– Pettis chipped in with a 5-yard catch to move the chains to Baltimore’s 45.
– A penalty, a muffed snap and a sack ended the Rams’ hopes and they had to punt it back with 11:22 to go.
– Baltimore takes over at its 22.
– Another pass to Rice was good for a long gain to the Rams’ 49.
– Three passes went incomplete and the Ravens had to punt again.
– The Rams were unable to get anything going and lost the ball with a turnover on downs.
– Baltimore appeared poised to score again starting deep in Rams territory but that possession was thwarted by a sack from Chris Long followed by a sack from Chamberlain, who forced a fumble Quintin Mikell recovered and returned to the Rams’ 22.
– Bradford hit Alexander for a gain of 15 yards.
– On first and 10 at the 37, Bradford was hit and fumbled. Haloti Ngata recovered it and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown. Baltimore leads 37-7 with 4:58 to play.
– That would do it for the scoring as the Ravens ran the ball and the clock to finish it out.
– Baltimore wins it 37-7.
– The Ravens improve to 2-1 on the year. The Rams fall to 0-3 and face a major must win next week at home against the Redskins.
– Using the screen game to Rice, the Ravens opened the second half by moving quickly into Rams’ territory to the 20.
– Flacco misfired three consecutive times though and the Ravens settled for Cundiff’s 38-yard field goal to make it 30-0 with 10:29 to go in the third quarter.
– The Rams pieced together their best drive of the day as Bradford hit Kendricks twice and then Hoomanawanui for 10 to Baltimore’s 19.
– A chop block by Jacob Bell pushed the Rams out of the red zone again, setting up first down and 25 at the Ravens’ 34.
– On the next play, Bradford made a big time throw after he was flushed from the pocket. Rolling to his right, Bradford threw deep for Gibson who came free in the right corner of the end zone. Gibson hauled it in, tapped his feet and broke the Ravens shutout.
– With 5:14 left in the third quarter, Baltimore leads 30-7.
– The Rams got their first stop of the day and Baltimore punted for the first time with about two minuted to go in the quarter.
– The offense continued to have a little rhythm as Bradford and Gibson continued to connect and Alexander made a grab to give it to the Rams at their 45.
– Bradford and Gibson just missed on a deep connection that might have been a touchdown as Gibson just couldn’t quite hang on at Baltimore’s 1.
– Flacco calmly delivered a third down strike to Dickson for 5 yards and a first down.
– He then took off for 9 more yards to set up third-and-1 at the Rams’ 45.
– Flacco misfired on third down but ran for 5 yards on fourth to keep the drive alive to the Rams’ 40.
– They moved to the Rams’ 32 and attempted a 51-yard field goal where Cundiff missed again.
– The Rams take over at their 41 in desperate need of some points.
– The run game got it going as Williams picked up a first down on third and 1 to Baltimore’s 48.
– Bradford and Gibson connected twice to move the chains for a first down at the Ravens 38.
– On fourth-and-3 at the 31, the Rams opted to go for it and a defensive pass interference call gave the Rams new life with a first down at Baltimore’s 25.
– A 9-yard run by Williams for another first down was essentially wiped out as Jason Smith was flagged for a very questionable penalty to push the Rams back 15 yards.
– Two plays later, Alexander couldn’t get off press coverage, stumbled off the line and Bradford was intercepted by LaDarius Webb at the 3.
– Another red zone trip with no points.
– The Ravens got a first down on an 11-yard strike to Smith to their 16.
– A 50-yard run by Rice combined with a 15-yard facemask penalty got the Ravens deep in Rams territory where they settled for a 21-yard field goal from Cundiff, who converted to make it 24-0 Ravens with 3:05 to go in the half.
– The Rams went three and out again.
– Offensively, they are having major protection issues and Bradford is struggling to get through his progressions quickly.
– Baltimore in total control takes over at its 38.
– Cundiff hits from 31 yards out. Ravens lead 27-0 at the half.
– The Rams received to start the game.
– After a touchback, the Rams started at the 20 and Sam Bradford took off for a gain of 16 yards and a first down.
– But that was all for that drive as an 8-yard loss by TE Lance Kendricks on second down forced the Rams to punt.
– Jackson did pick up 12 on a third down rush but was 6 yards short.
– The Ravens begin their first drive at their 22.
– Baltimore wasted no time scoring as Joe Flacco hit rookie WR Torrey Smith for 74 yards and a touchdown on the second play of the possession.
– Just like that, Baltimore leads 7-0 with 12:20 to go in the first quarter.
– The Rams started again at their 24 and went three and out.
– Baltimore takes over at the Rams 44.
– The Ravens got to the Rams 29 with a 15-yard completion from Flacco to Boldin. But the drive died there as a holding penalty and a 2-yard loss set up a 51-yard field goal attempt from Billy Cundiff.
– Cundiff left the quick wide right and the Rams get a new start at their 41.
– The Rams got a quick first down as Williams ripped off a run of 16 yards to Baltimore’s 43.
– That would be it though as the Rams got a 4-yard completion to Brandon Gibson and then had to punt it away.
– Jones’ punt hit in the end zone and the Ravens started from their 20.
– Baltimore moved into Rams territory with completions for gains of 10, 11 and 9 before Flacco went up top again for a 41-yard score to Smith.
– The Ravens take a 14-0 lead with 3:38 to go in the first quarter.
– Flacco is picking on Justin King, sucking the Rams in with play action and using Smith’s speed over the top. Rams must find a way to help over the top, probably at the expense of their run defense.
– The Rams started again from their 20 in need of a sustained drive. This could get away quickly if they don’t find a way to move the ball and get some points.
– So much for that. Rams go three and out as Pernell McPhee gets the sack on third down to force the Rams to punt.
– Baltimore starts again at its 45.
– Flacco hit Boldin for 9 and Ricky Williams broke off a 28-yard run.
– Flacco hit Smith again, this time from 18 yards out.
– The Ravens lead 21-0 with 1:48 to go in the first.
– Rams go three and out again. This quarter can’t end soon enough for the Rams.
– Baltimore starts again at its 34.
– A hands to the face penalty brought up a second and 20 but Rice ripped off a gain of 17.
– At the end of the first quarter, Baltimore leads 21-0 facing a third-and-3 at its 41.
– Greetings from the Edward Jones Dome where the Rams and Ravens are preparing for today’s showdown.
– Good news on the RB front as Steven Jackson is ACTIVE and will start as expected. Big to have 39 back in the lineup, especially down in the red zone.
– Cadillac Williams is also active.
– Inactives for the Rams: WR Greg Salas, WR Danny Amendola, S Jermale Hines, RB Quinn Porter, LB Jabara Williams and TE Stephen Spach.
– With Salas inactive, fellow rookie WR Austin Pettis is active. Don’t be surprised if Pettis handles punt return duties with Salas out.
– With Porter inactive, the Rams have the use of Williams, Jackson and Jerious Norwood. Norwood is most likely to handle kick return duties.
– One quick roster note for this game: The Rams will start Darian Stewart in place of Craig Dahl at safety.
– For the Ravens, some inactive notables that alter how they do things a bit.
– WR David Reed, CB Jimmy Smith, CB Domonique Foxworth, G Ben Grubbs, T Mark LeVoir, WR Lee Evans and LB Sergio Kindle are inactive.
– Andre Gurode starts for Grubbs inside.
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