Ravens Report

November 17, 2008|By JAMISON HENSLEY

RUN-DOWN DEFENSE: Facing the NFL's top-ranked rushing attack, the Ravens didn't look like the league's top run defense. The Ravens allowed 207 yards rushing - the third most in the team's 13-year history. It's the most given up by the Ravens since Pittsburgh ran for 214 yards on Oct. 5, 1997.

BLOCK PARTY: Matt Stover's rocky season continued when he had a 32-yard field-goal try blocked in the first quarter. It was recovered at the Ravens' 33-yard line and led to the Giants' second touchdown of the game. Stover had made 37 straight field goals from inside 40 yards.

INTERCEPTION STREAK ENDS: Joe Flacco threw two interceptions, ending his streak at 124 passes without a pick. His second interception ricocheted off Derrick Mason and was returned 50 yards for a touchdown, increasing the Ravens' deficit to 27-10 late in the third quarter. The rookie quarterback was 20-for-33 for 164 yards, and he finished as the team's leading rusher (57 yards on six runs).

PLAYING IN PAIN: Despite dislocating his shoulder a week ago, Mason started and led the Ravens in receiving with seven catches for 82 yards. Mason has now played in 100 straight games.

AFC NORTH WATCH: The Ravens' four-game winning streak ended, and it cost them in the division standings. With Pittsburgh edging the San Diego Chargers, the Steelers (7-3) moved one game ahead of the Ravens (6-4) in the AFC North.

THEY SAID IT: "It was a thumping. It's the biggest thumping I've been a part of for a long time. Even the Indianapolis game didn't feel like this one." - Defensive end Trevor Pryce on the second-largest margin of defeat this season.

COMING ATTRACTION: The Ravens play their first home game since Oct. 26 when they face the Philadelphia Eagles at M&T Bank Stadium. Donovan McNabb threw three interceptions as the Eagles (5-4-1) tied the last-place Cincinnati Bengals, 13-13, yesterday.

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