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Despite the continued absence of cornerback Lardarius Webb and safety Ed Reed due to injuries -- as well as the season-ending knee injury to cornerback Domonique Foxworth -- the Ravens secondary made some plays in the 24-10 victory over the New York Giants Saturday night.

Cornerback Chris Carr led the Ravens with eight tackles, six of them solo, and sacked Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Safety Ken Hamlin added six tackles (four solos) and safety Haruki Nakamura knocked down a team-high four passes and had one interception.

"That's a good team, that's not a slouch team," Carr said. "To go out and perform like we did today is good. That's a confidence boost, but hey, it's still the preseason and you have to take confidence from the game. Once the season starts, nobody is going to care what we did to the Giants."

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Carr, who has filled in for Webb, said there is a good chemistry in the defensive backfield.

"I think the sky's the limit for the secondary, if we stayed focused and continued to get better and once we get Webb and Ed Reed back, we'll be that much better," said Carr. "There are some things I have to work on and as a defense, they had a lot of long runs on us, too."

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Nakamura said that his interception on Manning was all but handed to him by wide receiver Steve Smith.

"That's about as lucky as I could get because the receiver had made me look so bad," Nakamura said, "It was just one of those things that I was just trying to finish a play and I saw the ball bobble. It was just one of those things. They always preach, 'run to the ball, run to the ball, no matter what happens,' and good things happen."

-- Don Markus

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