It might seem simplistic to suggest that 66-yard receiver Mike Wallace caught after a long pbad from Joe Flacco ignited the 44-20 loss of the Detroit Lions Ravens at M & T Bank Stadium on Sunday. But it led to a 1-yard touchdown pbad from Flacco to tight end Benjamin Watson who started the most explosive offense of the season.
But when asked by Detroit coach and former Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell to badess what In his defense, he returned to Wallace's play near the start of the second quarter.
"Wallace got his way, which is obviously one of those guys who can take the top off the defense if you" "I'm not in a position to make plays," Caldwell said. "He's going to catch him and give him some problems, we did not do a good job covering the deep part of the field, that's something we have to improve on."
The Ravens could have finally rediscovered their game of deep pbades. Wallace's reception was the longest play of the offense this season, and Wallace and open teammate Chris Moore added a pair of 23-yard gains to give the unit its highest number of pbades of at least 23 yards in a game until now.  Even after Sunday's performance, the team still qualifies last in the NFL in catches of 20 yards or more and is tied for twentieth place in receptions of at least 40 yards. But wide receiver Jeremy Maclin said he is hopeful that this latest show will be a positive omen for the future.
"Every time you have the ability to stretch the field, it's always a good thing," he said. "Mike was able to go deep some times, other times, the guys were deep and if the time was off or not, that's what we want to get in. Every time we have the opportunity to take one of those deep balls in the field, We definitely want to do that. "
Wallace continues to serve as a catalyst for the offense. He has 26 receptions 50 yards more in his career, including eight since 2016, which is ranked as the highest total in the league.
At first, Wallace minimized his capture, calling it "probably the 15th play of the game."  But Wallace agreed when asked if his big plays can awaken the team.
"Yes, that's what I always tell my coaches," he said. "I just want to make sparks, that does a lot for your team that people do not even know, it's been a long time for fans, it's been a long time for all of you [media] a long time ago for us, everyone, it's just ex Citement. So it makes [outside linebacker Matthew] Judon get out of the limit faster, [outside linebacker Terrell Suggs] gets out of the limit faster, [free safety] Eric [Weddle] gets back faster, makes everyone boast. So you need those plays throughout the game, [and] we were able to do them, we did a lot of those plays. "
Maclin said no one should be surprised by Wallace's ability to make long ball opportunities.
"That's what it does," Maclin said: "That's what he's been doing Since he was in the league, he can still run, and as long as you can run, you'll always have a job in this league. "
Flacco said the offense thought he could attack Detroit as he did with Wallace's deep post because the Minnesota Vikings had done it in a 30-23 victory over the Lions at Thanksgiving.
"It was definitely key," said Flacco. "We left the group, and I saw low safety on the one hand and I definitely thought we were going to have a chance, and he went and got the ball, so obviously, it's huge to get to the end zone at that point as well. Sometimes we had problems getting the ball in the end zone, and it was really great to get [that]. "
However, not everything was rosy. Coach John Harbaugh noted that several receivers stopped receiving pbades at the beginning of the game.
"The men are open, they are opening, they are making good routes and we are not catching the ball," Harbaugh said. "But we do not let him beat us, we keep fighting through him, and we started to move the ball and make some big plays, Mike Wallace really kicked us out – Joe and Mike with the long pbad."
End Zone: Runner Alex Collins who became the first running runner to run a touchdown in three consecutive games since Willis McGahee in 2010, was not available to speak with the media after the game due to "a significant migraine headache", according to the team. Collins finished with 15 carries for 75 yards and two touchdowns, the first presentation of two touchdowns of his career. … Four former players – quarterback Kyle Boller, tight end Todd Heap, wide receiver Jacoby Jones and guard Edwin Mulitalo – attended the game on Sunday. … Detroit deactivated runners Ameer Abdullah (neck) and Dwayne Washington (hip), rookie corner Jamal Agnew (knee), offensive tackle Emmett Cleary wide receiver Bradley Márquez safety Rolan Milligan and center Travis Swanson (knee). Swanson is the starting center, and Agnew leads the NFL in average return kick to 16.8 yards with two laps for the scores. Start of guard right T.J. Lang (foot) played after appearing as questionable. … Long snap Morgan Cox right tackle Austin Howard defensive tackle Brandon Williams and Jefferson represented the Ravens to throw the coins before the game. Ex Ravens right tackle Rick Wagner was part of a four-member group that represented Lions. Wagner was sent off the field in the second quarter because of an ankle injury and did not return.