It was a tough 18-16 loss for a Detroit Lions team that has been struggling down the stretch after a 6-3 start.
There was significant build-up heading into Monday's game after a loss at Philadelphia in atypical weather circumstances added even more significance to beating the Ravens.
"The only team that can stop us from doing what we want to do is the Detroit Lions," wide receiver Nate Burleson said last Wednesday in a lengthy interview in front of his locker.
"The only team," Burleson repeated for emphasis. "And I'm very confident of that. There's no team that pumps fear in me. There's no team on the schedule I'm like 'Oh, boy.' We are that talented, but we just have too many mistakes right now."
Unfortunately for the Lions, those mistakes continued Monday night.
It appeared that wouldn't be the case early in the game after quarterback
But Detroit remained scoreless for the remainder of the half and didn't score another touchdown until the fourth quarter.
"The Lions entered the game averaging more than 26 points per game and had failed to score at least 20 points only one time this year -- Oct. 6 in Green Bay (22-9)," said detroitlions.com's Tim Twentyman in his "Four Downs" feature.
"Detroit picked the most inopportune time to go cold on offense for a second time this this, especially considering the Ravens didn’t score a touchdown in the game."
A stat worth noting.
Despite the Ravens' ability to notch big plays in the passing game, the defense kept Baltimore out of the end zone. That includes three trips to the red zone and an interception deep in Detroit territory.
"The defense gave up 305 yards of offense, but was especially stout in the red zone, when they needed to be," said Twentyman. "They forced turnovers after Baltimore had gotten to it's 11-, 6- and 14-yard lines."
- Now that the Lions are one game behind the Bears in the NFC North race, they must rely on other teams to lose to have a chance at the postseason.
- Regarding playoff hopes, O'Hara said this in his postgame column: "Barring some sort of comeback with two games left that the Lions do not seem capable of mounting, the loss to the Ravens was the knockout blow for their chance to win the North.
- O'Hara also offers his perspective regarding who is to blame for the Lions' 18-16 loss to Baltimore in his "Burning Questions" column.