We've already graded the offense after the Ravens last-second win over St. Louis. Now it's time to grade the defense and special teams. At least no defensive players suffered season-ending injuries, so there is that. ... The report card, please.
DEFENSIVE LINE: A-
Brandon Williams continues to play at a Pro Bowl level. He was a beast again, with seven tackles and a forced fumble. Led by Williams and Timmy Jernigan, the Ravens made Todd Gurley work for every inch of his 66 rushing yards. Jernigan finished with four tackles and Lawrence Guy had a fumble recovery, and they also brought pass pressure up the middle.
Courtney Upshaw had perhaps his best game of the season, and his first sack in the past two years was one of the game's biggest plays, as it led to a turnover and set up the Ravens for their game-winning field goal. Upshaw finished with five tackles and a fumble recovery in addition to the forced fumble. C.J. Mosley (12 tackles) also had one of his best games of the season. Elvis Dumervil had just three tackles but kept Case Keenum under pressure all day, and Albert McClellan had a fumble recovery.
The Ravens were fortunate that Case Keenum couldn't hit open receivers, because they were out there at times. Kendrick Lewis had six tackles to lead the secondary. Jimmy Smith's 49-yard pass interference penalty was the Rams best offense all day. But other than that flag, this group avoided yielding the big play for the second straight game.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C-
Justin Tucker missed two more kicks from 51 yards, and the seemingly automatic Tucker is just 2-for-7 this season from 50-plus yards. Not so automatic. Still, he did rebound to deliver the game-winning 47-yarder. Kaelin Clay was a nonfactor in his debut as the Ravens punt returner (three for 5 yards), but Raheem Mostert continues to show some promise on kick returns. The Ravens blocked a kick for the fourth straight game, as Lawrence Guy got a hand on a Rams extra-point kick. The Ravens coverage units again were hurt by penalties -- including three on one play.