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
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.4||3.9|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||0-1||2-3|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||10:21||Malcom Floyd, 31 yd pass from Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding kick is good)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 69 yds, 4:39
|TD||5:33||Daniel Wilcox, 5 yd pass from Steve McNair (Matt Stover kick is good)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 22 yds, 2:52
|FG||14:56||Nate Kaeding 34 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 10 plays, 46 yds, 5:37
|FG||1:56||Nate Kaeding 54 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 5 plays, 20 yds, 1:17
|SF||3:17||Mike Scifres rush for a -7 yards Tackled.|
Drive info: 4 plays, -9 yds, 2:17
|TD||0:41||Todd Heap, 10 yd pass from Steve McNair (Matt Stover kick is good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 60 yds, 2:38