Final

Ravens 10

(4-3, 2-2 away)

Eagles 15

(7-0, 4-0 home)

1:00 PM ET, October 31, 2004

 

1 2 3 4 T
BAL 3 0 0 710
PHI 3 3 0 915

Eagles dancing with Owens' TD

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Terrell Owens gave Ray Lewis some dance tips, mocking the All-Pro linebacker with a few of his own moves and making even more enemies in Baltimore.

Allen's Analysis
Eric Allen What was most impressive about this "grind it out" win by the Eagles?
This was a test against a tough defense the Eagles had to pass. The Ravens have one of the best pass defenses in the league and the Eagles needed to show they could run their offense on anyone. While it wasn't pretty and they weren't nearly as effective as they had been against other teams, the Eagles still walked away with a victory. They stuck with WR Terrell Owens and he came out shining like a brand new penny. He was marked by one of the league's best defenses and still scored a touchdown -- a team can't ask for anything more.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.

Owens had an 11-yard TD catch and David Akers kicked three field goals, helping the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Baltimore Ravens 15-10 Sunday to reach 7-0 for the first time in franchise history.

Owens, who angered Lewis and other Ravens when he spurned Baltimore and forced a trade to the Eagles in March, had eight catches for 101 yards. After breaking several tackles to score in the fourth quarter, Owens, known for his innovative celebrations, imitated the dance Lewis does when he's introduced before home games.

"Don't be a coward and wait until you make one play to do something," Lewis said. "What's flattering is he has me on his mind when he's at home."

Lewis and Owens have exchanged verbal shots since the four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver refused to play for the Ravens after San Francisco initially traded him to Baltimore.

"I had a little fun out there," Owens said. "I can't do it like he does, but I tried my best. If you don't like what I do, stop me from getting in the end zone."

The Ravens' offense, missing three Pro Bowl players, sure could have used Owens. They didn't score until Kyle Boller threw a 7-yard TD pass to Daniel Wilcox in the fourth quarter.

Baltimore (4-3) drove to Philadelphia's 48 in the final two minutes, but Boller's fourth-down pass was incomplete.

"We lost the game and you can't ever feel good about a loss," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "With the circumstances, on the road, against a championship-caliber club, with the adversity we faced, I'm not going to go home and slit my wrists."

Donovan McNabb completed 18 of 33 passes for 219 yards and a TD, and also scrambled for 36 yards, setting up two field goals with his runs. Akers kicked field goals of 20, 41 and 43.

Leading 9-3, the Eagles got the ball at their own 35 after Chester Taylor fumbled in the fourth quarter. Then, McNabb and Owens took over. The two connected on passes of 15 and 11 yards, before hooking up for a score that made it 15-3.

Owens' celebration got more attention than his play.

"His dance made me sick," Ravens defensive end Anthony Weaver said. "I would not want to mess with Ray and that is all I have to say."

Not all the Ravens were upset with Owens.

"T.O.'s good for the game," said cornerback Deion Sanders, one of the most flamboyant players in the league. "He's great for the game of football. He brings a lot of flavor to a somewhat boring sport. I'm OK with it."

In the first half, the Eagles drove to Baltimore's 3 and 1, but only got three points. McNabb fumbled at the Ravens 1 early in the second quarter.

Akers' 43-yarder at the start of the fourth put the Eagles ahead 9-3. McNabb had a 24-yard pass to Owens and a 13-yard scramble during the drive. Akers' 41-yard field goal gave the Eagles a 6-3 lead in the second.

After a 39-yard pass interference penalty against Chris McAlister on McNabb's pass to Todd Pinkston put the ball at Baltimore's 4, the Eagles settled for a 20-yarder by Akers, taking a 3-0 lead.

"They're a very good defense," McNabb said. "There's a reason why they're one of the top three."

Matt Stover's 44-yard field goal tied it at 3 in the first.

The Eagles played without running back Brian Westbrook, out with a cracked rib.

Baltimore was without Pro Bowl tight end Todd Heap (ankle), All-Pro running back Jamal Lewis (suspension) and All-Pro tackle Jonathan Ogden (hamstring).

The disparity between the two offenses was evident on consecutive possessions in the third quarter. The Eagles passed on third-and-1 (McNabb was sacked) and the Ravens ran on third-and-9 (Taylor got 1 yard).

Game notes


Eagles DE Jevon Kearse had two sacks, though he got a 15-yard facemask penalty on one of them. ... TE Mike Bartrum underthrew a pass to Owens after a lateral from McNabb. ... The Ravens were penalized 66 yards in the first quarter. ... Sanders returned two punts for 9 yards. ... The Eagles wore black jerseys for the first time this season. ... Eagles G Jermane Mayberry (calf strain) and S/KR J.R. Reed (hamstring) left in the third quarter.

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Scoring Summary

FOURTH QUARTERBALPHI
balTD6:09Touchdown
Drive info: 6 plays, 72 yds, 2:49
915
FIRST QUARTERBALPHI
phiFG12:19David Akers 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 55 yds, 1:41
03
FOURTH QUARTERBALPHI
bal6:09
Drive info: 6 plays, 72 yds, 2:49
1015
phiTD9:19Touchdown
Drive info: 9 plays, 65 yds, 3:40
315
phiFG15:00David Akers 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 59 yds, 2:19
39
SECOND QUARTERBALPHI
phiFG5:10David Akers 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 57 yds, 4:23
36
FIRST QUARTERBALPHI
balFG2:44Matt Stover 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 47 yds, 6:03
33