Posted September 18, 2013 on AP on Fox
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco lived up to his nickname during one unforgettable game day. At 5:30 in the morning last Sunday, Flacco got a phone call from his wife, Dana. She was going into labor, poised to deliver the couple's second child. Dana was in New Jersey and Flacco n Baltimore, less than eight hours from taking the field against the Cleveland Browns. ''You obviously don't know how you're going to react when you get that call,'' Flacco recalled Wednesday. ''It's always a game-changer.'' Even for a guy known as Joe Cool. Dana gave birth to a boy around 11:30, 90 minutes before the start of the game. ''The fact that it happened before the kickoff was settling for my mind. I was able to relax a little bit,'' Flacco said. ''I'm usually pretty reserved before the game, and I was walking around the locker room way more fidgety than I normally am. So it was definitely soothing to know she had the baby. It was a lot easier to deal with.'' Following the national anthem, Flacco was all business. Baltimore was held scoreless in the first half, but Flacco directed two touchdown drives over the final 30 minutes to help the Ravens pull out a 14-6 victory. In the huddle, Flacco was able to hide the emotions of only hours removed from welcoming a new child into the world. ''On the field you couldn't tell,'' center Gino Gradkowski said. ''Definitely, in the locker room before the game you could tell he was excited. All smiles. We were all happy for him. But during the game, he was same old Joe.'' The only real difference in his schedule was that Flacco skipped the postgame interviews so he could get on the road to join with his wife and newborn child. ''It was a pretty cool day, a pretty special day,'' Flacco said. ''It definitely helps that we won, but it probably wouldn't have been that bad of a loss knowing that I was going to be able to go back to that. Still couldn't believe it, really. Just wanted to get back there, see if she was doing OK and he was doing all right. Everything was good.'' Flacco was so calm under pressure that morning that he considered playing a joke on coach John Harbaugh, telling him he was going to leave before the game to be with his wife. The quarterback decided against it. ''I'm so glad he didn't do it,'' said Harbaugh, who had plenty on his mind that day with the Ravens coming off a 49-27 loss at Denver. Flacco and the Ravens struggled for a half, but after intermission Baltimore went 7 for 8 on third-down conversions in an important AFC North win. That certainly made the drive back to New Jersey easier to take. ''It definitely helps that we won,'' Flacco said, ''but it probably wouldn't have been that bad of a loss knowing that I was going to be able to go back to that.'' Everything fell into place perfectly. ''I wouldn't have it any other way. It was a really special day the way it worked out,'' Flacco said. ''Obviously all of us have landmark days in our lives, and for Joe, that was one of them,'' Harbaugh said. ''I'm sure he'll remember it for the rest of his life. To be able to play the way he did, especially in the second half with the third-down conversions and that kind of thing to get us the win, and then to bring his wife and newborn son home from the hospital the next day is pretty neat.'' Now that he's gotten that out of the way, Flacco is preparing for a matchup Sunday against the unbeaten Houston Texans, who beat Baltimore 43-13 last year. In that game, Flacco was sacked four times and threw two interceptions. ''They got ahead early, they batted some passes,'' Flacco said. ''They got a couple turnovers and were able to get after me a little bit. We just didn't have a good day. It's definitely frustrating when you don't have a good day.'' The Texans (2-0) come into the rematch as a slight favorite on the road, which doesn't happen in Baltimore (1-1). There was no update Wednesday on the status of Ravens running back Ray Rice, who strained his left hip flexor on Sunday. Rice did not practice Wednesday. --- AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Baltimore Ravens: Week 2 recap

Without a doubt, Baltimore Ravens fans had to be thinking “Not again!” after the first half of the home opener. The Ravens took on the Cleveland Browns on Sunday afternoon, hoping to increase the team’s win number against their division rival to 11 consecutive wins. But as the team made their way to the locker room at halftime, it looked as though the Ravens were headed down...

Baltimore Ravens: Keys to shutting down the Texans

The Baltimore Ravens are set to take the field at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday against the Houston Texans. After a astonishing 43-13 loss to the Texans last season, the Ravens are looking to redeem themselves. But it won’t be easy. Here are five keys to the game that the Ravens must focus on in order to take down the undefeated Texans. 1. Strong run game Bernard Pierce (Karl...

Ravens’ Ray Rice day-to-day with strained left hip flexor

Baltimore Ravens running back, Ray Rice, suffered a strained left hip flexor Sunday during the fourth quarter of the Ravens’ victory over the Cleveland Browns.  As Dan Hanzus of NFL.com tells us, the Ravens are extremely optimistic about his possible return. Rice is a big part of the Ravens’ offense and losing him for any length of time would put the black birds’ offense...

