5 things to know after Ravens beat Lions 18-16

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 17, 2013 at 2:17 am •  Published: December 17, 2013
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Matthew Stafford threw three interceptions Monday, although in fairness, he was also victimized by some dropped passes. Even star receiver Calvin Johnson dropped two big passes in the first half on his way to a pedestrian day by his standards: six catches for 98 yards.

"I didn't play my best game by any means," Stafford said. "We're capable of playing much better than we did on offense. I thought our defense did a good job of holding them to field goals."

CRUCIAL PENALTIES: Two of Tucker's second-quarter field goals were set up by Detroit penalties. The biggest was a personal foul on safety Louis Delmas that turned what would have been a third-down incompletion into another chance for the Ravens.

Baltimore capitalized when Tucker's field goal on the last play of the half gave the Ravens a 9-7 lead.

The Lions caught a bad break in the second half, settling for a field goal after Stafford's incomplete pass to the end zone. A replay showed Detroit receiver Kris Durham had his arm held on the play by Lardarius Webb, but there was no penalty flag for pass interference.

WINNING DRIVE: All the Ravens really had to do was reach midfield to get close to Tucker's range, but even that seemed unlikely when Baltimore faced third-and-15 from its own 28.

Then Joe Flacco found Jacoby Jones for a 27-yard gain to give the Ravens new life.

ELAM'S LAST LAUGH: Matt Elam, Baltimore's rookie safety, caused a stir in the week leading up to the game by saying that Johnson "is pretty old."

Then he made a couple mistakes that helped Detroit score a touchdown early in the first quarter. First, Elam gave the Lions a first down with a personal foul penalty — he hit Stafford as the Detroit quarterback slid short of the marker on a third-down scramble. Then Elam missed badly on a tackle, allowing Nate Burleson to gain about 10 extra yards on a dump-off by Stafford.

But it was Elam who followed Tucker's 61-yard kick with the interception that helped the Ravens seal the game.

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