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Ravens Hang On In 20-13 Win Over Jets

While it was not exactly a thing of beauty, the Ravens will take their first win of the season, a 20-13 victory over the Jets Sunday.  They of course know that despite having the lead for a majority of the day, they are going to have to make sure that the letdown in the 4th quarter does not happen again, or they might not be so fortunate.  The Ravens seemed to be in cruise control up 20-3, but they had to withstand a furious Jets rally that finally ended with an end zone pick from Ray Lewis that sealed the win.  “Nothing’s ever easy for us,” said Lewis. “I’ve learned that when you get someone down, you have to put them away. But the bottom line is we won. No ifs, ands or buts. We won.”

They did win, but it was how they did it that brings concern.  Against a backup QB in Kellen Clemens of the Jets, the Ravens got the benefit of two drops by Jets wide out Justin McCareins around the goal line, and then the pick to survive the victory.  The first three quarters were a thing of beauty for Baltimore, as their defense played well, and their offense, led by backup QB Steve McNair, played well enough for what should have been a rather easy win.  That’s when the bottom dropped out and the Jets mounted their comeback that left most of he 71,246 holding onto their seats at the end.

To show how well the Ravens played in the first three quarters, the Ravens defense held the Jets to 107 total yards and a field goal. In the fourth quarter, the Ravens allowed 197 yards and 10 points.  That cannot happen again.  “We can’t help teams beat us,” linebacker Terrell Suggs said. “Down the stretch, we have to play fundamental football. If we do that, we’ll be all right.”

Willis McGahee rushed 26 times for 97 yards in addition to scoring his first career receiving touchdown.  Todd Heap caught a score, and Boller was 23-for-35 for 185 yards with two TD’s, and the even more important number was no picks.  The Ravens will entertain the Cardinals of Arizona next Sunday in what should be an interesting test at home at 1PM.

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