Final

Lions 3

(2-11, 0-7 away)

Ravens 48

(7-6, 5-2 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, December 13, 2009

M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD 

1 2 3 4 T
DET 0 3 0 03
BAL 3 17 21 748

Top Performers

Passing: J. Flacco (BAL) - 230 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: R. Rice (BAL) - 13 CAR, 166 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Mason (BAL) - 5 REC, 94 YDS, 1 TD

Rice's 166 yards on ground pace Ravens in colossal romp of Lions

Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- A cold, driving rain couldn't prevent the Baltimore Ravens and Ray Rice from enjoying a record-setting day.

Rice ran for a career-high 166 yards and a touchdown, and the Ravens enhanced their playoff hopes Sunday with a 48-3 victory over the hapless Detroit Lions.

Fast Facts

• The Ravens scored their most points since 2005, while the Lions suffered their worst loss since 1991.

• Ray Rice (219 yards from scrimmage) recorded the eighth game of 200 or more yards from scrimmage in Ravens history as Baltimore improved to 4-6 in its last 10.

• Willis McGahee (76 yards rushing, two TDs) recorded his third game of two or more rushing TDs this season, while also accumulating more rushing yards in this game than he had in the previous seven games combined.

•  The Lions have lost 19 straight road games.

• Bloggers' wrapups

• Rapid reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Baltimore (7-6) built a 20-3 halftime lead behind the play of Rice, who had 155 yards rushing on only nine carries and four catches for 53 yards. His 59-yard touchdown run made it 17-3, and the Ravens cruised to the finish in handing the Lions (2-11) their 19th straight road loss.

The win was particularly satisfying because it came only six days after a lopsided defeat in Green Bay.

"I thought all three phases really stepped up: offense, defense, special teams," coach John Harbaugh said. "Maybe the first time all year we put it together in that kind of a fashion. That is encouraging."

Baltimore set team records in total yardage (548) and rushing touchdowns (5). The 48 points tied the franchise mark, set in 2005 against Green Bay.

Rice reached a personal high with 219 total yards and topped the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the first time in his career. He has 1,041 yards on the ground and a team-high 68 catches for 652 yards.

"Getting 1,000 yards is very special in this league. It doesn't come often," Rice said. "It will be something I'll cherish for life -- second year and rushing for 1,000 yards."

Rice was pulled early in second half, and his backups continued the assault. Le'Ron McClain scored from the 3 and Willis McGahee added touchdown runs of 6 and 19 yards to make it 41-3 entering the fourth quarter.

Backup quarterback Troy Smith ran in from the 15 with 5:02 left to cap the rout.

It added up to a brutal homecoming for Detroit rookie coach Jim Schwartz, a Baltimore native, who started his post-game interview session by saying, "There's not anybody going live with this, are there? You might want to have a delay if you're going live."

Schwartz didn't use any profanity, but was obviously frustrated by his team's play.

"It's not us. It's not going to be us. There's going to be some accountability for this," he said. "I thought the team was ready to play. Obviously, I was way off the mark right there."

The main problem was stopping Rice.

"I was concerned with tackling No. 27 and, obviously, we didn't do a really good job of that," Schwartz said.

Detroit linebacker Larry Foote said, "We didn't tackle well. Mentally, I think we just broke down."

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who was ineffective in the loss to Green Bay, went 13 for 20 for 230 yards and a touchdown before leaving in the fourth quarter.

"Joe bounced back. I thought it was gutsy," Harbaugh said.

Baltimore needed a win to stay in the wild-card hunt. The top two teams in the race, Denver and Jacksonville, both lost Sunday.

The Lions lost running back Kevin Smith to a serious knee injury in the fourth quarter. Smith's left knee seemed to give out as he was running downfield after catching a pass from Daunte Culpepper.

Culpepper, starting in place of injured rookie Matthew Stafford, was 16 for 34 for 135 yards and two interceptions. Kevin Smith finished with 69 yards on 21 carries.

"They made it a tough game," Culpepper said. "My hat's off to their defense. They didn't make any mistakes."

The Ravens missed a chance to make a statement on their opening possession. Rice ran 52 yards to the Detroit 14, then lost a fumble on third down.

"It actually just bounced right out. It was a wet ball," Rice said.

Three plays later, Dawan Landry had an interception wiped out by a roughing-the-passer penalty on Trevor Pryce. But the Lions wasted the second chance when Jason Hanson missed a 45-yard field goal try.

Baltimore went up 3-0 when Billy Cundiff kicked a 38-yard field goal after a 19-yard run by Rice and a 20-yarder by McClain.

It became 10-0 when Derrick Mason caught a short pass over the middle, was sandwiched by Phillip Buchanon and Marvin White, then emerged to run for a 62-yard touchdown.

Detroit's best drive of the day -- 15 plays, 69 yards -- ended with a field goal. Then, after a third-and-10 pass to Rice went for exactly 10 yards, Rice sprinted up the middle for a 59-yard TD and a 17-3 lead.

Game notes


Detroit's 19-game road skid is tied for fourth-longest in NFL history. The record of 24 is held by the Lions, from 2001-03. ... It was the sixth time the Ravens scored at least 40.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DET
BAL
1st Downs1324
Passing 1st downs
59
Rushing 1st downs
614
1st downs from Penalties
21
3rd down efficiency
5-176-13
4th down efficiency
0-42-2
Total Plays6763
Total Yards229548
Yards per play3.48.7
Total Drives1212
Passing126240
Comp - Att
16-3415-23
Yards per pass
3.710.4
Interceptions thrown
20
Sacks - Yards Lost
1-90-0
Rushing103308
Rushing Attempts
3240
Yards per rush
3.27.7
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-14-8
Penalties4-405-50
Turnovers21
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
20
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession30:1529:45

Passing Leaders

DETC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Culpepper16/341354.0021-9
BALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Flacco13/2023011.5100-0
Smith2/3103.3000-0

Rushing Leaders

DETCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith21693.3019
Brown11212.0012
BALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rice1316612.8159
McGahee12766.3219

Receiving Leaders

DETRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Northcutt33913.00194
Johnson4379.301812
BALRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Mason59418.81626
Rice45313.30307

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDETBAL
balFG00:40Billy Cundiff 38 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERDETBAL
balTD11:56Derrick Mason 62 Yd Pass From Joe Flacco (Billy Cundiff Kick) 010
detFG04:32Jason Hanson 22 Yd 310
balTD03:32Ray Rice 59 Yd Run (Billy Cundiff Kick) 317
balFG01:10Billy Cundiff 25 Yd 320
THIRD QUARTERDETBAL
balTD08:50Le'Ron McClain 3 Yd Run (Billy Cundiff Kick) 327
balTD04:16Willis McGahee 8 Yd Run (Billy Cundiff Kick) 334
balTD00:51Willis McGahee 19 Yd Run (Billy Cundiff Kick) 341
FOURTH QUARTERDETBAL
balTD05:02Troy Smith 15 Yd Run (Billy Cundiff Kick) 348