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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | January 20, 2000
In a quiet conversation before Sunday's AFC divisional playoff game, Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher reminded star running back Eddie George of his suddenly expanding role. "I told him when we traded up in the 1996 draft to get him, this was the reason," Fisher said. "You need the running back to win games like this." It has become clear, two rounds into the NFL's postseason tournament, that the Titans will go as far as George can carry them. After rushing for 106 yards in a 22-16 win over the Buffalo Bills, George powered for 162 yards in a 19-16 decision over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
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Kevin Cowherd | February 16, 2013
Ray Lewis was born to play football, so much so that you wonder if he'll ever find the joy and satisfaction in the rest of his life that he found on the field. You go ahead and pick your iconic image of the man. Here's mine: No. 52 with shoulders hunched, glowering across the line of scrimmage, face paint streaked with sweat, eyes boring in on the quarterback in the seconds before the ball is snapped. Whether we ever got to know the real Ray Lewis in his 17 years in Baltimore is debatable, and we'll get to that in a moment.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | January 27, 2000
ATLANTA -- If not for his mother, Eddie George could be asking questions this week. Questions like, "Would you like fries with that?" Instead, the Tennessee Titans running back is at the Super Bowl answering questions from the media pack. George said that if his mother hadn't sent him to a military academy when he was 15 years old, his life would have turned out a lot differently. "I wouldn't be in jail somewhere, but I don't think I would be as successful as I am. I'd probably be a manager at a fast-food restaurant or something," he said.
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By Matt Vensel | April 12, 2011
In a recent appearance on 105.7 The Fan, former Broncos running back Terrell Davis suggested that the Ravens were under-utilizing Ray Rice to keep his market value down. Asked about this on Monday, Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason said the physical toll that backs take require teams to “bring in two good backs.” “I don’t think they’re trying to keep the value of a running back down,” Mason said on “The Norris & Davis Show. " “They understand that when you have a back like Ray -- a very good back -- but to give him the ball 25, 30 times a game, it’s a wear and tear on your body.
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December 16, 1998
Meet Eddie GeorgeThe Tennessee Oilers are a team to be feared, and Eddie George is the reason. In only three seasons, Eddie has become one of the NFL's top running backs. "He's just too tough to handle," says Oiler tight end Frank Wycheck.Eddie is an explosive runner. In 1997, he rushed for 1,399 yards on 357 carries.At Ohio State University, Eddie was outstanding, too.In 1995, Eddie won the Heisman Trophy as the best player in college football.SPORTS FUNNIESQ. What is the pig's best karate move?
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By Mike Preston | December 6, 1998
The formation: One-back set, trips left.The action: At the snap, wide receiver Willie Davis (84), split wide right, releases inside and goes after the safety while wide receiver Kevin Dyson (87), split far left, seals on the corner, and H-back Frank Wycheck (89) blocks on the strong safety. Backside guard Jason Layman and tackle Jon Runyan seal off, and center Mark Stepnoski steps play-side to block the middle linebacker. Play-side guard Bruce Matthews, left tackle Scott Sanderson and tight end Jackie Harris zone block.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | September 17, 2005
The last time the Ravens and Tennessee Titans played, running back Chris Brown, a backup to a star on his last leg, showed that the team's running game would be in good hands for years to come. Brown rushed for 61 yards and the game's first touchdown in the Titans' 20-17 playoff win in the 2003 season. He and starter Eddie George gashed the Ravens for 149 yards rushing, providing a 1-2 punch that wore down the defense. "They did a good job, came out in two-tight ends with [Brown] and Eddie George and ran the ball really well," Ravens defensive tackle Kelly Gregg said.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | January 4, 2001
The Ravens have set their sights on Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair. Confident of controlling Titans running back Eddie George for the fourth straight time, the Ravens believe Tennessee must rely on McNair to make plays. The sixth-year veteran was the difference in the Titans' 14-6 win over the Ravens on Oct. 22. With Tennessee behind 6-0, he finished off a late first-half drive by eluding the rush with a scramble before hitting Rodney Thomas for a 9-yard touchdown pass. It nearly happened again in Tennessee's 24-23 loss to the Ravens on Nov. 12. After the Ravens' go-ahead score, McNair found Eddie George for an 11-yard gain and then scrambled 20 yards to the Ravens' 25-yard line.
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By Ken Murray | November 13, 2000
Best redemptive play: Ravens WR Patrick Johnson, catching a 2-yard out for the winning touchdown with 25 seconds left, after dropping a certain 78-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Least redemptive play: Titans K Al Del Greco, who missed the extra point after an 87-yard interception return, missed a potential game-winning 43-yard field goal on the last play of the game. Best read: Ravens TE Shannon Sharpe, seeing QB Trent Dilfer scramble on third-and-five on the game-winning drive, improvised with a sideline move and 36-yard catch.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF | January 4, 2004
If the Ravens' game plan was to not let league co-Most Valuable Player Steve McNair beat them through the air yesterday, they achieved their goal. Unfortunately for the Ravens, they never bargained on Eddie George and the Tennessee Titans' running game having such a big impact. To a man, the Ravens felt their season came to a frustrating 20-17 end yesterday at M&T Bank Stadium because of their inability to stop the Titans on the ground. "They stuck to their game plan and we weren't able to stop them running the ball," outside linebacker Cornell Brown said.
