Ravens Report

December 21, 2008|By KEN MURRAY

CLUTCH VICTORY: The Ravens got two long touchdown runs from Willis McGahee (77 yards) and Le'Ron McClain (82 yards) in the final four minutes to beat the Dallas Cowboys, 33-24, last night and move a step closer to a playoff berth. At 10-5, the Ravens can clinch the No. 6 seed in the AFC with a win over Jacksonville next week.

COURAGEOUS EFFORT: Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason showed a veteran's passion with a huge game despite re-injuring his left shoulder. Mason, who dislocated the shoulder Nov. 9, came off the field in obvious pain three times in the first half. Unable to lift the arm, he still caught a 13-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to open a 16-7 Ravens lead.

PLAY OF THE GAME: The Ravens resorted to a fake field goal in the third to set up a crucial touchdown. With Matt Stover lined up to attempt a 40-yard field goal, holder Sam Koch took the snap and sprinted left for 9 yards and a first down to Dallas' 13. Two plays later, Mason scored the team's first touchdown in seven quarters.

BATTLE OF ATTRITION: The Ravens lost right tackle Willie Anderson to an ankle injury late in the first quarter, and it had big ramifications in first half, when Joe Flacco was sacked five times.

COMING ATTRACTION: The Ravens take their playoff bid into Week 17 against Jacksonville (5-10) at M&T Bank Stadium. The Jaguars blew a fourth-quarter lead at home Thursday and lost to the Colts.

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