Ravens Rally To Best Bucs On TNF

By Terrance Turner

Oct. 27, 2022

Thursday Night Football came to Tampa tonight. The Baltimore Ravens visited Raymond James Stadium tonight to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers entered this game on the verge of on a three game losing streak, having been blown out by the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. The Ravens were marginally better, sitting at 4 – 3. (They won their game on Sunday.)

So quarterback Lamar Jackson had the unenviable task of trying to lead his team to win on the road, against a Tampa team that won the Super Bowl last year, and whose quarterback Tom Brady (as bad as things have been for him this season) is arguably the greatest QB to play the game.

You can never count him out.

But somehow they were able to pull it off. Ravens QB Lamar Jackson threw for two touchdowns and 238 yards. Rookie tight end Isaiah Likely had the game of his life, catching for six passes for 77 yards and a touchdown.

First Half

The Buccaneers jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter. Running back Leonard Fournette rushed in for the touchdown.

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Bucs kicker Ryan Succop kicked a 30 yard field goal to extend the lead. Tampa Bay led by seven with 25 seconds left in the first quarter. It was an auspicious beginning. But the next four possessions ended in punts.

Neither team fared well on the opening drives of the second quarter. After both went three and out, the Ravens tried again. Lamar Jackson overcame a sack on one play to find tight end Mark Andrews. But just one play later, Andrews headed for the sideline, nursing a bad knee. He later went to the locker room.

Both offenses struggled. On either side of the two minute warning , both Brady and Jackson came under fire from aggressive defenses. Brady was sacked on two consecutive plays. The Ravens defense tackled him twice; the latter sack was the 555th of Brady’s career. Brady is now the most sacked quarterback in NFL history, per NBC.

The Ravens took over after the Bucs punted. They got as far as the red sone. On third down, Jackson threw a short pass to rookie WR Isaiah Likely for eight yards. That brought the Ravens to the nine yard line. The Ravens decided to go for it on fourth and 2. But Jackson’s pass to Demarcus Robinson was incomplete.

Baltimore’s next drive was even worse. After another Bucs punt, the Ravens tried to score before halftime. But their drive stalled at the TB 43 yard line. They opted for a 61 yard field goal by kicker Justin Tucker. But the Ravens defense blocked the kick. And the score stayed the same.

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2nd Half

Baltimore fared better in the second half. Lamar Jackson hit running back Kenyan Drake for a 5-yard touchdown pass on Baltimore’s first drive of the second half. That tied the game at ten. And then, with just twelve seconds left in the third quarter, Jackson fired a pass to rookie tight end Isaiah Likely, who caught it in the back of the end |one. Ravens are suddenly up 17-10.

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Now, Tampa Bay had to respond. And they did. Brady found Mike Evans for a HUGE 51-yard reception down the sideline! The Buccaneers were suddenly in the red zone and threatening to tie the game. But Brady and Evans were on two different pages in the red zone, and Brady was hit hard by defenders when he was forced to run on 3rd & 10. So they had to settle for another Succop field goal. He made it.

Baltimore followed up that drive by going 83 yards in nine plays. That drive culminated in a massive play. Ravens wide receiver Devin Duvernay ran free for a fifteen yard touchdown score. The Ravens led 24-13 with 6:55 remaining.

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Brady fired a pass incomplete to WR Scotty Miller. But the Ravens defense got flagged for pass interference. A huge pass-interference call moved Tampa 40 yards down the field and into the red zone. So the result was first and goal at the nine yard line. Two plays later, Brady threw a touchdown pass to tight end Chase Otton. But the referee threw a flag for offensive holding, which wiped out the touchdown. Brady’s frustration was palpable. But there was nothing he and the Bucs could do except settle for another field goal by Succop. He nailed it. The 26 yard field goal made it an eight point game.

But the Ravens responded with a field goal of their own. Tucker kicked a 30-yard field goal to make it a two possession game. They led by eleven. Consequently, the Buccaneers had to score twice to win the game. Julio Jones’ catch was later reviewed; officials took their time. Refs overturned the catch on review.

And there were more issues to come. On 2nd and four, Brady had nowhere to go and was sacked again. The Bucs had to take another timeout. Now on 3rd and 8, Otton caught a pass to make it a first down. Fournette rushed for another first down. Now another timeout. After the timeout, Brady fired to Mike Evans for first and goal. Later, Brady threw to Julio Jones, who lowered his shoulder and fought past the goal line. Touchdown.

The Bucs went for a two point conversion. Brady threw to Otton for the score. But the pass was incomplete. However, the refs threw a flag for holding on Patrick Queen. By rule, the two point conversion was replayed. But Rachaad White got stuffed on the two-point attempt. He went nowhere. And the onside kick failed, too. The ball was recovered …by Isaiah Likely. Game over.

Ravens Win/Postgame

The Ravens won, 27-22. And Tom Brady is now two games under .500 for the first time in his career. (The last time he lost three games in a row was 2002.) The Buccaneers suffered their third straight loss and are now 3-5. Meanwhile, the Ravens head into Week 9 leading the AFC North at 5-3.

The Ravens only have to play one game in the next 23 days. What will they work on in that time? “The little mistakes that we make out there, try not to make those in the long run,” Jackson said in a postgame interview.

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