Bucs trail Ravens 10-9 at halftime in rain-soaked Baltimore

The rain — and holding on to a wet football — has been a major factor in the first half.
Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston, center, is sacked by Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley in the first half. [AP Photo/Gail Burton]
Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston, center, is sacked by Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley in the first half. [AP Photo/Gail Burton]
Published December 16 2018
Updated December 16 2018

 

BALTIMORE — Weather has been a major factor today in rain-soaked Baltimore as the Bucs trail the Ravens 10-9 following an ugly first half at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Ravens took the lead going into halftime on Justin Tucker's 24-yard field goal attempt with nine second left in the half.

On that drive, the Ravens moved quickly down the field as quarterback Lamar Jackson completed five of six passes for 46 yards.

The Bucs connected on a 21-yard field goal from Cairo Santos with 1:50 left in the half, a score that was set up by Jameis Winston's 64-yard completion to Mike Evans on third-and-20.

Other than that play, the Bucs' top-ranked passing offense has done little in the rain. Winston had just 38 yards passing before that play.

Keeping hold of the football has been difficult for both teams — affecting the passing game — but Winston was patient on the third-down play, dodging the Ravens' pass rush and running to his left while lofting a deep ball downfield to Evans. After a face-mask penalty at the end of the play, the Bucs went from their 15 to the Ravens' 11-yard line.

The drive stalled there before Santos converted the field-goal attempt.

The Ravens scored all of their points in the final four minutes of the half, first ending a touchdown drive that took up 8:10 on 16 plays with a five-yard shovel pass from Lamar Jackson to wide receiver Chris Moore, a Jefferson High School product. The drive included just four pass attempts.

Bucs receivers twice dropped potential first-down catches in the first quarter, one by Chris Godwin and another by Evans. Evans also struggled to get under a rare deep ball in the first quarter.

The Bucs also dropped a pass that would have been a clear interception when middle linebacker Riley Bullough was unable to corral an errant pass from Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.

The Bucs scored the first touchdown of the game on Peyton Barber's three-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, a drive that began after outside linebacker Lavonte David recovered a fumbled snap by Jackson near midfield.

David has two sacks to go along with his fumble recovery.

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