Ravens Report

November 24, 2008|By JAMISON HENSLEY

ED REED REPEATS HISTORY: The Ravens' free safety broke his NFL record by returning an interception 108 yards for a touchdown, contributing to the Ravens' 24-point fourth quarter. His previous league mark was 106 yards, set in November 2004 against the Cleveland Browns.

DEFENSE REBOUNDS: After allowing 30 points to the New York Giants a week ago, the Ravens forced five turnovers (four interceptions and one fumble), held the Eagles' offense without a point and played a part in sending quarterback Donovan McNabb to the bench at halftime. The Ravens limited Philadelphia to 206 total yards, 13 first downs and 23 percent on third-down conversions (3-for-13).

RUNNING BACK BY COMMITTEE: After being the forgotten man in the offense for weeks, Le'Ron McClain pounded out a season-high 88 yards rushing on 18 carries. He scored his team-leading sixth touchdown.

GUTTING IT OUT: Offensive tackle Jared Gaither earned the respect of the team when he replaced injured Adam Terry (concussion) and played most of the game with one healthy arm. He didn't practice all week because of a shoulder injury and had his right arm in a sling Wednesday. "He's a young guy who has figured out how to play through pain and play well through pain," coach John Harbaugh said. "He's going to be a great football player."

AFC NORTH WATCH: The Ravens (7-4) have won five of their past six games to stay within one game of the AFC North-leading Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3). Only three teams - the Tennessee Titans (10-1), New York Jets (8-3) and Steelers - have a better record than the Ravens in the AFC.

THEY SAID IT: "We knew he came from Philly. It was an 'X' game on the schedule. Coach didn't have to say anything to us. We're going to give the same effort but, yes, it was a little more special." - Reed (above) on giving Harbaugh a win against the team he had been an assistant coach for from 1998 to 2007.

COMING ATTRACTION: The Ravens travel to Cincinnati (1-9-1) in search of their first season sweep of the Bengals since 2002. The last-place Bengals are 0-4 in the AFC North.

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