Even though the Eagles turned the ball over four times, Baltimore could not come away with a victory Sunday in Philadelphia.
The Eagles gave the Ravens their first loss of the season, squeaking out a 24-23 win. Eagles quarterback Michael Vick scored a 1-yard touchdown with 1:55 left in the fourth quarter to give Philadelphia the go-ahead score.
Philadelphia (2-0, 0-0) tallied 486 yards of total offense, moving the ball with ease in most situations. Even with the turnovers, the Eagles were able to pull out the game. This is just the second time in Ravens history that’s it won the turnover battle by plus-2 and didn’t come away victorious.
Up 20-17, it appeared Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had put the game away with a deep touchdown to receiver Jacoby Jones in the right corner of the end zone. However, a replacement referee called an offensive pass interference penalty, throwing a blue bean bag on the field instead of a yellow flag. Two plays later, rookie Justin Tucker kicked a 48-yard field goal to give Baltimore a 23-17 lead with 4:43 left to play. Tucker also made field goals from 56 and 51 yards away. His 56-yarder tied a franchise record.
Following the field goal, Vick and the Eagles offense went to work. Vick first hit receiver DeSean Jackson on the left side of the field for a 14-yard gain. He then found tight end Brent Celek for a 24-yard gain. Three plays later, Vick found Celek again for 13 yards and another first round.
On a second-and-14 from the Baltimore 25, Vick found tight end Clay Harbor for a 19-yard gain. Ravens defensive end Arthur Jones hit Vick late which put the ball at the Ravens 3.
Three plays later, on third-and-1, Vick ran in the go-ahead score.
“They found a way to win the game and made the plays they needed to make,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters following the game.
Flacco finished the game 22-42 for 232 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Flacco was 14-17 in the first half, but had was off the mark throughout the final two quarters. Conversely, Vick finished 23-32 for 371 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.
Harbaugh said part of Flacco’s problems in the second half was that Philadelphia’s secondary beat the Ravens receivers at the line of scrimmage, jamming them from their routes. The Eagles also kept eight men in the box to take the run away.
Still, Ray Rice finished with 99 yards on 16 carries.
After the Eagles went up 24-23, Baltimore drove to its own 46 yard line. On third-and-1, the Ravens decided to throw the ball. Harbaugh said the coaches liked the play Flacco had, but that there was a fair argument to make for running it and taking a timeout. Harbaugh said his thinking was to save the timeout in case the offense picked up a huge chunk of yards and needed to stop the clock to get to the line. Flacco threw two incompletions to end the contest.
Up next for Baltimore (1-1, 1-0) is New England, which lost to Arizona 20-18 Sunday afternoon.