In Week 9, the Baltimore Ravens simply outplayed Pittsburgh, as if “you blew it yourselves,” DeCastro said. But the wounds were fresher after Dallas because the game was in their hands. Elliott ripped it out of those hands. A defensive breakdown gave the rookie running back a clear path to a 32-yard touchdown in the final seconds for a 35-30 Dallas victory.
A handful of defensive players looked shell-shocked in the postgame locker room scene.
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“You lose four games in a row, on the tail end of that it’s sort of like, ‘What do we have to do?'” DeCastro said. “We knew we could do it. We knew we were close. It was one of those turning points. It shows what kind of team you have, the character of your guys [to respond].”
Jack Ham Authentic Jersey Road wins over the Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts were needed, if largely expected, but convincing wins over the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills highlighted a team peaking at the right time.
“I just spent an hour with him, and we’ve been through it,” Carroll said on 710 ESPN Seattle’s Brock and Salk show. “I love Richard. I just flat-out love the dude, and I’ve been with him through so much and watched him grow and do so many unbelievable things. We made it through it. He knows that wasn’t right. He’s just so fiery, and we’ve seen him before. He’ll speak for himself on that. But I feel very good about where he is right now. We’re going to be all right.
“It was too bad. It was a distraction to the game. And that’s not the way it’s supposed to go.”
Vinatieri was already lost in a downward spiral when he found himself in a large auditorium listening to Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, who asked each cadet to look to his or her right, and then to his or her left, before assuring his audience that two out of every three members wouldn’t make it to graduation.