Stretching To 4-0

McNair leads another comeback

defense unplugs Chargers

Raven 16 Chargers 13

October 02, 2006|By JAMISON HENSLEY

HOW THE GAME WAS WON

Another comeback by Steve McNair. The Ravens quarterback was 4-for-5 for 43 yards on the final drive, hitting tight end Todd Heap for a game-winning, 10-yard touchdown with 34 seconds left. Before that possession, McNair was 13-for-25 for 115 yards.

TURNING POINT

The momentum began to swing to the Ravens in the fourth quarter, when punter Mike Scifres botched a hold on a 51-yard field-goal attempt that could have put the Chargers ahead by nine points. Instead, San Diego took a safety on its next series and then gave the ball back to the Ravens, who were able to win the game with a touchdown.

SECOND-HALF SHUT OUT

For the second straight week, the Ravens' offense was set up for a game-winning drive because the defense didn't allow a point in the second half. After halftime, the Chargers' deepest penetration was the Ravens' 22-yard line.

IN THE DARK

Offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden made Chargers outside linebacker Shawne "Lights Out" Merriman disappear. Merriman had two tackles and one sack (which was awarded to him when McNair tripped). "Hey, J.O., tell Merriman to turn the lights back on," linebacker Bart Scott said in the locker room.

OFFENSIVETROUBLES

The comeback overshadowed some ragged play by the offense. Tight end Daniel Wilcox fumbled at the Chargers' 1-yard line, Derrick Mason let a sure touchdown go through his hands and McNair threw an inter- ception where no Ravens receiver was within 10 yards of the ball.

THEY SAID IT

"I've been doing this for a long time and that's one of the best football teams that I've seen."

- Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer on the Ravens, who have won four straight games for the first time since their 2000 Super Bowl season.

COMING ATTRACTION

The Ravens play the Denver Broncos for the sixth time since 2000. The Ravens had won four straight over the Broncos before a 12-10 loss in Denver last season. The Broncos (2-1), who had a bye, have won two games in a row.

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