Thursday, July 2, 2015

Harbaugh's Ravens handle Miami

Before today's 1 o'clock game against the Dolphins, John Harbaugh was asked in an ESPN interview who he looked to for advice this week before his first playoff game as the Ravens' head coach. Harbaugh, who of course spent 10 seasons in the Eagles' organization, said he would have asked Andy Reid, but Reid was a little busy this week. Well, it looks like the Ravens and Harbaugh did just fine without any advice. Baltimore beat Miami, 27-9, this afternoon to advance to the divisional round next weekend against the Titans. Ed Reed, who returned a Kevin Kolb interception 107 yards for a touchdown against the Eagles earlier this season, picked off Chad Pennington twice, taking one back 64 yards for a score. The Ravens' defense forced five Dolphins turnovers, including four Pennington interceptions. The Miami quarterback was intercepted just seven times in the regular season, and just once in his final five regular-season games. South Jersey product Joe Flacco went 9-for-23 for 135 yards. He found the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. But probably most importantly, he didn't turn the ball over. Baltimore travels to Tennessee to take on the Titans next weekend in the divisional round. The Chargers will face the Steelers in Pittsburgh in the other AFC matchup. Maybe this is good news for the Eagles? Going into the weekend, all four road teams were favored. Yesterday, both the Falcons and Colts found themselves on the losing end. Remember that you can join me for a live game chat starting, well, starting right now actually.

Harbaugh's Ravens handle Miami

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Before today's 1 o'clock game against the Dolphins, John Harbaugh was asked in an ESPN interview who he looked to for advice this week before his first playoff game as the Ravens' head coach.

Harbaugh, who of course spent 10 seasons in the Eagles' organization, said he would have asked Andy Reid, but Reid was a little busy this week.

Well, it looks like the Ravens and Harbaugh did just fine without any advice. Baltimore beat Miami, 27-9, this afternoon to advance to the divisional round next weekend against the Titans. Ed Reed, who returned a Kevin Kolb interception 107 yards for a touchdown against the Eagles earlier this season, picked off Chad Pennington twice, taking one back 64 yards for a score.

The Ravens' defense forced five Dolphins turnovers, including four Pennington interceptions. The Miami quarterback was intercepted just seven times in the regular season, and just once in his final five regular-season games.

South Jersey product Joe Flacco went 9-for-23 for 135 yards. He found the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. But probably most importantly, he didn't turn the ball over.

Baltimore travels to Tennessee to take on the Titans next weekend in the divisional round. The Chargers will face the Steelers in Pittsburgh in the other AFC matchup.

Maybe this is good news for the Eagles? Going into the weekend, all four road teams were favored. Yesterday, both the Falcons and Colts found themselves on the losing end.

Remember that you can join me for a live game chat starting, well, starting right now actually.

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