Ravens lead Packers 41-3
Boller tosses three touchdowns; Heap enjoying career night
Baltimore's B.J. Sams (36) breaks the tackle of Green Bay's Mike Hawkins (37) and is off on a 59-yard punt return to the Green Bay 18. (Sun photo by Lloyd Fox / December 19, 2005)
Kyle Boller, Baltimore's much-maligned quarterback, tossed his third touchdown pass -- a 27-yard strike to tight end Todd Heap with 9:43 to go in the third -- to give Baltimore a 31-3 lead over the Packers Boller enjoyed a stellar first half as he completed 14 of 18 for 168 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He finished the night completing 19 of 25 for 253 yards.
Heap, who has nine catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns, is enjoying the third 100-yard game of his career. The nine receptions also ties a career-high.
Matt Stover kicked a 40-yard field goal with 17 seconds left in the third quarter to give Baltimore a 34-3 lead. Stover's 23-yard field with 23 seconds remaining in the first half helped Baltimore jump out to a commanding 24-3 lead heading into halftime.
Randy Hymes hauled in a 13-yard pass from Boller to help give the Ravens a 21-3 lead over the Packers. Hymes' one-handed catch with 4:23 remaning in the second quarter capped a 16-play, 96-yard drive -- the Ravens' longest scoring drive of the season.
Green Bay's Ryan Longwell kicked a 27-yard field goal with 5:23 remaining in the first quarter to make it 14-3.
Mark Clayton took a direct snap and ran 11 yards around the right side for a touchdown to help give Baltimore a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Clayton's run -- which finished off a five-play, 75-yard drive -- was the first time the Ravens have scored two first-quarter touchdowns this season.
Boller connected with Heap for a 2-yard touchdown to give Baltimore a 7-0 lead. Boller found Heap in the back of the end zone with 11:04 to go. The score was set up by B.J. Sams' 49-yard punt return, which allowed Baltimore to begin its five-play scoring drive at the Green Bay 18.
Running back Jamal Lewis also got off to a strong start, carrying the ball 12 times for a game-high 51 yards in the first half.
Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre, who played only three quarters, had a forgettable night. Favre completed 14 of 29 for 144 yards and was intercepted twice in the first half -- by Samari Rolle and Deion Sanders, respectively. He was replaced in the fourth quarter by Aaron Rodgers.
Baltimore defensive end Anthony Weaver, listed as questionable heading into tonight's game because of back and knee injuries, was not among the eight Ravens placed on the inactive list. Weaver was replaced in the starting lineup by Jarret Johnson.
Two other Ravens listed as questionable -- fullback Justin Green (wrist) and linebacker Mike Smith (thigh) -- were made inactive. Kicker/punter Aaron Elling, receiver Patrick Johnson, quarterback Brian St. Pierre, tight end Daniel Wilcox, receiver Clarence Moore and defensive tackle Dwan Edwards were the other inactives for Baltimore.
Green Bay (3-10) entered tonight's carrying a 52-man roster. Two Packers listed as questionable -- tight end Bubba Franks (neck/back) and linebacker Robert Thomas (quadriceps) -- were among seven players made inactive. Franks and Thomas were joined by quarterback Craig Nall, cornerback Patrick Dendy, guard Junius Coston, center Chris White and defensive tackle Donnell Washington.
The Packers, playing in their final road game of the season, are making their first trek to Baltimore in 23 years. That trip 1982 concluded with a 20-20 tie against the Baltimore Colts at Memorial Stadium.