First, the former scout team passer led Baltimore back from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter for a 44-41 overtime victory Sunday over the Seattle Seahawks. Wright posted a career-best performance with 319 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 119.1 quarterback rating. Then, he held his wife's hand Tuesday night as Nicole Wright gave birth to a 6-pound, 14-ounce girl they named Trinity. The Wrights named their second daughter after the character portrayed by Carrie-Anne Moss in "The Matrix" films.
By Wednesday, mother and daughter were scheduled to leave the hospital. Wright was preparing for Sunday's contest against the San Francisco 49ers and will host family today for Thanksgiving. "I told her that I took care of round one, and she has to take care of round two and she did," said Wright, whose wife was presented with a game ball by Ravens coach Brian Billick for waiting until after the football game to induce labor. "My wife did an excellent job. It is something that I will never forget. It's something that I will always be able to tell my daughter as she gets older."
Now, Wright is hoping to continue his successful week against a 49ers team that has generated 30 sacks and 17 interceptions. San Francisco features strong safety Tony Parrish and cornerback Ahmed Plummer, who have combined for nine interceptions. Against the Seahawks, Wright excelled by lobbing the football for four second-half scores to Marcus Robinson, his college teammate from South Carolina. Robinson is 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds and towered over the Seattle secondary. "I think that is what football has pretty much evolved into," Wright said. "Football has become a sport where you get a couple of guys that can make plays for you. What I try to do with our receivers is give them a chance to make a play, and they did."
INJURY UPDATE: Rookie quarterback Kyle Boller is the only player ruled out for Baltimore as he recovers from surgery on his torn quadriceps. Boller attends practice and has been throwing. Defensive end Tony Weaver is listed as doubtful with a neck stinger and expects to be a game-time decision. He took limited part in drills without undergoing any contact work. "I always want to play, but it pretty much all rests on how I feel before kickoff," Weaver said. "It's a real sensitive nerve and it's aggravated." If Weaver is unavailable, rookie Jarret Johnson or Riddick Parker would likely split time in his absence. Cornerback Corey Fuller (leg) practiced and is listed as questionable along with tight end John Jones (leg) and cornerback Tom Knight (ankle). Knight is out of his walking boot and took part in some drills. If Fuller and Knight are unavailable, Gary Baxter would shift from free safety to corner and Will Demps would start at safety. Raymond Walls, Lamont Brightful and Gerome Sapp would likely be needed as reserves. Offensive tackle Orlando Brown (leg) and running back Chester Taylor (neck) are listed as probable.
CONNECTIONS: Billick was the 49ers' assistant director of public relations from 1979 to 1980. Two years earlier, he was released by the 49ers after being drafted in the 11th round as a tight end. "That was 10 lifetimes ago," Billick said. "To see the 49ers helmet, it will be fun." Billick is a protégé of retired 49ers Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh and helped him write a book on coaching. Walsh is still an influential consultant in San Francisco. "I don't speak to Bill on a regular basis," Billick said. "Every couple of weeks, I might talk to Bill. Obviously, he has meant a lot to me in my career. I don't imagine there is a lot of conversation this week." Meanwhile, offensive guard Edwin Mulitalo grew up in San Francisco wanting to play for the 49ers. "I've got a lot of family coming to town and I told them if they're not going to cheer for me, I'm not getting them tickets," Mulitalo said. Kickoff specialist Wade Richey led the NFL in field goal accuracy for the 49ers in 1999, but was released the following season after a slump. "It was a learning time for me," Richey said. "It was a period where ownership and personnel were changing."
QUICK HITS: The Ravens have a 4-0 all-time home record against the NFC West and have won their last three home games. … The 49ers (5-6) have an 0-5 road mark. … San Francisco defeated Baltimore, 38-20, in the teams' only meeting in 1996. … .. The Ravens lead the NFL with 31 sacks as outside linebackers Terrell Suggs and Peter Boulware have eight and 5 ½ respectively.
Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.