Ravens Report

January 11, 2009|By JAMISON HENSLEY

JOE COOL: On the Ravens' final drive, Joe Flacco completed two of his three passes, connecting on a 23-yard pass to Todd Heap to convert a third down and hitting Mark Clayton for 8 yards to set up the winning kick.

STOVER DELIVERS: Matt Stover converted the first playoff game-winner of his 19-year career, hitting a 43-yard field goal with 53 seconds remaining. The kick was more impressive when you consider he was limited all week in practice because of a sore right ankle.

STUBBORN DEFENSE: After giving up a touchdown in the first quarter, the Ravens allowed the Titans to get inside their 40-yard line six more times but surrendered only one field goal. The Ravens' defense forced three turnovers on its own side of the field.

BIG-PLAY OFFENSE: Despite being out-gained 391 to 211 yards, the Ravens got the plays when they needed them out of their offense. A 48-yard touchdown pass from Flacco to Derrick Mason tied the score at 7. A 37-yarder from Flacco to Clayton led to a 21-yard field goal by Stover. And a 23-yarder from Flacco to Heap set up the game-winner.

THEY SAID IT: "I would say this would be No. 1. But we got some more kicks to go. Let's just be humble about that." Stover (right) on where he ranks yesterday's game-winner.

COMING ATTRACTION: The Ravens advanced to their first AFC championship game since January 2001 and will play at the winner of today's San Diego-Pittsburgh game. The Ravens lost both meetings to the Steelers this season (by a combined seven points). They haven't faced the Chargers this season.

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