Stover kicks it in

The Ravens have lost three of their past four games in Cleveland, but the last winning effort was one to remember. Kicker Matt Stover, the only remaining player from the Ravens' move from Cleveland, nailed a 52-yard field with 20 seconds left - the longest game-winner of his career - to give the Ravens a 15-14 victory on Sept. 24, 2006.

The win gave the Ravens their first 3-0 start in team history.


WHAT HAPPENED: : Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister jumped in front of Browns receiver Braylon Edwards in the end zone late in the fourth quarter. The turnover allowed the Ravens to drive for Stover's winning field goal. Steve McNair, the Ravens' new quarterback, helped lead the team back from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit, going 10-for-16 for 91 yards in the quarter, including a touchdown pass to tight end Todd Heap. On the final drive, McNair was 6-for-9 for 52 yards.

KEY STATS: : The Ravens' defense gave up 91 yards in the second half and allowed the Browns to move past their own 31-yard line just once. ... The Ravens had seven sacks. ... Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason had seven catches for 132 yards.


QUOTABLE: : "We grew up today as a team. All that plays a hand in how good this football team can be." - McNair.

"This came down to guts. I think we needed it badly as a defense." - Defensive end Trevor Pryce.

"Today, we faced adversity dead in the face. For us to respond the way we did, you have to tip your hat to our team right now." - Linebacker Ray Lewis.

Source: Baltimore Sun archives