Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/11/12
BALTIMORE -- Joe Flacco threw for 341 yards and accounted for four touchdowns - three passing, one rushing - as the Baltimore Ravens routed the Oakland Raiders 55-20 on Sunday. The Ravens set a team record for most points in a game, and did it with Flacco playing just three quarters before giving way to backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Torrey Smith had two touchdown receptions, tight end Dennis Pitta had one, running back Ray Rice added a touchdown on the ground and Jacoby Jones ran a kickoff back 105 yards for a score. Punter Sam Koch even got in on the act for the Ravens, running in a fake field goal for a seven-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. Baltimore improves to 7-2 on the season, while the Raiders drop to 3-6 with their second straight loss. Oakland now has allowed 97 points in its last two games. Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer threw for 368 yards and Denarius Moore had 90 receiving yards and a touchdown in a losing effort. The Ravens didn't punt once during a heavily offensive first half, which saw Flacco and Palmer put up 423 passing yards between them. Baltimore jumped out to a 10-0 first-quarter lead, thanks to a 48-yard field goal by Justin Tucker and a Flacco one-yard touchdown run, which was set up by a 40-yard reception by tight end Ed Dickson. A Sebastian Janikowski 32-yard field goal after a Michael Huff interception cut into the Ravens' lead, but Flacco responded by engineering an 80-yard touchdown drive, capped off by a five-yard touchdown hookup with Pitta. Flacco went 3-for-4 for 71 yards and the touchdown on the drive, and Tucker added another field goal on Baltimore's next possession, making it 20-3 midway through the second quarter. With under two minutes left in the first half, Palmer connected with Darrius Heyward-Bey on a 55-yard touchdown, cutting the Ravens' lead to 10. But Baltimore hit back with an 80-yard touchdown drive just before the half, with Rice scampering in from seven yards out to make it 27-10 at the break. The Ravens tacked on another score a little over a minute into the third quarter, when Flacco hit Smith for a 47-yard touchdown. Notes: Both Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson were inactive for the Raiders, leaving fullback Marcel Reece as Oakland's starting tailback. Reece rushed for 48 yards on 13 carries. ... Rice eclipsed 5,000 career rushing yards on a first-quarter run. The fifth-year back also topped 2,500 career receiving yards Sunday ... The NFL honored members of the military on Veterans Day, with coaches and sideline personnel wearing camouflage ribbons. ... Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who is likely out for the season with a torn triceps, was on the sideline, attending a game for the first time since suffering undergoing surgery Oct. 17.
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