We've already graded the offense after the Ravens latest last-second loss, you know, the one that tops all the other last-second losses in this lost season. Now it's time to grade the defense and special teams:
DEFENSIVE LINE: B-
The Ravens were solid against the run, with T.J. Yeldon (18-61) averaging 3.4 yards a carry. Brandon Williams had a sack and two tackles for losses, and the Ravens frequently won the battle in the trenches, with Williams, Timmy Jernigan, Lawrence Guy and Chris Canty at times overmatching the Jaguars offensive line. Guy has been one of the Ravens more underrated players this year.
Elvis Dumervil had one of his best games of the season before the costly face mask penalty that set up the Jaguars game-winning field goal. But to Dumervil's credit, and in a cruel twist, he appeared to be the only Ravens defender playing hard on that final snap. Courtney Upshaw showed up, with good edge-setting ability and got some pressure on Bortles with a couple of batted balls. C.J. Mosley had a team-high eight tackles, and coverage by Ravens linebackers was improved. The Ravens also showed some new looks, with Arthur Brown playing his first defensive snaps since 2013.
The Ravens accomplished one objective: They did not give up the big play that has hurt them in previous weeks. The Jaguars longest pass play went for 21 yards. Blake Bortles and the Jags finished with just 188 passing yards. But there were still issues. Most notably, Kendrick Lewis flat-out dropped what should have been a game-clinching interception. Earlier, Jimmy Smith dropped what could have been a pick-six and looked terrible on a long pass interference penalty. Lewis and Hill both were hit with 15-yard penalties. Fans didn't like the call against Hill, but in 2015, that kind of shot near a receiver's head will be called every time. At least Lardarius Webb got an interception, the Ravens' first in six games. Webb saw some action at safety, another wrinkle as the Ravens continue to search for answers.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C-
This was certainly not the finest hour for Jerry Rosburg's unit, which has been outstanding all season. Among the problems: Jeremy Ross muffed a punt that set up a Jaguars touchdown (and only the muff rule about no advancement kept it from being an immediate touchdown); Asa Jackson was flagged for two 15-yard special teams penalties, though one was questionable; Justin Tucker missed his only field-goal try, albeit from 58 yards; and Sam Koch, who is having a Pro Bowl year, picked a horrible time for his first touchback of the season. That set up the Jaguars at the 20 for their final possession. The one bright spot was a 50-yard kickoff return by Raheem Mostert.