Titans 20 Ravens 17

January 04, 2004

POSITION EDGE

Ravens rushing vs. Titans run defense - TITANS

The battle of both teams' strength proved to be a mismatch. Jamal Lewis was held to a season-low 35 yards on 14 carries and didn't have a run longer than 8 yards. Lewis never had a chance to get into a rhythm and didn't have back-to-back carries in the second half. Quarterback Anthony Wright had the Ravens' longest run of the day (11 yards).

Ravens passing vs. Titans pass defense - TITANS

Wright's numbers were decent enough, but a costly fourth-quarter interception at the Ravens' 30 led to a field goal that put the Titans up 17-10. Wright stared down Marcus Robinson on a hitch route, allowing cornerback Samari Rolle to jump the route and pick it off. Robinson had run the same route against Rolle on the previous play.

Titans rushing vs. Ravens run defense - TITANS

Eddie George averaged just 3.5 yards a carry and did not have a run over 13 yards, but he sparked the Titans by shaking off a dislocated left shoulder in the second quarter and playing the entire second half. George gained 88 yards on 25 carries and converted third downs on the ground four times. Chris Brown added 61 yards on 11 carries.

Titans passing vs. Ravens pass defense - RAVENS

Steve McNair had probably his worst game of the season, completing 14 of 23 passes and throwing three interceptions. McNair started off hot, hitting on three of four attempts for 42 yards and directing a touchdown drive. But Will Demps returned an interception 56 yards for a touchdown on the Titans' second possession, and McNair never looked the same. He fought off a leg injury to take all of the Titans' snaps, but his fourth-quarter interception to Chris McAlister with the score tied could have proved disastrous.

Special teams - TITANS

The Titans' Gary Anderson made one of the biggest kicks of his 22-year career, a 46-yard field goal with 29 seconds left. The Ravens' Dave Zastudil had his best game of the season, averaging 48.8 yards on eight punts despite being backed up deep in his territory numerous times. Titans punter Craig Hentrich was nearly as good, averaging 44.7 yards. - Brent Jones

NICKEL PACKAGE

Thumbs up

Pass defense. The Ravens held quarterback Steve McNair to 159 yards passing, his second-lowest output this season. The league's co-MVP also was intercepted a season-high three times

Thumbs down

Orlando Brown. The right offensive tackle was flagged for a personal foul and unnecessary roughness, which accounted for 30 of the Ravens' 70 penalty yards. His last penalty helped the Titans gain better field position before the drive that led to their winning field goal.

Stat of the game

35. Rushing yards by Ravens running back Jamal Lewis, whose previous low this season was 68. The NFL's leading rusher had averaged 129.1 yards per game this season.

Quotable

"Not too many words can describe what we're feeling. We're hurting right now. We're not feeling too good about ourselves." - tight end Todd Heap.

Trainer's room

No Ravens injuries were reported.

- Jamison Hensley

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