Runback comeback

Sams kick-starts 2nd-half rally as Ravens win 4th in row

Ravnes 24 Falcons 10

Ravens Gameday

November 20, 2006|By JAMISON HENSLEY

How the game was won

B.J. Sams changed the momentum, setting up two third-quarter touchdowns with a 59-yard punt return and a 59-yard kickoff return. Sams' total of 212 return yards is the third highest in the NFL this season.

Second-half knockout

Running back Jamal Lewis physically wore down the Falcons in the second half with 79 yards rushing and three touchdowns after gaining just 12 yards in the first half. His three touchdowns tied a career high.

Grounding the Falcons

Even without Ray Lewis, the Ravens held the NFL's top rushing attack to a season-low 104 yards. The Ravens also put constant pressure on Michael Vick, sacking the elusive Atlanta quarterback five times.

First half to forget

It was a slow start for the second straight week for the Ravens. The first-half errors yesterday included quarterback Steve McNair fumbling at the Atlanta 14-yard line, the offensive line committing four false starts and kicker Matt Stover ending the NFL's third-longest field-goal streak at 36.

Division watch

By winning for the fourth straight time, the Ravens (8-2) kept their three-game lead over the Cincinnati Bengals with six weeks remaining. The Ravens play two division rivals - the Pittsburgh Steelers and Bengals - in the next 10 days.

They said it

"I know that teams that I played on that went to the Super Bowl never panicked no matter what happened because we knew what we were capable of. And I see that with this team."

- Defensive end Trevor Pryce, winner of two Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos, on the Ravens' comebacks in the second half the past two weeks.

Coming attraction

The Ravens renew their biggest division rivalry when they play the defending Super Bowl champion Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium.

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