Instant analysis: Ravens stage historic comeback

Joe Flacco settled down and the embattled offense made plays when needed

October 30, 2011

Edward Lee, reporter: The ravens will take this win, but there's a lot to work on -- a lethargic first-half showing by the offense, a porous offensive line and an unwelcome return of penalties.

Matt Vensel, Sports Blitz: Unlike on Monday night, the Ravens made all the right moves after halftime. They picked up the pace, busted out the no-huddle offense and made enough plays to pull it out at the buzzer. Cam Cameron's seat is still hot today, but at least he still has a seat to sit on.

Peter Schmuck, columnist: This one was two games for the price of one. The Ravens were beaten soundly in the first half and pulled out of a six-quarter tailspin to make an uplifting, record comeback. What more can you ask?

Kevin Cowherd, columnist: Good thing Ravens offense woke up in the second half and Anquan Boldin turned into Superman, or it would have been a long, ugly week at the Castle. Joe Flacco’s 36-yard strike to Torrey Smith setting up Billy Cundiff’s in the waning seconds was a thing of beauty – maybe Ravens fans will get off Flacco’s back for a few days.

Ron Fritz, head of sports: After getting staggered in the first half, the Ravens dominated the second half and go into Pittsburgh with some momentum on offense. Next Sunday's game should be a typical slugfest with the Steelers.

Kevin Van Valkenburg, reporter: A pretty superb comeback that will make everyone forget about the awful pass blocking in the first half. The Ravens' season wasn't hanging by a thread, but this may be exactly what they needed to jump-start the second half of the season. Cam Cameron, who has been under a lot of heat, finally realized that Joe Flacco just seems to see the field better when you put him in the shotgun and have him get the ball out quickly. The Ravens showed a lot of guts today. They still have a lot issues to tweak, but there is a lot to be proud of headed into a big match-up with Pittsburgh.

Chris Korman, Ravens editor: These Ravens were ostensibly built to run the ball, but in practice this group -- and especially Joe Flacco -- feels more in control when they set up the run with a pass-first mentality. Flacco settled down to have one of his best days, and the repeated shots down field paid off by keeping the Cardinals' defense tense, and, of course, with the deep fade to Torrey Smith on a gutsy call to set up the winning field goal. Cam Cameron burnished his reputation for responding well under pressure and may have a template for keeping Flacco from slipping into his occasional malaise -- by letting him direct the offense quickly and work primarily from the shotgun. 

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