Final

Broncos 6

(5-3, 2-3 away)

Ravens 26

(4-3, 2-1 home)

1:00 PM ET, October 26, 2003

 

1 2 3 4 T
DEN 3 0 3 06
BAL 0 9 0 1726

Lewis with six straight 100-yard games

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Denver Broncos have a hard enough time beating the Baltimore Ravens under normal circumstances.

Playing with third-string quarterback Danny Kanell made the task virtually impossible, especially on a day in which the Lewis & Lewis Show put on a stellar performance before a record crowd.

Allen's Analysis
Eric Allen
Question on the Broncos: Will Plummer be able to turn things around when he returns?
He'll be able to turn things around because the offensive sets are geared to his style of play. The past few weeks have proven how important he is to this team.

Question on the Ravens: Can the Ravens count on Boller playing it safe the rest of the way?
As long as Jamal Lewis is healthy and able to rush as effectively as he has the past few weeks, Boller will be OK. As I've said before, Boller is in a good situation because of the presence of a great defense and a great running back.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

Ray Lewis rambled 37 yards with a key interception in the fourth quarter, and Jamal Lewis topped 100 yards rushing for a sixth straight game as the Ravens cruised past Denver 26-6 Sunday.

Matt Stover kicked four field goals for the Ravens (4-3), who maintained their hold on first place in the AFC North by beating Denver (5-3) for a fourth straight season, including the 2000 playoffs.

"Sometimes, it's just one of those things," Ray Lewis said. "We match up very well against Denver."

Especially when the Broncos use Kanell, who was pressed into action because Denver was without injured starters Jake Plummer and Steve Beuerlein.

Starting for the first time since 2000, Kanell went 16-for-31 for 114 yards and two interceptions.

"Obviously, it was not the kind of comeback I wanted," Kanell said. "Bottom line, it's a loss. I'm bummed about it right now."

The Broncos hoped that running back Clinton Portis could carry the offense, but he was limited to 86 yards on 22 carries.

"It's hard to win football games on the road if you can't run the ball," Denver coach Mike Shanahan said. "We were kind of limited in some of the things we could do, but that's no excuse. We just didn't execute very well. "Can we get better than we were today? I hope we can."

The game drew 69,721 fans, the largest crowd ever to see a pro football game in Baltimore.

Baltimore was nursing a 9-6 lead when Ray Lewis picked off Kanell's pass intended for Rod Smith. Lewis brought the ball to the Denver 20, and Kyle Boller capped the four-play drive with a 5-yard pass to Terry Jones with 7:35 left.

"I just broke on it. It's a good thing it was there," Lewis said.

Stover kicked a field goal after the Broncos turned the ball over on downs at their 14. Jamal Lewis added a 28-yard touchdown run with 1:56 to go after Gary Baxter returned an interception 34 yards to the Denver 28.

Jamal Lewis ran a career-high 32 times for 134 yards and caught three passes for 28 yards. He is the first back to run for 100 yards against Denver this season.

"We keep pounding them, and they just wear down over time," said Lewis, who leads the NFL with 977 yards rushing.

Held to 58 yards in the first half, the Broncos matched that total on their opening possession of the third quarter before closing to 9-6 on a 22-yard field goal by Jason Elam.

It turned out to be Denver's most effective drive of the day. The Broncos' defense wasn't much better.

"When you get beat 26-6, when in my eyes that team definitely isn't better than us, we didn't come to play," Denver linebacker Al Wilson said.

Kanell went 3-for-8 for 21 yards in the first half, and Portis was limited to just 31 yards rushing on 10 carriers.

The Ravens' first possession started with four straight runs by Jamal Lewis and ended with Stover missing a 45-yard field goal.

Denver then mounted a similar drive, giving Portis the ball for six straight runs before Elam kicked a field goal.

The Broncos' next possession ended with a failed gamble that led to a 25-yard field goal by Stover. After Kanell was stuffed on a fourth-and-1 at the Denver 48, the Ravens settled for three points following a replay review that overturned an apparent touchdown catch by Todd Heap.

Stover made it 6-3 midway through the second quarter with his 300th career field goal, a 39-yarder after Bart Scott tipped Micah Knorr's punt from the end zone.

Stover added a 22-yarder on the half's final play to cap a six-minute drive.

Denver linebacker John Mobley was carted off with a bruised spinal chord late in the half. All of his feeling eventually returned to normal, and X-rays were negative. ^Notes:@ Broncos' starting RT Matt Lepsis was ejected with 10:02 left in the first half after bumping an official. ... Smith extended his consecutive games with a reception to 69, surpassing the franchise mark set by Ed McCaffrey. ... Ravens WR Frank Sanders made his 500th career catch in the third quarter. ... Baltimore CB Corey Fuller left in the fourth quarter with a hamstring strain.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Denver
Baltimore
1st Downs1216
3rd down efficiency
4-156-17
4th down efficiency
0-20-0
Total Yards194277
Yards per play3.24.2
Total Drives03
Passing90126
Comp-Att
16-3115-27
Yards per pass
2.94.7
Interceptions thrown
20
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-242-11
Rushing104151
Rushing Attempts
2737
Yards per rush
3.94.1
Penalties7-499-62
Turnovers20
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
20
Possession28:3031:30

Passing Leaders

DENC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Kanell16/311143.7022-24
BALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Boller15/271375.1102-11

Rushing Leaders

DENCARYDSAVGTDLG
Portis22863.9017
Kanell294.509
BALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lewis321344.2128
Boller3113.705

Receiving Leaders

DENRECYDSAVGTDLG
Portis6294.807
Lelie3289.3013
BALRECYDSAVGTDLG
Heap35418.0033
Lewis3289.3011

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDENBAL
FG9:29JASON ELAM 28 YD
Drive: 9 plays, 55 yds, 4:48
30
SECOND QUARTERDENBAL
FG4:20MATT STOVER 25 YD
Drive: 11 plays, 41 yds, 5:27
33
FG7:19MATT STOVER 39 YD
Drive: 7 plays, 19 yds, 2:01
36
FG15:00MATT STOVER 22 YD
Drive: 14 plays, 55 yds, 6:06
39
THIRD QUARTERDENBAL
FG7:50JASON ELAM 22 YD
Drive: 11 plays, 58 yds, 5:48
69
FOURTH QUARTERDENBAL
TD7:25TERRY JONES 5 YD PASS FROM KYLE BOLLER (MATT STOVER KICK)
Drive: 4 plays, 20 yds, 2:05
616
FG12:00MATT STOVER 29 YD
Drive: 4 plays, 3 yds, 1:03
619
TD13:04JAMAL LEWIS 28 YD RUN (MATT STOVER KICK)
Drive: 1 plays, 28 yds, :07
626