4:15 PM ET, September 30, 2001
Nine months after losing to Baltimore in the AFC playoffs, the Broncos failed to prove that their New Year's Eve flop was an aberration, losing to the Ravens 20-13 in the regular-season rematch Sunday. The Ravens (2-1), who beat Denver 21-3 on their way to the Super Bowl title last year, limited Denver to 228 yards in total offense and forced three turnovers to rebound from a surprising loss the Cincinnati Bengals last week. "I guarantee from here on out, if you beat the Ravens, you've beat a darn good football team," Baltimore tight end Shannon Sharpe said. "You cannot drive 85 or 90 yards and beat our defense. You can't do it." It looked like it the Broncos (2-1) might not have to worry about long scoring drives as Brian Griese threw a 3-yard TD pass to Dwayne Carswell 20 seconds into the game. The score came four seconds after Chester McGlockton's third career interception on Baltimore's first play. Denver's only other trip to the end zone came when the players trotted off the field. After averaging 427 yards in their first two games, the Broncos never advanced inside the 19 after their quick score.
Ravens quarterback Elvis Grbac has won five straight games against the Broncos.
This was a huge statement. The Ravens showed they could go on the road, turn the ball over early, get down 7-0 -- and then come back to win the game. They also showed something of a running game. And Elvis Grbac stepped up and played well. Plus, the defense played its usual big game. This was a tremendous statement for the Ravens on the road, especially with the schedule they have coming up (next week it's Tennessee at home; the week after they travel to Green Bay).
ESPN.com NFL analyst Vinny Cerrato has served as director of player personnel for the Redskins and 49ers.
At halftime, the Broncos inducted LB Karl Mecklenburg and S Dennis Smith as the 17th and 18th members of the team's Ring of Fame. ... Sharpe moved past Jackie Smith for second place on the career receiving list for tight ends. With 7,961 yards, he needs 20 yards to overtake Ozzie Newsome for first. ... The Broncos converted 5-of-16 third downs and are 10-for-39 on the season. ... Baltimore has not allowed a 100-yard rusher for 40 straight games. ... ... Ravens DT Tony Siragusa played with a concussion after colliding with teammate Peter Boulware in the third quarter.
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