Ravens Report

Ravens Gameday

December 17, 2007|By JAMISON HENSLEY

Agony of defeat

The most gut-wrenching play of the Ravens' season came when Miami's Greg Camarillo caught a pass near midfield and ran past the Ravens' defense for a 64-yard touchdown in overtime. It marked the first victory for the Dolphins (1-13), who mobbed one another in the end zone as though they had won the Super Bowl. In the Ravens' locker room, there was eerie silence and looks of disbelief.

Playing it safe

The Ravens had a chance to win with 12 seconds left in regulation when they faced fourth-and-goal at the Dolphins' 1-yard line. Coach Brian Billick opted for an 18-yard field goal by Stover that tied the game. After the game, Billick said it would have been "fun" to go for it but "there were more positives for us to go into overtime." Quarterback Troy Smith and running back Willis McGahee were the only two players who publicly said they wanted to go for the touchdown instead of the field goal.

Defenseless defense

Already without both first-string cornerbacks (Samari Rolle and Chris McAlister) and last season's top pass rusher (Trevor Pryce), the Ravens lost linebacker Ray Lewis (dislocated finger) with 6:51 left in the third quarter. Without Lewis, who did not return, the Ravens gave up 12 points and 222 yards on five possessions.

T. Smith a spark

After starting quarterback Kyle Boller was sidelined with a mild concussion, Smith made his second NFL appearance and went 4-for-8 for 45 yards on the Ravens' final drive in regulation to set up the game-tying field goal. The Heisman Trophy winner wasn't totally smooth running the offense, but he created excitement with his confidence and scrambling ability.

Coming attraction

The Ravens, who are 1-6 on the road this season, travel cross country to play the NFC-West leading Seattle Seahawks (9-5). Coming off a 13-10 road loss to the Carolina Panthers, the Seahawks return home, where they are 6-1 this season.

Ravens@Seahawks Sunday, 4:15 p.m., Ch. 13, 1090 AM, 97.9 FM Line: Off the board

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