Heap grabs lead on franchise list for receiving yards

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December 20, 2005|By BRENT JONES | BRENT JONES,SUN REPORTER

Ravens tight end Todd Heap became the franchise's leader in receiving yards, surpassing Qadry Ismail in the third quarter of last night's 48-3 win over the Green Bay Packers with his trademark flair and style.

Heap beat Packers safety Mark Roman down the sideline for a 27-yard touchdown, putting the Ravens up 31-3 and punching what could be a ticket to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl at the end of the season.

It was the second touchdown catch of the night for Heap, who fought off an early jam from Roman to beat him by a step. The play also gave Heap the third 100-yard receiving game of his career. He finished last night with nine catches for 110 yards.

"It was fun," Heap said. "I don't know what it does for me. I just went out and played football, and the win was the biggest part."

The touchdown gave Heap 2,841 receiving yards for his career, besting Ismail's 2,819 from 1999 to 2001. Heap also has 69 receptions this season, a career best.

He has at least two catches in every game this season.

"I think that is what our offense is capable of, getting everybody involved," Heap said. "We had a bunch of guys going for yardage."

J. Lewis rolls

Ravens running back Jamal Lewis rushed for 105 yards on 22 carries, the second time this season that he had rushed for more than 100 yards.

"We came out hoping to establish the run, and we managed to establish both the run and pass," left tackle Jonathan Ogden said. "It was a great night for us."

Lewis also score his third touchdown of the season on a 3-yard rush behind Edwin Mulitalo in the fourth quarter.

"It wasn't my best game of the season, but I did do some good things," Lewis said.

Stover penalized

In a night full of unusual twists, kicker Matt Stover had a first in his 16-year NFL career, drawing a 15-yard penalty for a low block after one of his kickoffs.

Stover, forced to kick off with Aaron Elling inactive, had a Packers lineman barreling down on him, leading the way for return man Ahmad Carroll. Stover undercut the lineman.

The Packers got the ball at the Ravens' 15 after the penalty but could not convert a first down and settled for a field goal, cutting the lead to 14-3.

"Usually it's just me and the return guy," Stover said. "I basically understood in that situation that if I don't slow the returner down, we've got no shot."

Bad night for Favre

In what had to be one of the worst nationally televised performances of his career, Packers quarterback Brett Favre's decision-making steadily declined as confidence among members of the Ravens' secondary went up.

Samari Rolle and Deion Sanders each picked off Favre, and Ed Reed had a chance to intercept at least three passes.

"It just seemed like he was throwing balls up in the air, which is not typical of him, but trust me, the way those balls were floating, I would play against Favre any day," Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister said.

Clayton learning

Every game, the Ravens seem to invent a new way to get the ball into Mark Clayton's hands, and last night, they used a play usually reserved for college football.

Clayton took a handoff from Kyle Boller, then ran an option with running back Chester Taylor. The play lost a yard, but it came in the aftermath of an 11-yard touchdown run by Clayton from shotgun formation the previous drive.

"Every game I start out there is a learning experience," Clayton said.

End zone

Ravens tight end Darnell Dinkins suffered a leg injury in the second quarter and did not return. ... Elling, Patrick Johnson, Brian St. Pierre, Justin Green, Mike Smith, Daniel Wilcox, Clarence Moore and Dwan Edwards were the Ravens' inactives. ... The 70,604 in attendance last night represented the largest crowd in Baltimore's pro football history. ... Packers running back Samkon Gado left the game with a knee injury and did not return. Gado was hurt during a 2-yard rush late in the first quarter.

brent.jones@baltsun.com

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