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Ravens can secure wild card by beating Jaguars

Dec 23, 2008 - 4:46 PM
Jacksonville (5-10) at Baltimore (10-5), 4:15 pm EST

BALTIMORE (Ticker) -- The mission for the Baltimore Ravens is simple: Win and they're in.

The Ravens can lock up the final wild card spot in the AFC with a victory over the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Baltimore put itself in position to control its playoff destiny by grinding out a 33-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys last weekend.

Two long touchdown runs by Willis McGahee (77 yards) and Le'Ron McClain (82 yards) in the final four minutes sparked the upset in Dallas' final regular-season game at Texas Stadium.

"It wasn't a homecoming game. It was more like a mock funeral," said McGahee, who had the longest scoring run by an opponent at Texas Stadium until teammate McClain eclipsed it just over two minutes later.

Rookie Joe Flacco withstood five sacks to finish 17-of-25 for 149 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions as the Ravens bounced back from a gut-wrenching loss to Pittsburgh the previous week.

"That was pretty crazy, but it was good to see Willis bust through," Flacco said. "And Le'Ron gets the 80-yard run. It's a little surprising that he can get 80 yards without anyone getting him but he did a great job."

Baltimore's defense, which ranks third in the AFC in points allowed, bottled up the Cowboys for three quarters before Dallas put together two long scoring drives in the final quarter.

"This was a physical, hard-fought football game," first-year coach John Harbaugh said. "I can't even name all the guys that have injuries. My guys were excited, though. I think they were looking forward to coming here to put this place (Texas Stadium) to bed."

In the previous four games, the Ravens had yielded just 33 points - a major reason the team has rebounded from last season's 5-11 debacle that cost coach Brian Billick his job.

The unit should provide a daunting obstacle for the Jaguars, one of the league's biggest disappointments who have failed to score 20 points in eight games.

Jacksonville has lost five of its last six games, including last weekend's 31-24 defeat to the Indianapolis Colts in which the Jaguars blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead.

The Jaguars moved the ball at will for most of the contest against the Colts. David Garrard was 28-of-41 for a season-high 329 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also rushed for a score.

Maurice Jones-Drew also had a strong performance with a combined 162 yards rushing and receiving.






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    Jaguars 7, Ravens 27  FinalDec 29 5:17 AM


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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    JACKSONVILLE 7 0 0 0 7
    BALTIMORE 3 21 3 0 27 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: BAL - FG, MATT STOVER 32 YD, 5:35. Drive: 10
    plays, 65 yards in 5:35. Key plays:
    McClain 2-yard run on 3rd-and-1 to
    Baltimore 32; Flacco 48-yard pass
    to Clayton to Jacksonville 20.
    BALTIMORE

    Dec 28 7:04 PM


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    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    JACKSONVILLE 7 0 0 7
    BALTIMORE 3 21 3 27 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: BAL - FG, MATT STOVER 32 YD, 5:35. Drive: 10
    plays, 65 yards in 5:35. Key plays:
    McClain 2-yard run on 3rd-and-1 to
    Baltimore 32; Flacco 48-yard pass
    to Clayton to Jacksonville 20.
    BA

    Dec 28 6:22 PM



  • FG BAL MATT STOVER 41 YD





    Jaguars 7, Ravens 27  3rd - 3:26Dec 28 6:12 PM


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    FG BAL
    MATT STOVER 41 YD
    JACKSONVILLE 7
    BALTIMORE 27 3:26 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Jaguars 7, Ravens 27  3rd - 3:26Dec 28 6:12 PM
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    Jaguars 7, Ravens 24  HalfDec 28 5:48 PM


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    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    JACKSONVILLE 7 0 7
    BALTIMORE 3 21 24 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: BAL - FG, MATT STOVER 32 YD, 5:35. Drive: 10
    plays, 65 yards in 5:35. Key plays:
    McClain 2-yard run on 3rd-and-1 to
    Baltimore 32; Flacco 48-yard pass
    to Clayton to Jacksonville 20.
    BALTIM

