"The good teams make people not want to do that," Ismail said. "Today, it was great that I was able to get off the line cleanly and aggressively enough to where Elvis saw it, made one heck of a throw and we came away with six."

The defense dug in and held the Broncos to three-and-out on consecutive series. That set the stage for the finishing touch by Grbac.

The game-winning 70-yard drive was fueled by Grbac hitting tight end Shannon Sharpe on receptions of 17 and 11 yards. Both of the catches - one of which converted a third-and-six situation - occurred in front of the Broncos' bench, allowing Sharpe to flash a wink to his former teammates.

"I said, 'Yeah, you all remember me? I used to do this right across the street [at Mile High Stadium], huh?' " said Sharpe, who had not played in Denver since playing for the Broncos from 1990 to 1999.

At the Broncos' 37, the Ravens ran the ball five times, including a 20-yard dash by backup Jason Brookins. Grbac then capped the series, rolling to his right, where he darted a pass to Taylor.

Taylor, who had Walker clinging to him from behind, made the catch to put the Ravens up for the first time at 20-13 with 8:51 left in the game.

"You learn from a guy like Joe Montana, who threw it to Jerry Rice for how many years," Grbac said. "I don't see anybody stopping that play for some time, especially when you have man-to-man coverage. You've got to have a strong wide receiver and you've got to have a quick wide receiver and Travis just made a great play."

The defense then closed the door on Denver by stopping the Broncos on fourth-and-one on the Ravens' 19, and Harris intercepted Griese's throw at the Ravens' 27 to seal the win.

"If our offense gives us a lead, this defense is frightening," Mc- Crary said. "That's just the facts."

A week after the shocking 21-10 loss at Cincinnati, the Ravens rediscovered a leader on offense and re-established their reputation on defense.

"We learned some things about ourselves," Sharpe said. "I told the guys today we should be [ticked] off because we let one slip away last week. But I guarantee you, from here on out, if you beat the Ravens, you beat a damn good football team."