"That's why that guy is my quarterback," Billick said. "Under tough conditions to come back the way he did, maybe, just maybe some of you understand that."

The Ravens rolled out to a 17-0 lead early in the third quarter by using the same methodical style that took them to last year's Super Bowl title. The game plan was to run more and keep Grbac from taking seven-step drops to take pressure off the tackles.

While Brookins grinded out yards, Grbac threw short-to-intermediate passes to his tight ends and running backs. That philosophy worked until the Ravens' defense stumbled.

After shutting out Jacksonville for nearly three quarters, the Ravens allowed 212 yards and three touchdowns in the final 25 minutes.

The Jaguars were helped when Brookins flawed an impressive performance by fumbling at his own 38-yard line with 4:19 left in the game and the Ravens trying to run out the clock. Eight plays later, Stacey Mack ran for a 3-yard touchdown to put Jacksonville ahead, 21-17, with 1:32 remaining.

"It's getting around the league: If you put the helmet on Brookins, he'll put the ball on the ground," Sharpe said. "He's the only one that can stop it. He has to take it upon himself to take care of the football."

This time, the Ravens' defense couldn't make the pivotal stop and was saved by the offense. The gesture did not go unnoticed.

"When things like that happen, our offense needs to step up to the plate," safety Rod Woodson said. "We're starting to show character on both sides of the football where we win games when one side has a quarter like we had today."

After recording their fourth road victory, the Ravens now enter their long-awaited homestretch in which they play four of their final five regular-season games at PSINet Stadium.

But before Grbac moves forward, he will savor yesterday's victory. As much as it was a satisfying rally for the Ravens, the comeback held more meaning for Gbrac.

"For everything that happened last week," Grbac said, "it was a good way to win."