Orchard Park, NY (Sports Network) - Buffalo's defense picked off Joe Flacco
five times and the Bills came away with a 23-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens
EJ Manuel completed 10-of-22 passes for 167 yards, one touchdown and two
interceptions for the Bills (2-2), who bounced back from last week's 27-20
loss to the New York Jets.
Fred Jackson carried the ball 16 times for 87 yards and a score for Buffalo.
C.J. Spiller rushed for 77 yards on 23 carries, while Robert Woods caught four
passes for 80 yards and a touchdown.
Flacco connected on 25-of-50 passes for 347 yards, two touchdowns and a
career-high five interceptions for the Ravens (2-2), who had a two-game
winning streak snapped.
Ray Rice, who sat out last week's game because of a hip flexor strain, was
limited to 17 yards on five carries. Torrey Smith caught five passes for 166
yards and a score.
Trailing 23-14, Baltimore got an interception from Corey Graham. Smith caught
a 74-yard pass on the first play to move the ball to the 17-yard line of the
Bills. The visitors had to settle for a 35-yard Justin Tucker field goal with
7:12 left in the fourth.
After the Bills went three-and-out, the Ravens used another big passing play
to move the ball down the field. Deonte Thompson's 33-yard catch combined with
a personal foul put the ball at the 11-yard line. Once again, Baltimore had to
settle for a field goal. Tucker's 24-yarder cut the gap to 23-20 with 4:04
The Ravens got the ball back with 2:20 left. Flacco's final pick of the day
landed in the hands of Kiko Alonso.
Bills kicker Dan Carpenter made a pair of field goals in the first quarter. On
Buffalo's first possession of the game, Scott Chandler and T.J. Graham caught
passes of 14 and 26 yards, respectively. The home team settled for a 27-yard
Carpenter field goal.
Aaron Williams followed with an interception of Flacco. The Bills started from
the Baltimore 25-yard line, but settled for another 27-yard Carpenter field
Baltimore's defense came up with a big play on the first play of the second
stanza. Chris Canty sacked Manuel and forced a fumble, which Brandon Williams
recovered for the Ravens at the Buffalo 27-yard line. Three plays later,
Marlon Brown caught a 10-yard TD pass to give the visitors a 7-6 edge.
The Bills took the lead back on Woods' 42-yard TD catch with 8:40 left until
Buffalo's offense quickly got the ball back after Jim Leonhard picked off
Flacco at the Baltimore 28-yard line. After Chandler caught a 14-yard pass on
3rd-and-12, Jackson rumbled into the end zone for a 16-yard score.
The Ravens had a great chance to score early in the third period. Daryl Smith
picked off Manuel at the Buffalo 18-yard line. Baltimore, however, failed to
capitalize as Aaron Williams intercepted Flacco's pass in the end zone.
After forcing the Bills to punt, Baltimore took over at its own 20. Smith's
22-yard catch combined with a 15-yard penalty on the Bills put the ball at the
Buffalo 26-yard line. Smith caught a touchdown pass on the next play to get
the Ravens within six, 20-14, with 7:17 left.
Flacco, though, threw his fourth interception of the game later in the third
quarter. This time around, Alonso picked off Flacco near midfield. The
Bills had to settle for a 22-yard Carpenter field goal after Woods had a 4-
yard TD catch reversed. Woods was unable to get both feet down in the right
corner of the end zone.
The Bills and Ravens have split six all-time meetings ... Baltimore was
without wide receiver Brandon Stokley ... Buffalo played without the services
of cornerbacks Ron Brooks and Leodis McKelvin, safety Jairus Byrd, defensive
back Stephon Gilmore and kicker Dustin Hopkins.
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