Two of his misses came when the Colts were leading just 3-0.

"Sometimes a kicker doesn't have it," Billick said.

The struggles of Stover and the offense wasted a strong effort by the defense.

The Ravens held quarterback Peyton Manning and the Colts to a field goal for 2 1/2 quarters, keeping them out of the end zone despite three tries from the 2-yard line.

Actually, the Ravens nearly got a touchdown of their own. Manning's third-down pass to the right side went through the hands of cornerback Chris McAlister, who had no one between him and the end zone.

The Colts had to settle for Mike Vanderjagt's 20-yard field goal, putting them ahead, 3-0, with 15 seconds left in the second quarter.

"No sacks, no turnovers," McAlister said. "That's not our type of football."

After Stover's second miss midway through the third quarter, Indianapolis was helped out by the Ravens again. Dale Carter's illegal use of hands on third down kept what became a critical drive alive.

The Colts made the Ravens pay five plays later, when Marvin Harrison caught a 28-yard touchdown pass. Harrison was initially covered on the play, but he got a step separation on McAlister right at the goal line and gave the Colts a 10-0 lead midway through the third quarter.

After the Ravens failed to get a third down, the Colts went back to work again. A 26-yard pass from Manning to tight end Ben Utecht increased Indianapolis' margin to 17-0 with 5:08 left in the third quarter.

Holding the Colts' offense to two touchdowns is impressive considering it averaged four a game last season.

"Our game plan worked most of the game, but there is a reason why he's a Pro Bowler," Weaver said. "That is what Peyton Manning does: He goes out there and makes big plays."

The Ravens' big play was actually an insignificant one. Wright's 17-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Wilcox with 13 seconds remaining avoided the Ravens' first shutout in three years.

It did not sit well with everyone, even though the Colts celebrated their first win in Baltimore since they relocated to Indianapolis in 1984.

"The game was over and [Billick] is still trying to run the plays," defensive end Dwight Freeney said. "He should be happy he didn't hurt one of his players doing that."

Reaching the end zone didn't ease much of the sting.

The Ravens won't soon forget the countless penalties on offense or the drop by Clarence Moore at the end of the first half that would have put them in field-goal range or their quarterback being carried off the field.

"Nothing is more demoralizing than a loss," Mason said. "Then add in losing your starting quarterback and it's a downer."