"You always want the onus to be on you," Wilson said. "It's time for us to step up. Offense did what they did. Now, it's time for us to go in and end the game."

As the Ravens closed out the game, they reveled in getting the last word.

Coming into the game, Miami linebacker Channing Crowder forgot Mason's name and referred to him as "the old guy." Mason, who scored his touchdown by faking out cornerback Vontae Davis, delivered a parting blow.

"You gotta be able to back up your talk, and the guy just didn't," said Mason, who had four catches for 42 yards. "Hopefully, after this game, he'll sit back and realize what type of player he truly is. He is not one of the elite players in the game."

More controversy was stirred up in the third quarter when Crowder walked into the Ravens' backfield after calling timeout. Crowder says McClain spit on him.

"I'm not that type of player. I'm a ballplayer," McClain said. "If he's frustrated that I was straight getting after him all game, that's a fact. That's his opinion if he thought I spit on him, but the fact is, throughout the game, for four quarters, I was doing my job. And I'll just leave it at that."

The Ravens improved to 8-1 after the bye since 2002, including 3-0 under coach John Harbaugh. There will be no such time in preparing for the next game, which is four days away at Atlanta (6-2).

Asked how long he can savor Sunday's win over Miami, Harbaugh glanced at his watch.

"I'm going to savor it until 9 p.m. tonight," he said. "We don't have time to mess around."

jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

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