1:00 PM ET, October 1, 2006
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
|Len Pasquarelli's take ...|
|Steve McNair, acquired from Tennessee in a June 8 trade meant to add stability, maturity, leadership and victories like the one accomplished here, proved again to be a human defibrillator for the Ravens, Len Pasquarelli writes.|
|Scouts Inc.'s take ...|
As expected, this was a dogfight between great defenses. The Chargers used a no-huddle attack early, throwing Baltimore's defense off.
That approach kept the Ravens from substituting freely and helped the Chargers dictate tempo. San Diego also used different jumbo offensive personnel groupings effectively, and Baltimore used a lot of its 4-4-3 scheme to counter. In the first half, the Chargers owned the time of possession, yardage and field position battles. In the second half, both defenses dominated and forced mistakes.
The Chargers, however, could not put the Ravens away. The Ravens spent their second-half timeouts early and couldn't stop the clock in the final minutes, but they won thanks to a late drive led by Steve McNair. The clutch performance was McNair's coming-out party in Baltimore.
Scifres had a 71-yard punt in the fourth quarter. ... Baltimore G Edwin Mulitalo (elbow) left in the fourth quarter and did not return. ... Kaeding made 15 straight FG tries before missing from 40.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.4||3.9|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||4:39||Malcom Floyd 31 Yd Pass From Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding Kick) |
Drive: 9 plays, 69 yds, 4:39
|TD||9:32||Daniel Wilcox 5 Yd Pass From Steve Mcnair (Matt Stover Kick) |
Drive: 5 plays, 22 yds, 2:52
|FG||0:09||Nate Kaeding 34 Yd |
Drive: 10 plays, 46 yds, 5:32
|FG||13:09||Nate Kaeding 54 Yd |
Drive: 5 plays, 20 yds, 1:17
|SF||11:44||Mike Scifres Tackled By Ed Reed In End Zone||13||9|
|TD||14:26||Todd Heap 10 Yd Pass From Steve Mcnair (Matt Stover Kick) |
Drive: 6 plays, 60 yds, 2:38