2. Veteran kicker Matt Stover demonstrated his trademark poise for a field goal of 40 yards in the final seconds of regulation followed by a 42-yard kick to seal the victory in overtime. Stover said he knew as soon as he connected with the deciding field goal attempt that it would go in, crediting the snap from Joe Maese and the hold of punter Dave Zastudil.
3. Trailing 41-24, safety Ed Reed executed a crisp swim move past fullback Mack Strong and deflected the football cleanly off the foot of punter Tom Rouen. Reed sprang to his feet, scooped up the turnover and dashed into the end zone. The touchdown started Baltimore on a 20-0 scoring run that Seattle never answered.
4. Even though it wasn't a banner day for the Baltimore defense as Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck passed for five touchdowns and 333 yards, the Ravens stopped Seattle when they absolutely had to. Linebacker Ray Lewis took the football away from Strong to set up another touchdown pass from Wright to Robinson. Then, end Marques Douglas and offensive tackle Orlando Brown drove forward to stop Hasselbeck's quarterback sneak to get the ball back one more time to set up Stover's field goal at the end of regulation.
5. Because of a correct call by the officials, Baltimore was able to kick the game-tying field goal. Tight end Terry Jones' shoulders were parallel to the line of scrimmage and Baltimore was assessed with an illegal formation call. If it had been ruled an intentional ploy to stop the clock, it would have resulted in a 10-second runoff and ended the game. But it wasn't. A few plays earlier, Baltimore was the beneficiary of a 44-yard pass interference call against Seahawks rookie cornerback Marcus Trufant.
Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.