    Dec 28 5:36 PM



  • TD BAL JAMEEL MCCLAIN 1 YD RUN (MATT STOVER KICK)






    Jaguars 7, Ravens 24  2nd - 0:44Dec 28 5:34 PM



  • TD BAL JAMEEL MCCLAIN 1 YD RUN (MATT STOVER KICK)






    Jaguars 7, Ravens 24  2nd - 0:44Dec 28 5:34 PM


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    TD BAL
    JAMEEL MCCLAIN 1 YD RUN
    (MATT STOVER KICK)
    JACKSONVILLE 7
    BALTIMORE 24 0:44 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Jaguars 7, Ravens 24  2nd - 0:44Dec 28 5:34 PM



  • TD BAL WILLIS MCGAHEE 13 YD RUN (MATT STOVER KICK)






    Jaguars 7, Ravens 17  2nd - 4:52Dec 28 5:19 PM



  • TD BAL WILLIS MCGAHEE 13 YD RUN (MATT STOVER KICK)






    Jaguars 7, Ravens 17  2nd - 4:52Dec 28 5:19 PM


  • NFL
    TD BAL
    WILLIS MCGAHEE 13 YD RUN
    (MATT STOVER KICK)
    JACKSONVILLE 7
    BALTIMORE 17 4:52 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Jaguars 7, Ravens 17  2nd - 4:52Dec 28 5:19 PM



  • TD BAL LE'RON MCCLAIN 5 YD RUN (MATT STOVER KICK)






    Jaguars 7, Ravens 10  2nd - 10:58Dec 28 5:03 PM



  • TD BAL LE'RON MCCLAIN 5 YD RUN (MATT STOVER KICK)






    Jaguars 7, Ravens 10  2nd - 10:58Dec 28 5:03 PM


  • NFL
    TD BAL
    LE'RON MCCLAIN 5 YD RUN
    (MATT STOVER KICK)
    JACKSONVILLE 7
    BALTIMORE 10 10:58 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Jaguars 7, Ravens 10  2nd - 10:58Dec 28 5:03 PM


  • NFL
    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    JACKSONVILLE 7 7
    BALTIMORE 3 3 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: BAL - FG, MATT STOVER 32 YD, 5:35. Drive: 10
    plays, 65 yards in 5:35. Key plays:
    McClain 2-yard run on 3rd-and-1 to
    Baltimore 32; Flacco 48-yard pass
    to Clayton to Jacksonville 20.
    BA

    Dec 28 4:53 PM



  • TD JAC ALVIN PEARMAN 23 YD PASS FROM DAVID GARRARD (JOSH SCOBEE KICK)







    Jaguars 7, Ravens 3  1st - 0:48Dec 28 4:50 PM



  • TD JAC ALVIN PEARMAN 23 YD PASS FROM DAVID GARRARD (JOSH SCOBEE KICK)







    Jaguars 7, Ravens 3  1st - 0:48Dec 28 4:50 PM



  • TD JAC ALVIN PEARMAN 23 YD PASS FROM DAVID GARRARD (JOSH SCOBEE KICK)







    Jaguars 7, Ravens 3  1st - 0:48Dec 28 4:50 PM


  • NFL
    TD JAC
    ALVIN PEARMAN 23 YD PASS FROM DAVID GARRARD
    (JOSH SCOBEE KICK)
    JACKSONVILLE 7
    BALTIMORE 3 0:48 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Jaguars 7, Ravens 3  1st - 0:48Dec 28 4:50 PM



  • FG BAL MATT STOVER 32 YD





    Jaguars 0, Ravens 3  1st - 9:25Dec 28 4:23 PM


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    FG BAL
    MATT STOVER 32 YD
    JACKSONVILLE 0
    BALTIMORE 3 9:25 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Jaguars 0, Ravens 3  1st - 9:25Dec 28 4:23 PM