Harbaugh: "This is where we wanted to be"
It was a long trip to Baltimore for the Raiders in more ways than one. After traveling 3,000 miles to play, the Raiders turned in one miscue after another in a beatdown of historic proportions, as the Ravens set a scoring record in their 55-20 rout. To media covering the Raiders, the game was the latest sign of a 2012 season that is slipping away fast.
Here is how some Oakland media saw the game:
Steve Corkran, Contra Costa Times
"Eight days ago, the Raiders were within striking distance of the AFC West lead. Today, they are three games behind the pace-setting Denver Broncos and one more loss away from shifting their thoughts to 2013. ...
The Raiders outgained the Ravens, converted a higher percentage of third-down plays and controlled the ball for far longer than the Ravens. However, that’s why stats can be so misleading, too.
The Ravens outplayed the Raiders overall, especially on special teams and in making the big plays when it mattered most. In particular, the Ravens returned a kick for a touchdown, turned a fake field-goal attempt into a touchdown and recovered a muffed punt return by Phillip Adams that led to another Ravens touchdown.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco also got far more out of his 341 yards passing than Carson Palmer did out of his 368. ...
The Raiders committed 10 penalties for 105 yards and looked nothing like the team that showed good composure and discipline in that regard for most of the first eight games."
Paul Gutierrez, CSNbayarea.com
"It was as embarrassing a beating as it was thorough. ...
Oakland was never really in the game, though quarterback Carson Palmer did his best, throwing for 368 yards, on 29 of 45 passing, with two touchdowns and an interception. ...
Perhaps most galling for the Raiders was the fake field goal the Ravens ran for a touchdown with a huge lead. Or this: the Raiders actually outgained the Ravens, 422-419."
Gutierrez in a separate item about the Ravens' fake field goal:
"Tom Flores, the two-time Super Bowl-winning former coach of the Raiders, howled in protest.
'To me,' Flores said on the radio broadcast, 'that is uncalled for. UN-called for.'
He was referring to the Baltimore Ravens pulling off a fake field goal, when they were already up by a score of 41-17, and holder Sam Koch taking the direct snap and running to the left side of the line untouched for a seven-yard touchdown run.
Classless? Unnecessary? Bad sportsmanship? Rubbing it in?
Well, a play earlier, Joselio Hanson barked at Anquan Boldin after keeping him from pulling in a touchdown pass in the right corner of the end zone. Boldin responded by pointing to the scoreboard. And the Ravens responded by calling the fake and pouring it on."
Tim Kawakami, San Jose Mercury News
" You saw it coming. You felt it happening to the Raiders, noticed things slipping, warning signs everywhere.
Then: Absolute free fall. And you may never be able -- or want -- to look at the 2012 Raiders the same again.
With a gentle push from Baltimore, the Raiders defense went hurtling off the cliff on Sunday, and now lies in wreckage at the bottom of the NFL pit. ...
On Sunday, with all focus on covering up their problems in the run defense, the Raiders actually held Ravens tailback Ray Rice to only 35 yards on 13 carries. But that only opened up everything else -- Joe Flacco completed 21 of 33 passes for 341 yards and three TDs, and seemed to have his pick of receivers running free on every play.
The Raiders didn't get a pass rush, didn't cover the middle, committed dumb penalties, and let deep receivers break free. Other than that, no issues!"
Jerry McDonald, Oakland Tribune
"The Raiders went beyond mere defeat Sunday with a loss of historical proportions. ...
Considering the Ravens' last points came on a 105-yard kickoff return by Jacoby Jones with 12:34 left, it could have been worse had Baltimore not taken its foot off the gas and eventually replaced starting quarterback Joe Flacco with backup Tyrod Taylor."