Big one for the road


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If you're looking for omens this weekend, try this one: The Ravens' first road victory since the franchise moved to Baltimore came in Giants Stadium on Sept. 14, 1997. Not even the ghost of Jimmy Hoffa could ruin this one for the Ravens, who went 0-8 on the road in their first season. It took a nail-biting 24-23 victory in the third game of their second season to end the streak and give the Ravens their first road victory.

The Ravens scored on their final two drives, including a 37-yard field goal by Matt Stover with 34 seconds left to seal the come-from-behind victory. The win raised the Ravens' record to 2-1, and it was the first time they had won two in a row.

WHAT HAPPENED: : It wasn't pretty for the Ravens. They were out-gained on offense and had to rely on two missed field goals and a missed extra point by Giants kicker Brad Daluiso to win. The game-winning drive started with 2:59 on the clock and the Ravens at their 32-yard line. Behind the running of Earnest Byner and the receiving of Derrick Alexander and Eric Green, the Ravens marched to the Giants' 20 before calling on Stover. The Ravens' touchdown to bring them within 23-21 came at the end of a 10-play, 83-yard drive that resulted in an 11-yard pass from Vinny Testaverde to Michael Jackson with 7:08 left in the game.

KEY STATS: : The Ravens were out-gained on offense, 390 yards to 273. ... The loss dropped the Giants to 1-2, but they rebounded for a 10-5-1 record and playoff berth as a wild-card team.

QUOTABLE: : "Guys are believing instead of having that sense of doubt. At one time, guys would be down and doubting themselves when they were in this situation. This is a sign of growth and maturity for this team. I can't even find words to say how big this is." - Byner

"We didn't play very good football today, but anytime you can win and not play your best football, it's a relief. I don't mind answering the questions. At least it's not about another tough loss." - Testaverde

Source: Baltimore Sun archives

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