially in the last couple of weeks the way we have, is definitely going to generate some confidence."