Best And Worst

January 08, 2001|By Jamison Hensley

Best marathon runner: In his 29th football game of the season, Ravens special teams ace and NFL Europe veteran Anthony Mitchell returned a blocked field goal 90 yards for the game-winning touchdown.

Worst pre-game entertainment: Before yesterday's kickoff, the Titans put Ravens coach Brian Billick on the scoreboard, showing his comments on the Titans in locker room footage from the previous week. It seemed more like a gimmick used in the WWF than the NFL.

Best timing: The Ravens' Keith Washington blocked his first field goals in more than a year. His block of Al Del Greco's 37-yarder resulted in the Ravens' game-winning touchdown.

Best spike: Ravens DE Rob Burnett won his one-on-one battle with Titans QB Steve McNair in the second quarter. After batting down a McNair pass, Burnett saw that McNair had caught the deflection and chased him down for a 10-yard loss.

Worst coverage: The Titans ignored TE Shannon Sharpe on a deep sideline route, leaving him wide-open for a 56-yard reception in the second quarter. He was tackled at Tennessee's 1-yard line, setting up the Ravens' only offensive touchdown of the game.

Best parting shot: In the closing minutes, Sharpe stood on the sideline yelling at the crowd, "After today, the Titans will no longer be playing at Adelphia Coliseum! We'll have to charge them rent! We'll have to foreclose on it!"

Best gesture: After exchanging words with the Ravens all day, Tennessee RB Eddie George came into the Ravens' locker room and congratulated Ray Lewis and Rod Woodson.

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