Ray Rice not practicing

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice didn’t practice today after suffering a hip injury this past Sunday. Not practicing: Ray Rice, Ryan Jensen, Jacoby Jones, Arthur Brown, Chykie Brown, Chris Canty — Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) September 18, 2013 Bernard Pierce will get the start this week if Rice can’t go.   Need NFL Tickets? Loading... ZergNet The post...

Baltimore Ravens: Lewis to be inducted into Ring of Honor

Ray Lewis after winning Super Bowl XLVII (Matt Slocum/AP Photo) Ray Lewis, one of the NFL’s greatest linebackers of all time, will return to M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday to be inducted into the Baltimore Ravens Ring of Honor. The award is given to former Ravens players that, according to the Ravens organization, display character, gratitude, a vision, faith, courage, competitive...

Baltimore Ravens: 2013 Week 3 NFL Power Rankings (#10)

Last week: 11 The AFC North remains clear as mud after 2 weeks. Cincinnati and Baltimore are the only two teams that have won games and between them I’d still pick my pre-season pick of Baltimore because of Cincinnati’s recent inability to beat playoff caliber opponents. They don’t seem to be much of a Super Bowl contender, however, in a conference mostly devoid of them. Week...

Ravens' Ray Rice misses practice

During Monday's press conference, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said that he expected running back Ray Rice to take Wednesday's practice session off as he recovers from the hip injury that caused him to exit Sunday's contest against the Cleveland Browns. That proved to be true, as Rice was one of several Ravens' players to miss practice yesterday.RB...

Ray Rice Not Practicing Wednesday

Baltimore running back Ray Rice, who is dealing with a strained hip flexor, missed Wednesday's practice.Fantasy Spin:The Ravens are lucky the injury wasn't more serious, but Rice's health is still a big question mark. Bernard Pierce will start if Rice can't and even if Rice plays will likely get a bigger share of the rushing attempts.

Ray Lewis: Something's 'really wrong' if Reed is inactive vs. Ravens

If Texans' safety Ed Reed doesn't play against his former team, the Baltimore Ravens, on Sunday, his injury is more serious than anyone thought. At least that's the theory retired Raven Ray Lewis is telling the media according to the Houston Chronicle. "I would be (surprised)," Lewis said. "I would be, because then that would tell me that his injury...

Ravens' Arthur Jones gets sack in first game back from illness

Arthur Jones wanted to celebrate after sacking Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden on Sunday. Jones dropped Weeden for a 9-yard loss in the third quarter and it was particularly satisfying for the Ravens defensive lineman considering his medical ordeal in the weeks leading up to the game. Jones had been sidelined with an irregular heartbeat a non-football illness that cleared...

Ravens brace for Reed's return with Texans

On a day when the Ravens induct linebacker Ray Lewis into their Ring of Honor, another former member of the team's esteemed defense makes his return to Baltimore. The circumstances will be vastly different. Lewis retired in February after leading the Ravens (1-1) to their second Super Bowl victory. He will be hailed Sunday for a sensational 17-year career and for spending all...

Ray Rice Not Practicing Thursday

Baltimore running back Ray Rice (hip) didn't practice Thursday, according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun.Fantasy Spin:He's a likely game-time decision. Bernard Pierce will be a legitimate RB1 if Rice misses the game, and if Rice plays fantasy owners can start both as flex plays.

Colin Kapernick vs Joe Flacco McDonald’s Spots (Video)

Michael Jordan and Larry Bird’s “The Showdown” ad in 1993 was a friendly competition. Now we get Ravens Superbowl QB Joe Flacco and 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick playing their own version of horse. Getting to the Superbowl clearly pays. To SEE All the Spots below: See more spots—> Colin Kaepernick Shaves Eyebrow After Week 2 loss Joe Flacco Is a Real Raven

Stop Harassing NFL Players About Fantasy Football – Oh, And Win $1,000,000 Playing It With Draftstreet

 (via Getty Image)In addition to possibly spitting on Phil Taylor, Ray Rice’s outing against the Browns on Sunday was marked by a hip flexor injury that knocked him out of the game with 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter. The early exit, coupled with a subpar statistical performance to that point (45 total yards and a lost fumble), meant Rice delivered far fewer points than...
NFL Forum Discussions
2014 Worst Offseason EVER
32 replies, 3 days ago
He is super producer?
1 replies, 4 days ago
DeSean meeting Coach Kelly
1 replies, 4 days ago
Hello Sanchez! Good bye DeSean!?
1 replies, 4 days ago
Minako Kotobuki Second Live Tour!!
3 replies, 4 days ago
DJ in DC
1 replies, 4 days ago
Allen stay Eagles
3 replies, 4 days ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.