The Numbers

Quarter By Quarter

Ravens Gameday

September 11, 2006

1 -- RAVENS 7, BUCS 0

First drive sets tone

The Ravens opened their season with a 14-play, 80-yard drive that took 9 minutes and 16 seconds off the clock. It was capped by a 4-yard touchdown run by Jamal Lewis. The Ravens' next drive ended with two fumbles by quarterback Steve McNair, both of which were recovered by the Ravens.


Ravens: J.Lewis 4 run (Stover kick), 5:44. Ravens 7, Bucs 0.

2 -- RAVENS 17, BUCS 0

Two big interceptions

Cornerback Chris McAlister returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the quarter. Four series later, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata caught a deflected pass and ran back the interception 60 yards to the Tampa Bay 9-yard line. The second turnover of the quarter was converted into a 20-yard Matt Stover field goal, pushing the Ravens' lead to 17-0.


Ravens: McAlister 60 interception return (Stover kick), 14:45. Ravens 14, Bucs 0.

Ravens: FG Stover 20, 1:54. Ravens 17, Bucs 0.

3 -- RAVENS 20, BUCS 0

Defense holds ground

After the Ravens' defense pinned the Bucs back to their 16-yard line, B.J. Sams returned a punt 18 yards to set up the Ravens' offense at the Tampa Bay 37. A drive that was extended by a 4-yard run by McNair on third down ended with a 42-yard field goal by Stover. The Ravens' defense then stopped the Bucs on fourth-and-goal when linebacker Ray Lewis tipped a pass to the end zone.


Ravens: FG Stover 42, 10:22. Ravens 20, Bucs 0.

4 -- RAVENS 27, BUCS 0

Wilcox's TD catch caps it

The Ravens wrapped up the victory with a nine-play, 61-yard drive in the final quarter that lasted 6:11. Jamal Lewis had his biggest run of the day in that possession, breaking a 27-yarder. McNair then threw his first touchdown pass as a Raven, hitting tight end Daniel Wilcox on a 4-yarder.


Ravens: Wilcox 4 pass from McNair (Stover kick), 7:17. Ravens 27, Bucs 0.

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