MIAMI GARDENS , Fla. - Five things we learned watching the Ravens lose to Dolphins, 15-13, Sunday at Sun Life Stadium:
1. The Ravens (4-8) were resilient again, but their comeback fell short.
After two quick touchdowns gave the Dolphins a 15-0 lead late in the second quarter, the Ravens didn’t fold. They responded, scoring 13 unanswered points, and scaring a Dolphins team (5-7) that has blown leads before. However, Justin Tucker missed a 55-yard field goal attempt with just under three minutes to play that would have given the Ravens a one-point lead. The Ravens ran out of time, and the same could be said for their season.
2. Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub keeps throwing pick-sixes.
It’s hard to throw seven pick-sixes since 2013, but Schaub has done it. In this game, the pick-six happened in the second quarter, when Dolphins defensive end Derrick Shelby deflected a Schaub pass, caught it, and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown. That helped the Dolphins build a 15-0 lead late in the second quarter, before the Ravens rallied. Last week, the Ravens overcame a Schaub pick- six. In this game, they couldn’t. Schaub made some good throws and showed his toughness, taking big hits. But his latest pick-six really hurt.
3. The Ravens will have some gripes about the officiating.
A questionable pass interference call against Ravens wide receiver Daniel Brown nullified his 52-yard touchdown reception. The call looked weak. It appeared Dolphins cornerback Brice McCain simply fell down on the play. Had Brown’s touchdown stood, the Ravens would have taken a 7-0 lead, and the flow of the game would have changed. Ravens running back Buck Allen also appeared to have gotten a bad spot on a run near the goal line in the second quarter. The Dolphins held on that drive, again denying a chance for the Ravens to take the lead. Tough calls, tough loss.
4. Ravens rookie running back Buck Allen was impressive.
Allen had 170 yards of total offense – 107 yards receiving, 63 yards rushing, and a touchdown. Allen runs hard, he is shifty, and has good hands. He is a player who fits into the Ravens’ future plans, and who should only get better.
5. Dolphins running back Lamar Miller (113 yards) hurt the Ravens.
It’s not often the Ravens give up 100 yards to a back. Miller helped keep the Dolphins’ offense on the field, and was a key to their victory.