Strong opening ends poorly for Dickson

Ed Dickson's Sunday began with a rousing start. The ending could use a little work though.

The rookie tight end jump-started the Ravens offense with a 58-yard grab over strong safety Brian Dawkins in the first quarter of the team's eventual 31-17 victory over the Denver Broncos at M&T Bank Stadium.


"The ball hung in the air a little bit, and I had to come back and make the catch, use my body a little bit," Dickson said after the contest. "I tried to drag him all the way to the end zone, but I couldn't."

Dickson, who stand at 6 feet, 4 inches, had a 4-inch advantage over Dawkins – a mismatch the Ravens had hoped to create.

"It was for anyone out there, but we knew that Dawkins would come over and try to guard me," Dickson said. "I was aiming for the end zone. The ball fell a little short, but I was aiming for the end zone. It was great to get the momentum."

The rest of Dickson's day, however, did not go so swimmingly. Both he and running back Willis McGahee could not prevent linebacker Jason Hunter from sacking quarterback Joe Flacco on fourth down-and-goal from Denver's 1 on the opening possession of the first quarter.

But Dickson was most galled by the holding penalty he drew on the offense's final series of the game. The penalty negated a 1-yard gain by McGahee on third-and-2 from the Broncos' 42 and forced the Ravens to deal with third-and-12 from the their 48 – which the offense could not convert.

Denver then scored a touchdown on the ensuing drive.

"But the only play I could think about all day was the holding penalty," Dickson said. "That's the one thing I can't do, I can't make those mistakes. If we get that first down right there, we keep the offense off the field and we shut them down and they won't get that last score. Even though the game was over, that's the one thing I was thinking about, and I want to make sure that I improve on that."