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
"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."
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
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
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.
"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.
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).
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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