With Dallas cornerback Morris Claiborne in bump-and-run coverage, Ravens receiver Torrey Smith released down the sideline and hauled in one of just two catches.
It was for a 19-yard touchdown late in the second quarter that gave the Ravens a 17-10 lead they'd never lose in Sunday's 31-29 win against the Dallas Cowboys.
Just as important, Smith believes it ends questions about the receiving corp not being able to handle physical play by opposing corners.
Last week in a 9-6 win at the Kansas City Chiefs, Smith and company were bothered by the Cover 1 scheme that puts cornerbacks up at the line of scrimmage to get receivers off their routes with one safety playing over top. In Week 2, the Ravens went cold in the second half of a 24-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Coach John Harbaugh insisted they had to do a better job to get open against press coverage, something the Cowboys use a lot.
If Smith or Jacoby Jones in particular can get clean releases, they said all week they'd get the opportunities to make big plays. Jones made his on special teams when he returned a kick 108 yards to tie an NFL record in the third quarter. Smith did it receiving. But the speedy duo combined for just four catches.
Anquan Boldin had his second solid game in a row by leading all Ravens, getting five catches for 98 yards against press coverage.
"There's nothing special about press man. I'm so glad we were able to move the ball so y'all can stop asking about press man," Smith said. "But we were able to finish and make enough plays."