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Ravens 20 / Dolphins 3

Ravens Extra

January 14, 2002|By Mike Preston

Quarterback A-

Elvis Grbac completed 12 of 18 passes for 133 yards. He showed nice touch on the 45-yard completion to Travis Taylor, and delivered even a better pass on the short, 4-yard touchdown pass to Taylor in the third quarter. Grbac played within himself and within the "Dilfer-ized" offense.

Offensive line A+

The Dolphins came out in a 4-3 defense and were stationary targets for a Ravens offensive line that pushed them around for 226 yards rushing. The Ravens ran left a lot behind tackle Jonathan Ogden and guard Edwin Mulitalo. The group allowed only one sack.

Running backs A

Terry Allen rushed for 109 yards and Jason Brookins added 65. Allen got a lot of yards on his own, especially on cutback runs. The Dolphins weren't eager to tackle him once Allen broke into the secondary.

Receivers B

Miami's linebackers couldn't keep up with the Ravens' tight ends, who ran a lot of crossing patterns. Shannon Sharpe had four catches for 23 yards. Taylor had only two catches for 49 yards, but both were big -- one for 45 yards and the other for a touchdown. The Ravens had only 12 receptions, but they threw only 18 times.

Defensive line A

Miami had only 46 yards rushing. Most teams have had success getting outside on the Ravens, but the Dolphins couldn't run anywhere, as tackles Tony Siragusa and Sam Adams jammed everything inside. End Rob Burnett had three tackles and reserve tackle Larry Webster had two.

Linebackers A

Middle linebacker Ray Lewis had seven tackles to lead the Ravens, and he shut down most of the quick screens and hitches the Dolphins tried to use. Weak-side linebacker Jamie Sharper had four tackles and one sack. He also forced a fumble and batted down a pass. Strong-side linebacker Brad Jackson had two tackles.

Secondary A

Duane Starks and Carnell Lake had a combined 10 tackles, and they didn't give up anything deep to Miami receivers James McKnight and Dedric Ward, even though McKnight had Starks beat on a deep post pattern late in the game, but missed the pass. Overall, the Ravens shadowed Miami receivers effectively, even though the Dolphins often had just three men in pass routes because they kept in players to chip on defensive end Peter Boulware.

Special teams B

The Ravens didn't have any problems on the punting team for the first time in three weeks. Returner Jermaine Lewis fumbled the opening kickoff, but other than that, the Ravens turned in solid performances. Kicker Matt Stover missed a 40-yard field-goal attempt, but converted from 35 and 40 yards. Kyle Richardson averaged 45.5 yards on four punts.

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