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.
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
"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
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.
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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