It Got Ugly Quick

Remember When Ravens At Packers, 1998

December 04, 2009|By Source: Baltimore Sun archives

The Ravens, who started the 1998 season at 2-2, lost their third straight game when the Green Bay Packers limited them to 233 yards of total offense in a 28-10 win at legendary Lambeau Field on Oct. 25, 1998. In addition, the Ravens had a full-blown quarterback controversy as Eric Zeier was replaced by Jim Harbaugh in the second half. The key play was a 71-yard punt return by the Packers' Roell Preston just 1:47 into the game. It put the Packers up 7-0 at home, where they had won 25 of their past 26 games.

WHAT HAPPENED: : For the Ravens, when the quarterbacks weren't misfiring the receivers were dropping passes. The Ravens converted just two of 15 third downs and dropped as many passes as were completed (17) by Zeier and Harbaugh. After Preston's punt return, the Packers increased their lead to 14-0 with 45 seconds left in the first quarter and eventually went up 21-0.

KEY STATS: : Zeier was eight of 19 for 34 yards in his half of work. Harbaugh was slightly better, completing nine of 20 passes for 174 yards. ... The Ravens had just 56 rushing yards against the Packers and were penalized 12 times for 98 yards. ... Packers quarterback Brett Favre was 22 of 41 for 260 yards.

QUOTABLE: : "Now we have to find out who has character and who doesn't, who is going to lay down and who is going to play." - Michael McCrary, defensive end

QUOTABLE: : "We have to do better, we had plays, then didn't make them. We need better execution. They were more physical than we were. We dropped some passes, but it was not all their [receivers'] fault. Some of the passes were a little too hard. Initially, we tried to go deep, but then we have a breakdown on protection. We have to regroup." - Ted Marchibroda, Ravens coach

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