8:00 PM ET, November 30, 2006
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Playing with a chance to win a title, the Baltimore Ravens crossed midfield once in the first three quarters. Their fearsome defense got caught flat-footed by a sandlot play.Maybe T.J. Houshmandzadeh is right after all.
In five games during November, Chad Johnson caught 36 passes for 695 yards, including eight receptions for 91 yards on Thursday night. That's the second-highest total of receiving yards during a calendar month for any player in NFL history (including the AFL). Charley Hennigan gained 822 yards on 33 catches for the Houston Oilers in Oct. 1961. Over the last six seasons (since 2001), the only other player with as many as 600 yards on receptions in a calendar month was Torry Holt (609 for the Rams in Nov. 2003).
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|Cincinnati's pass blockers picked up the Ravens' exotic blitzes and elite pass rushers with little trouble. The Bengals' cornerbacks were spectacular. That tight coverage on the outside forced Steve McNair to throw to his check downs and Baltimore really struggled to stretch the field. Also because of the cornerback play, Cincinnati used SS Dexter Jackson in the box quite a bit and he responded with a very productive game. On the flip side, Baltimore's cornerbacks were abused repeatedly by Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Cincinnati dominated every facet of special teams and that hidden yardage made the Ravens' offense's job that much more difficult. After a very emotional game on Sunday against the hated Steelers, Baltimore didn't play this game with the same sort of emotion on the road in the rain with a very short week.|
Ravens FB Justin Green hurt his right ankle in the third quarter and didn't return. ... Bengals second-string center Eric Ghiaciuc sprained his right knee late in the first half and didn't return. Center Ben Wilkerson made his NFL debut in the second half. ... Palmer's passer rating was 97.7, ending his streak of three straight games above 120.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.0||5.2|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||0-2||0-2|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|FG||14:53||Shayne Graham 23 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 14 plays, 77 yds, 7:03
|FG||5:00||Shayne Graham 27 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 12 plays, 60 yds, 6:14
|TD||11:34||T.J. Houshmandzadeh, 40 yd pass from Carson Palmer (Shayne Graham kick is good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 76 yds, 2:39
|TD||1:09||Derrick Mason, 36 yd pass from Steve McNair (Matt Stover kick is good)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 63 yds, 1:54