NFL: Ravens defeat Panthers in low-octane contest
The Baltimore Ravens controlled the game on defense and scored 10 points in a 71-second span to break a fourth-quarter tie on the way to beating the visiting Carolina Panthers 13-3 on Sunday.
Lamar Jackson scored the game’s only touchdown on a 1-yard run two plays after a Carolina turnover.
The Panthers, who committed three turnovers, were limited to 205 yards of total offense, with only 36 of those coming on the ground. Fifty of the yards came on their last possession.
Jackson completed 24 of 33 passes for 209 yards with an interception. He rushed for 31 yards, so he was involved in a majority of the team’s 308 yards of total offense.
Carolina quarterback Baker Mayfield was 21-of-33 passing for 196 yards and two interceptions. He was sacked four times.
Justin Tucker’s 37-yard field goal broke a 3-3 deadlock with 8:27 remaining.
The Panthers (3-8) took two snaps on their next possession, with Shi Smith fumbling near the end of a short pass play and Baltimore’s Marlon Humphrey recovering.
The Ravens (7-3) converted by covering 31 yards in two plays, the first a 29-yard run by Kenyan Drake. It marked Baltimore’s seventh possession that included snaps in Carolina territory, but the first of those to result in a touchdown.
The Panthers’ next possession went awry with two sacks so they gave the ball back to Baltimore. The Ravens failed to convert because of third-down sack of Jackson, but by then there was less than three minutes remaining.
The Ravens, who hadn’t played in two weeks, weren’t fluid on offense. Drake ended up with a game-high 46 rushing yards on 10 carries.
The games first eight possessions concluded with seven punts and an interception.
Tucker’s 32-yard field goal on the last play of the first half marked the only scoring for either team before halftime. It came at the end of a 76-yard drive that involved 15 plays.
The Panthers pulled even in the third quarter on Eddy Pineiro’s 32-yarder with 8:07 remaining.
–Field Level Media