An uplifting victory


remember when?

December 05, 2008|By Source: Baltimore Sun archives

Sunday night's game marks the first time the Redskins will play a regular-season game at M&T Bank Stadium. The Redskins and Ravens have met three times, all in Washington, with the Ravens holding a 2-1 edge in the series. The last time the teams met, Oct. 10, 2004, the Ravens pulled out a hard-fought 17-10 victory to claim the "Battle of the Beltways."

WHAT HAPPENED: : The Ravens' offense could only put up a field goal on the scoreboard, but the defense and special teams each accounted for a touchdown in the win in front of 90,287 at FedEx Field and a national TV audience. Ravens safety Ed Reed forced a fumble and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown. With the Ravens trailing 10-0 in the third quarter, Reed knocked the ball out of Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell's hand, then picked up the loose ball and returned it for his fifth career touchdown. After the defense forced the Redskins three-and-out, Ravens punt returner B.J. Sams fielded the punt, faked a reverse to Deion Sanders and went 78 yards for the score to give the Ravens their first lead, 14-10.

KEY STATS: : Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller threw for only 81 yards and a career-high three interceptions. ... The Ravens' defense allowed just 107 yards of offense. ... After being contained in the first half, Ravens running back Jamal Lewis rushed for 97 yards in the second half.

QUOTABLE: : "We never doubted ourselves. We wanted to keep fighting and keep fighting hard. This is the Battle of the Beltways. This was for all the bragging rights. We don't play each other until 2008, so this will soak in for a while."

- Reed

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