Final

Colts 27

(4-7, 3-3 away)

Ravens 39

(8-4, 4-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, December 2, 2001

 

1 2 3 4 T
IND 3 7 17 027
BAL 3 13 10 1339

Woodson makes life harder yet for Manning

BALTIMORE (AP) -- This time, coach Jim Mora was almost serene in the wake of a frustrating defeat. Maybe it was because he had already seen the same thing so many times this season.

Peyton Manning

Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis sacks Colts quarterback Peyton Manning for a 27-yard loss.

Rod Woodson set an NFL record with his 10th career interception return for a touchdown, going 47 yards with the last of the Indianapolis Colts' four turnovers to clinch the Baltimore Ravens' 39-27 victory Sunday.

After the Colts' loss to San Francisco last week, Mora repeatedly slammed his hand, calling the performance a "disgrace" and indirectly chiding quarterback Peyton Manning for his four interceptions.

Manning was guilty of two turnovers Sunday and Indianapolis (4-7) lost its fourth straight, but Mora took it all in stride.

"I took (medication) before I came in here and it calmed me down," he said, forcing a grin. "I know it's no consolation when you lose a game, but I'm proud of our football team. ... We fought them tooth and nail. We just came up short."

What was wrong with the Ravens' defense today?
Give some credit to the Colts -- they're pretty strong on offense.

What's hurting the Ravens is that they have so many guys injured up front. They're definitely not playing at full strength. On Sunday, they didn't have three of their four starters on the defensive line, so the Ravens were rotating different people in. But they get worn down more quickly as the game goes along, which then exposes some problems in the secondary.

We're not seeing the real Ravens' defense -- we're seeing a lot of second-teamers.

ESPN.com's Vinny Cerrato was director of player personnel for the Redskins and 49ers.

He even spoke kindly of Manning, who was 28-for-48 for 310 yards and two touchdowns, but whose miscues led to 10 Baltimore points.

"Peyton played good," Mora said. "The offense struggled in the first half against a very good defense, but we started doing better in the second half. We moved the ball and scored some points."

Except in the fourth quarter, when it counted most. Baltimore (8-4), which also had four turnovers, won this zany game of give and take with a typical fourth-quarter performance.

The Ravens have won five of six heading into their bye week. In each of those five victories, the Super Bowl champions either trailed or were tied entering the fourth quarter.

The Colts led 27-26 until Elvis Grbac threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Qadry Ismail with 13:29 left.

Woodson broke a tie with Ken Houston for most career interceptions for a touchdown, going the distance with 1:34 left. It was the sixth time this season that Manning threw an interception that was returned for a score.

"He threw it right to me," Woodson said. "Luckily, nobody was on the outside so I could run right to the end zone."

Said Manning: "I was trying to get Marvin (Harrison) down the middle, kind of an anticipation throw, hoping he'd break across in front of Woodson."

On his rift with Mora, Manning said, "It's a dead issue. We put it to bed Thursday and had a good week of practice."

Grbac passed for 268 yards and two scores, Moe Williams ran for 111 yards and Matt Stover kicked four field goals for the Ravens, whose last five wins have come by a total of 25 points.

"If there is another way to turn the ball over, I'm not aware of it," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "We keep making some of those errors, and hopefully we learn from it. It doesn't seem to cost us the games at times. We're lucky that way."

If only the Colts were so fortunate. Their losing streak is their longest since 1998.

Dominic Rhodes, the replacement for the injured Edgerrin James, lost two fumbles and was limited to 42 yards on 16 carries.

The Colts have a minus-12 turnover differential this season and have been outscored 46-3 in the fourth quarter during their losing streak.

"You're always upset about turnovers," Mora said, "but we got some turnovers from them, too."

The biggest was 30-yard interception return for a touchdown by Jeff Burris in the first half.

The Ravens scored six points off two turnovers in the final minute of the first half, then went up 19-10 early in the third quarter by adding another field goal after Rhodes' second fumble.

The Colts then used a pair of turnovers to take their first lead. A fumble by Shannon Sharpe set up a field goal, and on the ensuring kickoff, Indianapolis' Nick Harper punched the ball out Jermaine Lewis' arm during a 64-yard return.

Indianapolis recovered the ball in the end zone, and Manning followed with a 40-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Pollard for a 20-19 lead.

Baltimore responded with a 9-yard TD run by Obafemi Ayanbadejo, but the Colts used a 57-yard pass from Manning to Harrison to move back in front for the final time.

Game notes
Manning, with 15,306 career passing yards, reached the 15,000 mark in 58 games, second-fastest in NFL history behind Dan Marino (56 games). ... Including the playoffs, Baltimore has now won 12 consecutive games in December. ... Colts DE Brad Scioli left the game in the fourth quarter with a sprained ankle, and K Mike Vanderjagt hurt his back in the third quarter.

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Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERINDBAL
indTD7:45Touchdown
Drive info: 1 plays, 26 yds, 0:00
910
FOURTH QUARTERINDBAL
balTD1:47Touchdown
Drive info: 1 plays, 26 yds, 0:00
2738
SECOND QUARTERINDBAL
ind7:45
Drive info: 1 plays, 26 yds, 0:00
1010
THIRD QUARTERINDBAL
indTD1:20Touchdown
Drive info: 2 plays, 69 yds, 0:04
2626
FOURTH QUARTERINDBAL
bal1:47
Drive info: 1 plays, 26 yds, 0:00
2739
THIRD QUARTERINDBAL
balTD2:30Obafemi Ayanbadejo, 9 yd run
Drive info: 3 plays, 69 yds, 0:34
2025
ind1:20
Drive info: 2 plays, 69 yds, 0:04
2726
balFG13:47Matt Stover 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 6 yds, 0:53
1019
indFG5:58Mike Vanderjagt 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 4 yds, 0:12
1319
bal2:30
Drive info: 3 plays, 69 yds, 0:34
2026
indTD4:15Touchdown
Drive info: 4 plays, 80 yds, 0:59
1919
ind4:15
Drive info: 4 plays, 80 yds, 0:59
2019
SECOND QUARTERINDBAL
balFG0:09Matt Stover 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 22 yds, 0:28
1016
balFG1:05Matt Stover 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 23 yds, 2:05
1013
FOURTH QUARTERINDBAL
balTD13:44Touchdown
Drive info: 6 plays, 47 yds, 12:14
2732
FIRST QUARTERINDBAL
indFG3:33Mike Vanderjagt 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 53 yds, 5:14
33
balFG9:01Matt Stover 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 63 yds, 5:49
03
SECOND QUARTERINDBAL
balTD14:25Touchdown
Drive info: 9 plays, 78 yds, 13:53
39
bal14:25
Drive info: 9 plays, 78 yds, 13:53
310