Needing to call on their quick-strike offense to bail them out of a jam, the no-huddle stalled on the Ravens.
Part of the reason is because they abandoned a running game that appeared lethal in the first half.
Joe Flacco only completed 22 of 42 passes for 232 yards as they blew a 10-point halftime lead to the Philadelphia Eagles, regained the lead and then lost it in the final two minutes when Michael Vick scored the game-winning touchdown for a 24-23 victory.
"They did a good job all day of just coming up there and putting enough guys in the box and putting pressure on our receivers," Flacco said. "They've got two good corners that it's tough to consistently do a lot of damage on those guys, and they've got a good pass rush up front. So we have to get the ball out of our hands quickly."
Flacco looked hurried, and his accuracy suffered. He was sacked twice.
The Ravens forced four turnovers, taking the ball away from the Eagles three of those times when they'd marched in to Baltimore's territory. But the offense never found a rhythm, particularly on third downs as it went 1-for-9 until making a few clutch plays late in the fourth quarter to improve the final tally to 4-for-14.
The Eagles ran their own no-huddle offense, and it was more effective down the stretch. Vick drove them 80 yards in 10 plays in just less than three minutes. He ran the ball in from one yard out for the final score.
Ray Rice appeared frustrated at not just the outcome, but how he was used in offensive coordinator Cam Camerons scheme.
Rice, who had only 10 carries for 68 yards last week in a 44-13 thrashing of the Cincinnati Bengals, had seven for 78 yards in the first half.
In the second half, he had just nine carries for 21 yards. But instead of talking about himself, he lobbied on behalf of fullback Vonta Leach.
Im not the play-caller. I just do what Im asked to do when my name is called. There were sometimes that we were third and short and I would have loved to see our fullback get some more calls, Rice said of Leach, who had just one carry for five yards when he scored the Ravens first touchdown.
The fact is, in what would normally be run situations, the Ravens passed unsuccessfully:
-- On their first possession of the third quarter, the Ravens passed on third-and-2 and it was intercepted by DeMeco Ryans
-- Later in the quarter on third-and-2, Flaccos pass to tight end Ed Dickson was incomplete
-- On the next possession, Flacco threw incomplete to Anquan Boldin on third-and-1
-- On their final possession of the game, Flacco threw incomplete on third-and-1 to Dennis Pitta and then on fourth down to Rice. Coach John Harbaugh faced questions of why he didnt run the ball on the last two plays, and he'll probably face them all week leading into next Sunday's home game vs. the New England Patriots.
We ran the ball a lot in the second half, Harbaugh said, even though his team had only 10 rushes in the first half and 11 in the second. The last two plays of the game. ... We thought about running the ball, yeah, but we thought we had some good calls. You could have called a draw or something there, but you know they were bringing some heat and they were hugging the backs, too
We tried some draws, we tried some traps and even some passing situations, some second and longs, and we werent hitting that stuff either.