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Mike Preston | October 21, 2010
It's impossible to go through the 2000 Super Bowl season without remembering the Ravens' divisional playoff win over the Tennessee Titans in Nashville. There is no better game in team history. I covered it live and have watched it six times on tape. The game was exciting, exhilarating and exhausting. There were more subplots and story lines than a TV reality show, and as much drama and theatrics as any prime-time event from World Wrestling Entertainment. In that 60-minute period, a season was played out in microcosm as Ravens coach Brian Billick milked every ounce of energy and passion from his players, and from himself.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | September 17, 2005
The last time the Ravens and Tennessee Titans played, running back Chris Brown, a backup to a star on his last leg, showed that the team's running game would be in good hands for years to come. Brown rushed for 61 yards and the game's first touchdown in the Titans' 20-17 playoff win in the 2003 season. He and starter Eddie George gashed the Ravens for 149 yards rushing, providing a 1-2 punch that wore down the defense. "They did a good job, came out in two-tight ends with [Brown] and Eddie George and ran the ball really well," Ravens defensive tackle Kelly Gregg said.
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By Jamison Hensley and Sun Staff | January 4, 2004
On a day when the Ravens lost their smash-mouth identity, their most physical shove of the game came back to push them out of the playoffs. An unnecessary roughness penalty on offensive tackle Orlando Brown became the game-turning play as the Ravens fell to the Tennessee Titans, 20-17, in an AFC wild-card game before 69,452 at M&T Bank Stadium last night. Brown's two-handed pop on Titans defensive end Jevon Kearse moved the Ravens back 15 yards before their final punt and helped Tennessee start its drive at its own 37-yard line.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF | January 4, 2004
If the Ravens' game plan was to not let league co-Most Valuable Player Steve McNair beat them through the air yesterday, they achieved their goal. Unfortunately for the Ravens, they never bargained on Eddie George and the Tennessee Titans' running game having such a big impact. To a man, the Ravens felt their season came to a frustrating 20-17 end yesterday at M&T Bank Stadium because of their inability to stop the Titans on the ground. "They stuck to their game plan and we weren't able to stop them running the ball," outside linebacker Cornell Brown said.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | January 3, 2004
One of the best individual rivalries in the NFL has become a near afterthought. With all the focus on the Tennessee Titans' passing attack, plus the attention given to Jamal Lewis' historic season, little room was left for Ray Lewis vs. Eddie George this week. Lewis, the Ravens' intimidating linebacker and this season's NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and the Titans' George, the team's leading rusher since moving to Tennessee, likely will meet early in today's first-round playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium.
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By KEN MURRAY | December 14, 2003
If it wasn't his revolving quarterbacks, it was his troubled running back. If it wasn't the running back, it was his recalcitrant wide receiver. If it wasn't the wide receiver, it was his injury-racked offensive line. It was always something this year for Butch Davis, struggling through the worst of his three seasons as coach of the Cleveland Browns. Today in Denver, it figures to get a little worse. That's because Davis' draft past will come back to haunt him in the person of Broncos running back Clinton Portis.
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January 16, 2000
NFC divisional Time: 12: 35 p.m. TV: Chs. 45, 5. Line: Rams by 7. Vs. spread: Vikings 4-10. Rams 13-3. Vs. common opponents: Vikings 5-2. Rams 6-1. Last week: Vikings beat Cowboys, 27-10, in wild-card game. Rams had a bye. Series: Vikings lead 21-12-2. Last meeting: Vikings won, 38-31, on Sept. 13, 1998, at St. Louis. Worth watching: Rams QB Kurt Warner, a backup at the beginning of training camp but now the NFL's Most Valuable Player starts his first playoff game. It's the third career playoff start for the Vikings' Jeff George.
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January 28, 2001
How the Ravens' and Giants' defenses performed on the way to tonight's meeting in Super Bowl XXXV. Week 1 Ravens: Hold Pittsburgh's Jerome Bettis to 8 yards on nine carries. ... Record first shutout. Giants: Hold Arizona to 43 yards rushing. ... Allow season-high 312 yards passing. Week 2 Ravens: Allow season-high 36 points to Jacksonville. ... WR Jimmy Smith catches 15 passes for 291 yards. Giants: Limit Philadelphia's Duce Staley to 11 yards on seven carries. ... Record three sacks.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | November 24, 2002
In a rivalry spiced up by images of 2-by-4's and banshee spears, the Ravens are looking to regain their punishing mind-set on run defense against the Tennessee Titans today at Ravens Stadium. Once considered the standard in shutting down running backs, the Ravens lost their run-stopping core in the offseason as well as their edge. For the first time in more than four years, the Ravens have allowed 100-yard rushers in consecutive weeks. Now, the wounded Ravens (4-6) are looking to tap into their glory days in their bitter reunion with the Titans (6-4)
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By Jamison Hensley and Sun reporter | October 8, 2001
Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher reportedly told his players during the week to hit the Ravens with a 2-by-4. Instead, the Ravens cold-cocked his Titans with a hammering defense. Learning of Fisher's comments only moments before the game, the Ravens uncorked a furious rebuttal in a 26-7 defeat of the Titans before a club-record 69,494 at PSINet Stadium yesterday. With the 14th victory in their past 15 tries, the Ravens (3-1) remained tied with the Cleveland Browns atop the AFC Central while dealing divisional rival Tennessee (0-3)
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