The Dolphins demonstrated comically bad defensive pursuit and tackling on Willis McGahee's 32-yard screen catch for a score. It was the first time all season the Ravens scored a touchdown on their opening possession.
Ronnie Brown's first two carries went between the tackles for 12 and 14 yards. He capped the drive with a 12-yard touchdown run on the Dolphins' first red zone play. Brown finished the drive with 45 yards, more than he had in all of Weeks 4 and 7 and 20 yards shy of all but two games this year.
Brown's touchdown was his first since the season opener. It was the first touchdown Baltimore allowed on an opening drive this year.
But Brown had just one more rushing attempt the entire first half -- for 2 yards in the second quarter.
The Dolphins dodged an even bigger deficit after Ravens safety Lardarius Webb returned a Chad Henne interception to the 4-yard line. The Ravens had an atrocious series: McGahee run for minus-1, Paul Soliai sack for 10 yards, delay of game, Cameron Wake sack at the line of scrimmage, botched field goal hold. Zero points.
On the Ravens' next possession, they managed to gain a first down at the Dolphins' 13-yard line. Offensive pass interference, a false start and Wake's second sack torpedoed any hope for a touchdown.
Dolfans will have another Dan Henning call to debate. On third-and-goal from the 1 at the end of the half, rather than hand off to Brown or fullback Lousaka Polite, the Dolphins tried a play-action pass. Henne's pass to Anthony Fasano looked like it was thrown left-handed, and the Dolphins had to settle for a field goal.