Final/OT

Seahawks 41

(7-4, 1-4 away)

Ravens 44

(6-5, 4-1 home)

1:00 PM ET, November 23, 2003

 

1 2 3 4 OT T
SEA 0 17 17 7 041
BAL 0 3 21 17 344

Wright-to-Robinson works for 4 TDs

BALTIMORE (AP) -- There was nothing in Anthony Wright's past to suggest he would be the architect of the greatest comeback in the history of the Baltimore Ravens.

Allen's Analysis
Eric Allen
Question on the Seahawks: Do they need a 50-point lead to win on the road?
The Seahawks are a road dog team. Their lack of a dynamic offensive player seems to hamper them down the stretch of games. Great teams have a player who they can go to when the going gets tough. The Seahawks don't and it's hurting them.

Question on the Ravens: So will we now see Billick open up the offense?
This win isn't going to warrant them opening up their offense. They rely on Jamal Lewis to run the ball and their passing game is there to merely supplement the running game. It's too late in the season for the Ravens to change their offensive identity.

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

Matt Stover kicked a 42-yard field goal with 6:32 left in overtime Sunday, capping an amazing rally that carried the Ravens past the Seattle Seahawks 44-41.

Making his seventh NFL start -- the second with the Ravens after being elevated from third string -- Wright helped Baltimore score 10 points in the final 72 seconds of regulation to force overtime.

He then directed a 55-yard drive in the extra period, connecting with Marcus Robinson for 19 yards on a third-and-15 play to set up Stover for the winner.

The frenzied finish seemed out of the question when Baltimore (6-5) fell behind 41-24 with 14:16 remaining, but Wright and the Ravens never gave up hope.

"It was looking very, very dim. But we just let it all hang out," said Wright, 2-5 as an NFL starter. "Everything came together. It's unbelievable, for us to be down as much as were and to come back."

It took the finest performance of Wright's career to enable Baltimore to snap a two-game skid. He went 20-for-37 for 319 yards and a personal-best four touchdowns -- all of them to Robinson.

After delivering the improbable victory, Wright headed to the hospital for a delivery of a different kind: His wife was anticipating giving birth to the couple's second child Sunday night.

"She's waiting for me right now," Wright said.

The Ravens' previous biggest comeback was a 16-point turnaround against Jacksonville in 2000.

Matt Hasselbeck threw a career-high five touchdown passes for the Seahawks, going 23-for-41 for 333 yards. But he failed on a fourth-down quarterback sneak late in regulation, allowing the Ravens to get the ball one more time with the score 41-38.

"We just needed one more play," Hasselbeck said. "One more play and we could have won the game. We should have won the game, and we just didn't make it."

Darrell Jackson had seven receptions for 146 yards and two scores, and Bobby Engram also had two touchdown catches. But the Seahawks (7-4) fell to 1-4 on the road, in part because they made too many mistakes down the stretch.

"We let them back in the football game," Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said. "It was just a bizarre, bizarre ending."

The Ravens got back into the game by taking advantage of the same kind of miscues that put them in a sizable hole.

First, Ed Reed blocked a punt and took it 16 yards into the end zone. Then the Seahawks played soft defense in allowing the Ravens to march 71 yards in a drive capped by Wright's fourth touchdown pass with 1:12 remaining.

Seattle recovered the onside kick, but Hasselbeck failed to convert the pivotal fourth-and-1. In an effort to beef up the defensive line, the Ravens placed 350-pound offensive tackle Orlando Brown at nose tackle.

"I probably could have attacked it more, gone a little bit lower," Hasselbeck said. "I was just trying to hold on to the ball. I didn't have a real good handle on the ball."

The Ravens then used a 44-yard pass-interference call against Marcus Trufant to set up a 40-yard field goal by Stover on the final play of regulation.

No one could have anticipated such a wild shootout during a lackluster first half in which the teams combined for two field goals over the first 29 minutes.

That's when things got crazy: The Seahawks scored two touchdowns in 22 seconds in the final minute of the first half to go up 17-3.

Baltimore closed to 17-10 on its first possession of the second half. After Travis Taylor made a nice one-handed catch on a 43-yard play, Wright connected with Robinson for a 13-yard touchdown strike.

