Beyond that goal-line stand, the Ravens never allowed New York to cross their 34-yard line. The Jets ran only 13 plays in Ravens territory. Of New York's 48 plays, 29 went for 2 yards or fewer.
"We just got into a groove from the beginning of the game," nose tackle Maake Kemoeatu said. "Ray Lewis was calling where the run was going before the play even came out."
Unlike their first two games, the Ravens remained committed to the run even though they didn't have much success.
Jamal Lewis churned out 81 yards on 29 carries (a 2.8-yard average) and failed to break a run over 9 yards. He rarely had open lanes to run through despite the return of Alan Ricard.
"It's one of those games that doesn't look pretty on the field," center Mike Flynn said. "If you grind out three- and four-yard gains, and manage the ball, you're going to win."
The ground game allowed the Ravens to control the clock, holding the ball for 16 more minutes than the Jets. The Ravens are 20-3 when Lewis has 25 or more carries, a statistic not lost on the Ravens defense.
"It's a very easy method with us: We run the football very well and we play hard-nosed defense," Ray Lewis said. "The day we get away from that is the day you see things don't go our way."
After losing their first two games by a combined 49-17 score, the Ravens feel like they are back on the road to respectability.
Heading into the locker room, Ray Lewis shouted, "That's one, baby!" Suggs epitomized the frustration of going winless for the first three weeks of the NFL season by saying, "It's about time."
Still trailing the Cincinnati Bengals by 2 1/2 games in the AFC North, the Ravens know their next challenge: playing three of their next four games on the road.
"I've been here for nine years and this is one of the biggest wins," Flynn said. "We're getting a little confidence now. I think it's something we can build on."
Stuffing the run
With No. 3 QB Brooks Bollinger starting, the Ravens knew the Jets would have to run, and the defense responded by tying the fourth-best performance against the run in team history.
Opp. Date Yards rushing
Bengals, 9/24/00, 4
Saints, 12/19/99, 11
Browns, 10/01/00, 23
Jets, 10/03/05, 28
Browns, 11/26/00, 28
Lions, 12/27/98, 44