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Boller drive, Stover FG at :00 save day after Ravens lose 17-point lead

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Ravens Report

Ravens Gameday

September 24, 2007|By JAMISON HENSLEY

CALLING IN THE CLOSER Steve McNair said he was healthy enough to finish the game, but coach Brian Billick replaced him in the fourth quarter with Kyle Boller, who led the Ravens on the winning drive in the final two minutes. Boller was 5-for-5 for 32 yards on the final series, proving the Ravens have a better closer than the Orioles.

NO QUARTERBACK CONTROVERSY McNair said after the game that his groin is fine and he will be able to start Sunday. Billick said he pulled McNair because he was "favoring" the leg and didn't want the injury to turn into a long-term one. McNair led the Ravens to scores on four of seven drives, completing 20 of 27 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown.

RELIABLE LEG Ravens kicker Matt Stover hit all four field-goal attempts, con- verting a 46-yarder with no time left. It marked the 13th game-winner in Stover's 18-year career. He remains the Ravens' most reliable offensive weapon.

RETURN ON INVESTMENT Showing his outstanding speed, rookie third-round pick Yamon Figurs had a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown late in the second quarter, eluding four tacklers along the way. The touchdown came on his fifth career punt return.

DECLINING DEFENSE The Ravens had trouble holding on to a 17-point fourth-quarter lead for the second straight week. Arizona backup quarterback Kurt Warner threw for 151 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter against a Ravens secondary that was missing cornerback Samari Rolle (illness). Warner went after Rolle's replacement, Corey Ivy, and backup nickel back Ronnie Prude.

COMING ATTRACTION The Ravens will look for their first AFC North win this season when they play at the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. The Browns are being led by two former Ravens, quarterback Derek Anderson and running back Jamal Lewis.

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