Ravens 27

(7-2, 4-1 away)

Titans 26

(2-7, 1-3 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 12, 2006

LP Field, Nashville, TN 

1 2 3 4 T
BAL 7 10 0 1027
TEN 12 14 0 026

Top Performers

Passing: S. McNair (BAL) - 373 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: T. Henry (TEN) - 27 CAR, 107 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Clayton (BAL) - 7 REC, 125 YDS, 1 TD

McNair throws for 373 yards as Ravens improve to 7-2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- This is exactly why the Baltimore Ravens wanted Steve McNair.

The veteran threw his third touchdown of the game against his former team with 3:35 left Sunday, helping the Ravens rally from a big deficit to beat the Tennessee Titans 27-26 for their best start.

Scouts Inc.'s take ...
QB Steve McNair (right) settled down and got into rhythm after throwing two critical interceptions and taking a safety. After the Titans restricted the running lanes for RB Jamal Lewis, forcing the Ravens to pass, head coach Brian Billick relied more on the Ravens' exotic passing attack by utilizing multiple personnel grouping that created individual mismatches.

Defensively, the Ravens made the proper in-game adjustments and disrupted the rhythm and flow of the Titans' passing game. Baltimore brought up SS Dawan Landry as an extra defender in the box on heavy run-down tendencies, which put a lot of pressure on QB Vince Young. Defensive coordinator Rex Ryan relied more on his multiple zone dogs while playing more match-up zones on the back end in coverage that confused the young signal-caller.

The Ravens are 7-2 for the first time after trailing by 19 points -- the biggest comeback in team history. And McNair had a lot to do with it.

"His demeanor, it just never ceased to amaze me," coach Brian Billick said. "The calm this man has. At no point have I ever seen him blink there, and there was a few times to blink out there."

This game had enough to keep it interesting as McNair's homecoming to play the team that traded him to the Ravens in June because Baltimore offered more than Tennessee was willing to pay.

Then the teams combined for a handful of penalties and just downright weird plays for added measure. Billick even picked up an unsportsmanlike penalty for yelling at an official.

But McNair gave the Titans an expensive lesson.

"That's why you play this game," McNair said. "You're a competitor. Those are the things you go back and look at and say, 'Hey, this is what we get paid for: to come back and win games."

The Titans (2-7) had a last chance to send McNair back to Maryland a loser. But Trevor Pryce blocked a 43-yard field-goal attempt by Rob Bironas with 33 seconds left, allowing McNair to celebrate on the field where he had won so many games before.

What a kick
Matt Stover
Baltimore kicker Matt Stover, who went 2-for-2 on field goals against Tennessee, has connected on 36 consecutive field goal attempts, third most in NFL history.
Mike Vanderjagt42 IND
Gary Anderson40 SF-MIN
Matt Stover36BAL
Neil Rackers31ARI

"The fact that we came out of here with a win is pretty amazing to me, quite honestly," Pryce said.

Titans coach Jeff Fisher could only congratulate his former quarterback.

"When you have a chance to win the game, you have to take advantage of it, and we didn't," Fisher said.

Baltimore needed McNair because a defense that came in as one of the NFL's stingiest overall and against the run gave up 162 yards rushing with Ray Lewis sidelined by a sore back.

McNair finished 29-of-47 for 373 yards passing, including a 65-yard TD pass to Mark Clayton that was his longest completion since the 2003 season.

The Titans had every chance to show McNair they're doing just fine without him.

Lamont Thompson intercepted two of McNair's passes.

And McNair's successor and protege Vince Young ran for a touchdown as the Titans scored 23 straight points in the first half, and that included 16 off McNair mistakes -- a safety when McNair backed out of the end zone under pressure, a touchdown drive off the ensuing free kick and Travis Henry scored a 1-yard TD run after the first interception.

But McNair, the winningest quarterback in Tennessee history, knows how to win.

Elias Says
Tennessee Titans
The Ravens set a record for their 11-year-old franchise for the largest deficit overcome (19 points) in a victory. Correspondingly, it was the largest lead that the Titans or their predecessors, the Oilers, had ever possessed in a regular-season game that they went on to lose. Of course, the Houston Oilers had the granddaddy of all postseason blown leads: In the 1992 playoffs, they held a 32-point lead over the Bills only to see Buffalo come back to win, 41-38, in overtime.

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He found Clayton wide open on his second pass of the game. He also connected with Ovie Mughelli for a 30-yarder to start the comeback, and McNair set up a pair of field goals by Matt Stover.

Then he put the Ravens ahead to stay by tossing a 12-yarder to another ex-Tennessee teammate, Derrick Mason. Stover's extra point put Baltimore up 27-26.

The rebuilding Titans led 26-17 at halftime, scoring almost as many points in 30 minutes as they in any game this season against a defense that had allowed only three TDs inside its 20.

But Tennessee could not hold onto the ball long enough in the second half, and a couple bizarre plays took it away when the Titans did.

The Titans thought they recovered a fumble when Tony Brown stripped Mike Anderson. Officials called Anderson down by contact even though defensive tackle Robaire Smith had the ball.

Fisher challenged, and referee Jeff Triplette upheld the ruling even though replay clearly showed the ball coming out. He said there was a fumble but "no clear recovery."

"That was a bad call by the umpire," said Fisher, co-chairman of the NFL's competition committee who added he never should have had to challenge the call.

Then the Titans faked a punt on fourth-and-6 at their 39. Donnie Nickey handed off to Ben Troupe, who dropped the ball, recovered it and ran downfield to the Baltimore 27. Officials flagged Tennessee for illegal formation, which the Ravens declined, and gave the ball to them at the Titans 37.

Tennessee welcomed back McNair with a video montage before kickoff to Green Day's "Good Riddance," with the chorus "Hope you had the time of your life." Fans responded with a standing ovation for their ex-quarterback.

Game notes

The Ravens' previous biggest comeback was 17 points against Seattle on Nov. 23, 2003, a game they won in overtime. ... McNair's 65-yarder was the fifth-longest of his career. ... The Ravens sent out their three ex-Titans -- McNair, Mason and Samari Rolle -- as their captains for the coin toss.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1919
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6965
Total Yards421367
Yards per play6.15.6
Total Drives1315
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-23-5
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

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Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

tenFG11:12Rob Bironas 21 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 66 yds, 3:51
balTD9:40Mark Clayton, 65 yd pass from Steve McNair (Matt Stover kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 74 yds, 1:39
tenTD5:28Vince Young, 15 yd run (Rob Bironas kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 64 yds, 4:08
Drive info: 3 plays, -2 yds, 0:17
tenTD14:59Bo Scaife, 13 yd run (Rob Bironas kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 53 yds, 1:10
tenTD9:55Travis Henry, 1 yd run (Rob Bironas kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 29 yds, 3:50
balTD5:01Ovie Mughelli, 30 yd pass from Steve McNair (Matt Stover kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 5:00
balFG0:03Matt Stover 27 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 60 yds, 1:45
balFG14:10Matt Stover 40 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 21 yds, 2:07
balTD3:39Derrick Mason, 11 yd pass from Steve McNair (Matt Stover kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 50 yds, 1:34