Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/23/13
When they got the ball on their first possession and needed just nine plays to go 69 yards to get into the end zone all appeared right in the Ravens' world. Joe Flacco completed all five of his passing attempts Ray Rice needed just three carries to eclipse his total rushing yards for the preseason and the offensive line had its way with the Carolina Panthers. But memories of the first successful extended drive of the preseason for the first-team offense quickly washed away amid a flurry of mistakes questionable decisions by Flacco and poor offensive line play. Things got so bad at one point in the first half that Flacco a little more than six months since being named the Super Bowl XLVII Most Valuable Player heard a smattering of boos by the announced 70554 as he walked off the field following his second interception. The Ravens trailed by 17 points at halftime and never recovered falling 34-27 to the Panthers to drop to 2-1 on the preseason. The Panthers scored all four of their touchdowns on returns: two on interceptions one on a fumble recovery and one on a punt. “We obviously turned the ball over and you lose more games than you win this league when you do that” Flacco said. “With what we did tonight we're not going to win a lot of football games doing that. At the same time it was just a lot of miscommunication and I felt like we did a lot of really good things too.” Flacco did salvage something from the night leading the offense to points on both second-half drives that he led. That included a 24-yard touchdown pass to Marlon Brown the undrafted rookie out of Georgia who has emerged as a prime candidate to not only make the team but to occupy a significant role. For the game Flacco finished 18-of-24 for 169 yards one touchdown and two interceptions while playing deep into the third quarter. Assuming that he doesn't play in next Thursday's preseason finale in St. Louis — and that's usually what coach John Harbaugh chooses to do — Flacco will finish the preseason 32-of-42 for 344 yards two touchdowns and four interceptions.
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