Ravens Report By Jamison Hensley

Ravens Gameday

Ravens 19 Bills 7

January 01, 2007|By JAMISON HENSLEY

HOW THE GAME WAS WON

The Ravens earned the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye with ball-control offense and ball-hawking defense. Their offense dominated time of possession, controlling the clock for 36 minutes, 21 seconds (compared to the Bills' 23:39). Their defense scored the Ravens' only touchdown when cornerback Chris McAlister returned an interception 31 yards for a score in the third quarter.

DOMINATING DEFENSE

The NFL's top-ranked defense has held six of its past seven opponents to one or no touchdowns. The Ravens allowed 201 points this season, an average of 12.6 per game.

DEAD ZONE

For the first time since coach Brian Billick took over the play-calling 10 games ago, the Ravens offense failed to score a touchdown. The Ravens reached the red zone four times and settled for field goals of 26, 37, 39 and 29 yards.

HOME SWEET HOME

The Ravens have the NFL's best home record since 2000, improving to 42-14 at M&T Bank Stadium. They have won five in a row at home and 11 of their past 12.

ELITE COMPANY

Ravens quarterback Steve McNair became the third player in NFL history to reach 30,000 passing yards and 3,500 rushing yards in a career, joining Fran Tarkenton and Steve Young.

THEY SAID IT

"13-3 is not easy to do. I hope the guys will dwell on that a little bit. We've got a little time, and I hope they can appreciate what they did in the season." -- Coach Brian Billick after the Ravens set the team record for wins in the regular season.

COMING ATTRACTION

A week of rest. By earning a first-round bye, the players have been given five days off. They are scheduled to return Saturday to prepare for their second-round game.

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