Ravens 16, Raiders 3

Ravens Extra

January 15, 2001|By Ken Murray

Keys to Ravens' victory

1. They forced five turnovers, intercepting four passes and recovering one fumble. They iced the victory with 3:41 left when LB Jamie Sharper intercepted Bobby Hoying at the Ravens' 2-yard line.

2. They shut down the Raiders' league-leading running game, and limited Oakland to 24 net rushing yards and an average carry of 1.4.

3. They made the big play on offense, getting a playoff-record 96-yard touchdown pass from QB Trent Dilfer to TE Shannon Sharpe in the second quarter for the early lead.

4. They handled the Raiders on third down, allowing just two conversions on 14 chances. Oakland had four consecutive series of three-plays-and-out to start the game, one ending on a third-down interception.

5. They had a nine-minutes-plus advantage in time of possession, and cut down the number of plays the defense had to be on the field with a total offense of 282 yards.

Keys to Raiders' loss

1. The team with the second fewest turnovers during the regular season couldn't protect the ball, and had five giveaways.

2. The best running offense in the league generated just 24 yards on 17 carries against the best rushing defense. The Raiders' longest rushing play was a 5-yard scramble by Hoying.

3. The Raiders converted just two of 14 third downs. They were 0-for-8 in the first half, when they had just one first down and 38 total yards.

4. They didn't capitalize when they had a chance in the red zone. In two possessions inside the Ravens' 20-yard line, they settled for a field goal and threw an interception.

5. They couldn't protect QB Rich Gannon, who left the game in the second quarter with a left shoulder injury and returned for four series in the second half before bowing out.

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