Final

Panthers 12

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Ravens 17

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: ESPN

8:00 PM ET, August 12, 2010

M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD 

1 2 3 4 T
CAR 0 3 6 312
BAL 3 7 7 017

Jimmy Clausen OK in debut as new-look Ravens shine

Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- Joe Flacco took his new offense on a test drive against the Carolina Panthers, and had a smooth ride.

Flacco produced two scores in an abbreviated appearance, and the Ravens' defense held Carolina without a touchdown in a 17-12 preseason victory Thursday night.

Flacco went 8 for 12 for 120 yards and a TD. He guided Baltimore to a field goal in his first series, then went three-and-out before directing a 96-yard drive that ended with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Mark Clayton.

"We need to clean some things up, but overall it was a good start," Flacco said.

The Panthers, conversely, stumbled from the outset and never recovered. Starting quarterback Matt Moore -- hindered by poor protection and three penalties against left tackle Jordan Gross totaling 25 yards -- failed to produce any points during his three possessions.

Backup Jimmy Clausen went 8 for 15 for 80 yards and an interception in his informal NFL debut. He was sacked twice.

"There were good things that happened and definitely some things I need to work on," the rookie said. "But overall it was good to get out there with bullets flying around for the first time."

Carolina turned the ball over on a fumble at the goal line by running back Tyrell Sutton that Baltimore recovered on its own 1.

"I thought offensively we killed ourselves a little bit with some penalties, the fumble down at the 1," coach John Fox said. "I thought we moved the ball efficiently. We hurt ourselves some, but we had a lot of young guys out there."

A torrential rain began in the third quarter, causing a sloppy game to become even messier.

Carolina's lone touchdown came when C.J. Wilson took a fumble by fourth-string running back Jalen Parmele into the end zone from 31 yards. John Kasay missed the extra point, leaving Carolina down 10-9.

Later in the quarter, Baltimore's Prince Miller broke seven tackles during a 57-yard punt return. That set up an 8-yard touchdown run by Troy Smith for a 17-9 lead.

In an effort to bolster a passing game that last season relied too heavily on dumpoffs to Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice, the Ravens added wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Donte' Stallworth. They also spread out the alignment to take advantage of Flacco's skilled right arm.

Baltimore amassed 196 yards in offense in the first half, only 22 of them on the ground. Rice started but did not touch the ball.

"The offense looked pretty good," said running back Willis McGahee, who had four catches during the 96-yard drive. "I think we're where we want to be at this point in time, but we still have a lot of work to do. We need to do a better job blocking for the quarterback; still, we're all happy that we kept moving the ball down the field."

After a sack by safety Tom Zbikowski ended Carolina's opening series, Flacco completed a 23-yard pass to Derrick Mason on Baltimore's first play from scrimmage. The third-year quarterback then hit Clayton for 18 yards on third-and-10 to set up a 32-yard field goal by free agent pickup Shayne Graham.

Late in the first quarter, after a punt pinned the Ravens on their 4, Flacco went 6 for 6 for 79 yards in a 10-play drive that put Baltimore ahead 10-0. His initial completion of the drive was a 12-yarder to Boldin, and Clayton's reception in the end zone took place in front of Captain Munnerlyn.

"Mark was one-on-one on the edge," Flacco said. "I just had to give time to get on top of the guy, and he made an unbelievable play."

There was speculation Clayton's playing time this season would be squeezed by Boldin, Stallworth and Mason, but Clayton finished with a team-high 48 yards receiving.

"Mark played tonight like he has all camp, and he's had a good camp," Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said.

Stallworth and Boldin had one catch.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CAR
BAL
1st Downs1616
Passing 1st downs
911
Rushing 1st downs
65
1st downs from Penalties
10
3rd down efficiency
3-163-13
4th down efficiency
0-30-0
Total Plays7363
Total Yards273225
Yards per play3.73.6
Total Drives1414
Passing131164
Comp - Att
18-4015-30
Yards per pass
3.35.5
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks - Yards Lost
7-496-41
Rushing14261
Rushing Attempts
2627
Yards per rush
5.52.3
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-21-2
Penalties9-708-55
Turnovers23
Fumbles lost
13
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession33:4226:18

Passing Leaders

CARC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Clausen8/15805.3012-12
Cantwell6/17684.0003-17
BALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Flacco8/1212010.0102-13
Bulger5/12675.6001-0

Rushing Leaders

CARCARYDSAVGTDLG
Vaughan11484.4014
Williams5336.6023
BALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Steele10323.2020
McClain4215.3014

Receiving Leaders

CARRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Jackson23517.50253
Moore12525.00252
BALRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Clayton24824.01303
McGahee4379.30134

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCARBAL
balFG09:15Shayne Graham 32 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERCARBAL
balTD11:48Mark Clayton 30 Yd Pass From Joe Flacco (Billy Cundiff Kick) 010
carFG06:10John Kasay 37 Yd 310
THIRD QUARTERCARBAL
carTD11:20C.J. Wilson 31 Yd Fumble Return (Pat Failed) 910
balTD02:35Troy Smith 8 Yd Run (Billy Cundiff Kick) 917
FOURTH QUARTERCARBAL
carFG04:10John Kasay 45 Yd 1217