NFL Game Summary - Baltimore at NY Jets|
(Monday, September 13th)
Final Score: Baltimore 10, NY Jets 9
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Joe Flacco led an adequate pass attack
with 248 yards, and the Baltimore Ravens won a defensive battle with the New
York Jets, 10-9, to open up the 2010 schedule for both clubs at New
Flacco completed 20-of-38 passes and threw an interception for the Ravens
(1-0), who have high expectations this season after a loss to the Colts in the
divisional playoffs a year ago. New acquisition Anquan Boldin hauled in seven
passes for 110 yards, while Todd Heap added six catches for 72 yards.
"As a player, you don't pay attention too much to the hype outside the locker
room," Boldin said. We know no matter what people say in the paper or what
not, the game still has to be played on the field. That is all we were
worried about leading up to the game. We felt pretty confident with the game
plan we had and the way we prepared. It felt like we could come in and get a
Willis McGahee scored the game's lone touchdown, while Ray Rice added 43 yards
on the ground.
The story of the game was the Ravens' defense, which wasn't nearly as hyped as
their top-ranked counterparts in New York. Baltimore held an anemic Jets
offense to just 176 yards, including only 60 through the air.
"The bottom line is we just wanted to play football," said Ravens linebacker
Ray Lewis. "I tip my hat to my team. We played a heck of a game tonight."
Mark Sanchez was highly ineffective when given the opportunity for the Jets
(0-1), throwing for 74 yards on 10-of-21 passing. New York, which went through
the "Hard Knocks" series on HBO earlier this summer, was billed by many to be
a Super Bowl contender after a surprise run to the AFC Championship Game in
LaDainian Tomlinson, in his first game with the Jets after leaving the
Chargers via free agency, ran 11 times for 62 yards, but penalties plagued New
York throughout the game. The hosts committed 14 infractions for a total of
125 yards, their highest total since 1988.
Rex Ryan, a former assistant with Baltimore for 10 seasons prior to his hiring
in New York, was unable to top his old club in the first matchup against them.
New York, trailing by one, got one last chance to win the game after a
Baltimore punt pinned the Jets on their own 18 with 1:37 to go and one
A false start penalty backed them up immediately, but a Sanchez nine-yard pass
to Tomlinson got the drive started. Two plays later, a nine-yard strike to
Braylon Edwards gained a first down to the 31-yard line, which was followed by
the Jets' last timeout with 57 seconds left.
Three incompletions ensued, setting up a do-or-die 4th-and-10 with 41 ticks on
the clock. Sanchez hit Dustin Keller one yard short of the first down,
but -- despite having no defender near him -- he stepped out of bounds shy of
the marker, handing the ball over to the Ravens, who took a knee to drain out
"When I caught the ball, I thought I was at the spot and could just go out of
bounds ahead of the first down mark, but unfortunately that wasn't the case,"
The Jets' defense came out every bit as tenacious as they were last season.
After New York punted on its opening possession, Flacco dropped back on the
Ravens' first play and was crunched by two Jets defenders at the same time.
The ball came loose, and Sione Pouha pounced on it at the Baltimore 11-yard
Nick Folk kicked a 23-yard field goal for an early 3-0 Jets lead.
Baltimore drove to the Jets' 20 on its next drive, but McGahee coughed the
ball up among a host of New York defenders, as Pouha once again came up with
While the Jets' offense struggled, a special teams play led to some more
points. Jim Leonhard returned a punt 32 yards to the Baltimore 37 a couple
minutes into the second quarter, and a horse collar tackle on the Ravens
helped New York double its lead on a Folk 28-yard field goal.
A 28-yard pass interference penalty on the Jets helped the Ravens advance into
opposing territory on their next drive, but Antonio Cromartie picked off a
pass inside the five and ran nearly 70 yards deep into Baltimore's area of the
field. Two plays later, though, Shonn Greene fumbled the ball away.
The Ravens finally responded with a mistake-free drive to take the lead into
Flacco found T.J. Houshmandzadeh for 27 yards on 3rd-and-3 to gain the Jets'
42, and a pass interference in the end zone on another attempt to
Houshmandzadeh put the ball on the one-yard line. Three plays later, McGahee
scored with just seconds on the clock for a 7-6 lead.
Baltimore's offense clicked on its second series of the second half, as Billy
Cundiff's 25-yard field goal made it a four-point game midway through the
third. The series took 4 1/2 minutes on nine plays, highlighted by two long
catches from Boldin totaling 65 yards.
The Jets punted on each of their first three second-half possessions, but good
punts kept pinning the Ravens deep in their own zone. Early in the fourth, New
York started with the ball on Baltimore's 35, but could manage only a 48-yard
field goal from Folk for a 10-9 game with 10 1/2 minutes to play.
The Ravens lead the all-time series with the Jets, 6-1, and have won the last
six. New York last beat Baltimore in 1997...Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins
left the game in the first quarter with a knee injury...Flacco has won the
opening game of the season in each of his first three seasons in the NFL. He
is 21-12 overall as a starter...Baltimore managed just 49 yards on the ground
and committed five penalties for 38 yards....The Ravens committed three
turnovers, compared to one for the Jets...Baltimore held the ball for 37:56.
09/14 00:39:29 ET