Hasselbeck then hit Koren Robinson in stride down the middle with a 38-yard touchdown pass.

A 24-yard punt by Dave Zastudil set up a Seattle field goal and, after Wright hit Robinson for a score, Hasselbeck answered with an 80-yard TD pass to a wide-open Jackson for a 34-17 lead.

Hasselbeck's fifth TD pass, a 5-yarder to Engram with 14:16 left, made it 41-24.

The rest of the game was all Baltimore.

Game notes


Ravens DE Anthony Weaver aggravated a shoulder series on the first series and did not return. ... Baltimore's Jamal Lewis ran for 117 yards and had 43 yards receiving. ... Hasselbeck hurt his shoulder in overtime, giving way for two plays to Trent Dilfer, playing football in Baltimore for the first time since leading the Ravens to victory in the 2001 Super Bowl.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Seattle
Baltimore
1st Downs2420
3rd down efficiency
7-187-18
4th down efficiency
0-11-1
Total Yards426426
Yards per play5.35.5
Total Drives32
Passing293276
Comp-Att
23-4220-37
Yards per pass
7.07.5
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
6-406-43
Rushing133150
Rushing Attempts
3235
Yards per rush
4.24.3
Penalties6-8914-112
Turnovers32
Fumbles lost
32
Interceptions thrown
00
Possession32:3835:50

Passing Leaders

SEAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Hasselbeck23/413338.1506-40
Dilfer0/100.0000-0
BALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Wright20/373198.6406-43

Rushing Leaders

SEACARYDSAVGTDLG
Alexander22723.3012
Strong6335.5018
BALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lewis261174.5014
Wright5275.4013

Receiving Leaders

SEARECYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson714620.9280
Robinson46416.0138
BALRECYDSAVGTDLG
Robinson713118.7450
Sanders36622.0044

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERSEABAL
FG3:11JOSH BROWN 45 YD
Drive: 10 plays, 53 yds, 4:25
30
FG11:28MATT STOVER 21 YD
Drive: 4 plays, 0 yds, 1:28
33
TD14:37DARRELL JACKSON 2 YD PASS FROM MATT HASSELBECK (JOSH BROWN KICK)
Drive: 13 plays, 80 yds, 3:09
103
TD14:59BOBBY ENGRAM 10 YD PASS FROM MATT HASSELBECK (JOSH BROWN KICK)
Drive: 1 plays, 10 yds, :07
173
THIRD QUARTERSEABAL
TD2:53MARCUS ROBINSON 13 YD PASS FROM ANTHONY WRIGHT (MATT STOVER KICK)
Drive: 6 plays, 71 yds, 2:53
1710
TD4:22KOREN ROBINSON 38 YD PASS FROM MATT HASSELBECK (JOSH BROWN KICK)
Drive: 3 plays, 56 yds, 1:29
2410
FG7:01JOSH BROWN 46 YD
Drive: 4 plays, 2 yds, 1:21
2710
TD9:34MARCUS ROBINSON 50 YD PASS FROM ANTHONY WRIGHT (MATT STOVER KICK)
Drive: 5 plays, 65 yds, 2:33
2717
TD9:54DARRELL JACKSON 80 YD PASS FROM MATT HASSELBECK (JOSH BROWN KICK)
Drive: 1 plays, 80 yds, :20
3417
TD11:42MARCUS ROBINSON 25 YD PASS FROM ANTHONY WRIGHT (MATT STOVER KICK)
Drive: 5 plays, 52 yds, 1:48
3424
FOURTH QUARTERSEABAL
TD0:44BOBBY ENGRAM 5 YD PASS FROM MATT HASSELBECK (JOSH BROWN KICK)
Drive: 8 plays, 54 yds, 4:02
4124
TD8:19ED REED 16 YD RETURN OF BLOCKED PUNT (MATT STOVER KICK) 4131
TD13:48MARCUS ROBINSON 9 YD PASS FROM ANTHONY WRIGHT (MATT STOVER KICK)
Drive: 12 plays, 71 yds, 3:04
4138
FG15:00MATT STOVER 40 YD
Drive: 3 plays, 46 yds, :39
4141
OVERTIMESEABAL
FG8:28MATT STOVER 42 YD
Drive: 12 plays, 55 yds, 6:37
4144