BALTIMORE – A celebration four weeks in the making featured laughs and hugs, a surprise appearance by team owner Steve Bisciotti and the distribution of hats announcing the Baltimore Ravens’ stature as AFC North champions.
Joe Flacco threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns, and the Ravens defeated the New York Giants 33-14 Sunday to end a three-game losing streak to secure their second straight division crown.
“It feels good,” wide receiver Torrey Smith said. “I’m just glad we finally got it done.”
The Ravens (10-5) led 24-7 at halftime and cruised behind a short-handed defense that harassed quarterback Eli Manning and limited New York to 186 yards.
Playing its second game with Jim Caldwell as offensive coordinator, Baltimore scored TDs on its first two possessions and amassed a season-high 533 yards – 289 in the first half.
“It’s about execution, man. It’s a simple word, but it’s a very tough task to do,” said Ray Rice, who ran for 107 yards and caught six passes for 51 yards and a TD. “This was a championship game for us.”
New York (8-7) has lost five of seven. Manning went 14 for 28 for 150 yards and was sacked three times.
“Obviously, we have a bad formula going on right here,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “We’ve had two games in a row, pretty much the exact same scenario.”
Flacco completed 25 of 36 passes, ran for a score and did not throw an interception or lose a fumble.
Backup Bernard Pierce gained 123 yards as part of a running attack that generated 224 yards.
New York fell out of a first-place tie in the NFC East. The Giants will need a win over Philadelphia next week and help from other teams to squeeze into the postseason.
Bal—T.Smith 6 pass from Flacco (Tucker kick)
Bal—Flacco 1 run (Tucker kick)
NYG—Wilson 14 run (Tynes kick)
Bal—FG Tucker 23
Bal—Rice 27 pass from Flacco (Tucker kick)
Bal—FG Tucker 21
Bal—FG Tucker 30
Bal—FG Tucker 29
NYG—Hixon 13 pass from Manning (Tynes kick)
|Total Net Yards||186||533|
|Time of Poss.||20:39||39:21|
RUSHING—N.Y. Giants, Bradshaw 9-39, Wilson 3-17, Manning 1-8, Hynoski 1-3. Baltimore, Pierce 14-123, Rice 24-107, Allen 1-7, Taylor 3-(minus 3), Flacco 3-(minus 10).
PASSING—N.Y. Giants, Manning 14-28-0-150. Baltimore, Flacco 25-36-0-309.
RECEIVING—N.Y. Giants, Bennett 4-27, Hixon 3-36, Cruz 3-21, Randle 1-43, Bradshaw 1-8, Hynoski 1-8, Jernigan 1-7. Baltimore, Boldin 7-93, Rice 6-51, T.Smith 5-88, Pitta 4-56, Dickson 1-9, J.Jones 1-7, Allen 1-5.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.