Best And Worst

Ravens 16, Raiders 3

Ravens Extra

January 15, 2001|By Jamison Hensley

Best statement: The Ravens' defense allowed Oakland past midfield only three times and held the NFL's best rushing team to 1.4 yards per carry.

Best silencer: Shannon Sharpe's 96-yard touchdown catch turned "The Black Hole" into "The Twilight Zone." The infamous crowd was quieted on one play, eliminating any home-field advantage.

Best round trip: Trent Dilfer, the once-vilified quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, returns to town in style. His play is often maligned, but Dilfer has won 10 straight games.

Best slam: On the third play of the game, Michael McCrary came off the edge untouched to level Rich Gannon from the blind side. That injured the left shoulder of Gannon, who was never the same after the hit.

Best recovery: Matt Stover missed a 36-yard field-goal try in the first quarter, his first one inside the 40 in 20 attempts. He came back to hit three straight as well as a touchback on a kickoff.

Best thievery: The Ravens forced five turnovers against the Raiders, who had the second-fewest turnovers in the NFL during the regular season. The Ravens got three turnovers on Oakland's final four drives. Worst penalty: The Raiders' Charles Woodson was penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct, pushing Qadry Ismail in the fourth quarter in a fit of frustration. It kept alive a Ravens drive that ended with Stover's final field goal.

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