It was left for the Ravens' defense to preserve the lead that Stover gave them, setting a team record for turnovers in the process. After giving up a 49-yard field goal to Steve Lindsey seven minutes into the game, the Ravens watched Mark Brunell's offense disintegrate.
Brunell fumbled four center snaps from Jeff Smith and threw two interceptions before being benched with nine minutes left in the game for Jamie Martin.
Fred Taylor. That was the first TD given up by the Ravens' defense in 189 minutes, 11 seconds.
The Ravens had plenty of heroes on defense. McAlister not only intercepted Martin to snuff Jacksonville's comeback attempt, but kept wide receiver Jimmy Smith out of the end zone. Smith had eight receptions for 95 yards and no scores, after catching three long touchdown passes in Baltimore's 39-36 win on Sept. 10.
For the first time in the tenure of Marvin Lewis, the Ravens' defensive coordinator assigned McAlister to cover Smith wherever he went on the field.
Safeties Rod Woodson and Kim Herring also had interceptions, both against Brunell. Woodson's was the 57th of his 14-year career, and pushed him past Carolina's Eugene Robinson as the NFL's leading active interceptor. He also tied for ninth with four other players, including Bobby Boyd of the Baltimore Colts, all time.
Middle linebacker Ray Lewis, cornerback Robert Bailey and defensive end Michael McCrary also recovered fumbles for the Ravens. The six take-aways represented a franchise high.
"There's something special about this defensive group," Billick said. "There's something special about this team. Yes, I would like to have done a few more things offensively to contribute. But if our job is to do just that, then that's what it's going to be."
The most bizarre play of the game came in the third quarter, with the Ravens backed against their own goal line. Pressured on a second-down pass from the end zone, Banks was intercepted by defensive end Tony Brackens.
Brackens was tackled by left tackle Spencer Folau - Ogden's replacement - and as he stretched out his right arm for the goal line, the ball was knocked loose by left guard Edwin Mulitalo's leg.
The Ravens came up with the ball for a touchback, but the fun was just starting.
Orlando Bobo, who came in when Mitchell was injured, was called for holding on the play. The Jaguars had the choice of taking the interception - and touchback - or the penalty and backing up the Ravens to the 2. They took the penalty and the Ravens withstood a replay challenge by the Jaguars. The Ravens eventually moved the ball off the goal line, but had to punt the ball away.
The loss probably ended Jacksonville's hopes for a Super Bowl. It was the first time the Jaguars (2-4) have lost two straight home games since 1995. It's the first time they've lost three straight games since 1996.
And it was the first time the Ravens have ever won here at ALLTEL Stadium.