Final

Titans 13

(5-0, 2-0 away)

Ravens 10

(2-2, 2-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, October 5, 2008

M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD 

1 2 3 4 T
TEN 0 3 0 1013
BAL 3 0 7 010

Top Performers

Passing: K. Collins (TEN) - 163 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: W. McGahee (BAL) - 22 CAR, 64 YDS

Receiving: B. Scaife (TEN) - 7 REC, 72 YDS

Titans rally past Ravens to remain undefeated

Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- Facing a rugged Baltimore Ravens defense that still conjures unpleasant memories, Kerry Collins trotted onto the field needing to mount an 80-yard touchdown drive to keep the Tennessee Titans unbeaten.

His first big play was to get hit in the helmet. Soon after that, Collins threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Alge Crumpler with 1:56 left to rally Tennessee to a 13-10 victory Sunday.

Fast Facts

• The Titans continue their best start in franchise history as they improved to 5-0 thanks to Alge Crumpler's first receiving touchdown since joining the Titans.

• Tennessee has won eight straight in the regular season dating to last season, the longest current regular-season win streak in the NFL.

• The Ravens failed in their attempt to win their first three home game for the first time since 2001.

Baltimore's Le'Ron McClain scored a one-yard touchdown, his fourth TD in the last three games and third straight game with a score.

-- ESPN research

The last time he started against the Ravens, Collins was thoroughly ineffective for the New York Giants in a 34-7 loss in the 2001 Super Bowl. This win didn't serve as revenge, but it sure helped ease the pain of that humbling setback.

"It's hard to forget that one. Obviously, it wasn't one of my better days," Collins said. "Sure, I wanted to beat them, [but] I wanted to go 5-0 most of all."

The Titans trailed 10-6 in the fourth quarter before Collins engineered the pivotal 11-play scoring drive. The march was extended by a penalty against Baltimore's Terrell Suggs, who was flagged for a blow to Collins' helmet -- although the hit appeared to be little more than incidental contact.

At least that's how Suggs saw it.

"If anybody can go back and show something I did illegal, then I would be happy to say I messed up and got what I deserved," he said. "We hit arms. It just goes to show the referee has too much power."

It was the last of several personal foul calls in a game marred by numerous skirmishes. Tennessee was penalized 10 times for 78 yards, including a pair of 15-yard infractions that fueled both Baltimore's scoring drives.

The Ravens (2-2) were assessed 11 penalties for 91 yards in a matchup between two teams that once were, and seem to still be, bitter rivals.

"We are the bad boys of football. They are always going to look at us like that," Suggs said. "From the way the game was going, I think the referee just probably wanted to feel important."

The third-and-10 play began with a false start call against Tennessee, but play continued and Suggs' hit trumped the 5-yard penalty against the Titans.

"He got him on the side of the helmet," referee Bill Carollo said. "We're blowing the whistle, blowing the whistle. He may not have heard that ... but he still can't hit the quarterback on the helmet."

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Collins threw an incomplete pass on the play, but was provided with a new set of downs and coolly directed Tennessee into the end zone.

Frustrated by Baltimore's top-ranked defense for much of the game, Collins finished 17-for-32 for 163 yards and two interceptions.

"Obviously, they're a tough defense. It wasn't always pretty today. It wasn't my best game," Collins said. "But at the end of the game we found a way to win."

After Tennessee went up 13-10, Baltimore rookie quarterback Joe Flacco was intercepted by Nick Harper, assuring the Ravens a second straight defeat.

Flacco, who went 18-for-27 for 153 yards and two interceptions, was 10 years old when Collins launched his NFL career in 1995.

"I like how, with 6 minutes left, Kerry came in and commanded the game," Tennessee linebacker Keith Bulluck said. "He showed his poise and his leadership qualities in that last drive when we scored. Being a 14-year vet, with all the things he's done, I don't care how much talent a young quarterback has, they don't have that. They haven't played enough games."

The Ravens took a 10-3 lead with a 71-yard touchdown drive at the start of the second half. Flacco threw a 22-yard pass to Demetrius Williams and the Titans received two personal foul penalties before Le'Ron McClain scored from the 1. Tennessee also received a 15-yard penalty on the conversion.

It was the first points scored in the third quarter against the Titans this season.

Tennessee closed to 10-6 with 12:49 left when Rob Bironas kicked a 26-yard field goal to end a 13-play, 81-yard drive that featured three completions to Brandon Jones for 54 yards.

The Titans made only four first downs and 68 yards in a penalty-filled first half, which ended 3-3.

Game notes


Michael Phelps, wearing a No. 8 Ravens jersey to coincide with his gold medal count at the Olympics, was on hand for the opening coin toss. ... Ravens OT Adam Terry left in the second quarter with an injured right knee. ... Tennessee has not allowed more than 17 points in nine straight games.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TEN
BAL
1st Downs1422
Passing 1st downs
119
Rushing 1st downs
110
1st downs from penalties
23
3rd down efficiency
6-137-14
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays5465
Total Yards210285
Yards per play3.94.4
Total Drives1010
Passing163153
Comp-Att
17-3218-27
Yards per pass
5.15.7
Interceptions thrown
22
Sacks-Yards Lost
0-00-0
Rushing47132
Rushing Attempts
2238
Yards per rush
2.13.5
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-31-1
Penalties10-7811-91
Turnovers22
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
22
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession25:3234:28

Passing Leaders

TENC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Collins17/321635.1120-0
BALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Flacco18/271535.7020-0

Rushing Leaders

TENCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson18442.4013
White341.305
BALCARYDSAVGTDLG
McGahee22642.9016
McClain11514.619

Receiving Leaders

TENRECYDSAVGTDLG
Scaife77210.3015
Jones35418.0026
BALRECYDSAVGTDLG
Heap44110.3017
Mason5387.6010

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTENBAL
balFG5:56Matt Stover 38 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 46 yds, 5:46
03
SECOND QUARTERTENBAL
tenFG8:00Rob Bironas 35 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 0 yds, 0:48
33
THIRD QUARTERTENBAL
balTD9:27Le'Ron McClain, 1 yd run (Matt Stover kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 71 yds, 5:37
310
FOURTH QUARTERTENBAL
tenFG12:51Rob Bironas 26 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 81 yds, 5:17
610
tenTD2:00Alge Crumpler, 11 yd pass from Kerry Collins (Rob Bironas kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yds, 4:09
1310