Ravens - Giants: Misc. game notes

RUNNING HARD: Running back Jamal Lewis eased back into the lineup with eight carries for 32 yards in his first game since a sprained ankle kept him out of the last two games.<br><br> Lewis didn't return after having his ankle re-taped at halftime, but apparently didn't injure himself again. Chester Taylor rushed for 104 yards on 25 carries, his second consecutive 100-yard outing.

"No setbacks, I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish," Lewis said. "It felt a little funny starting off, but it ended up pretty good."

Nickel back Deion Sanders returned after missing four games with a foot injury. He tackled Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey and returned a lateral from Ed Reed for16 yards.
"I'm not feeling any pain right now, but we'll see how it feels in a few hours when the medication wears off," Sanders said.

TRAINING ROOM: Linebacker and special-teams standout Bart Scott injured his knee and will have a magnetic resonance imaging exam today. He returned to the game, but was limping badly afterward.

Linebacker T.J. Slaughter left the game with a mild concussion.

"I was feeling a little dizzy, but I don't think I had a concussion," Slaughter said.

RESPECTED: Cornerback Chris McAlister was completely avoided by struggling Giants rookie quarterback Eli Manning, who threw his way just once. McAlister got away with tripping and leg-whipping receiver Ike Hilliard, too.

"It was a boring day," McAlister said. "I don't even felt like I had my uniform on. A cornerback wants them to throw the ball his way."

DEBUT: Quarterback Kordell Stewart made his first appearance under center in a regular-season game for Baltimore. He relieved Boller with 3:49 remaining.

"It was good to get those reps," Stewart said. "You never know when you might be called upon, and you need to be ready. It was good to get that out of the way."

IN ATTENDANCE: Gov. Robert Ehrlich attended the game along with his wife, appearing on the Ravens' sideline.

Plus, agent David Dunn, who represents Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Heap and cornerback Gary Baxter was here. An unrestricted free agent after the season, Baxter is one of general manager Ozzie Newsome's top priorities.

INACTIVES: The Ravens deactivated quarterback Anthony Wright, kickoff specialist Wade Richey, long snapper Joe Maese (back), offensive tackle Tony Pashos, wide receiver Randy Hymes, linebacker Cornell Brown, defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu (leg) and defensive end Dwan Edwards.

The Ravens cut punter Nick Murphy with Dave Zastudil returning from a shoulder injury, and re-signed long snapper Mike Solwold to replace Maese.

QUICK HITS: The Pittsburgh Steelers officially clinched the AFC North title with a win over the New York Jets. The Ravens are two games behind the Jets for the fifth AFC playoff spot and are tied with the Denver Broncos for the sixth spot.

… When Jamal Lewis appeared to fumble in the first half and was ruled down by contact, Giants team president and chief operating officer John Mara complained vehemently in the press box to veteran NFL observer Ace Heberling during the game. That's not the proper protocol for protesting an official's ruling.

… The Ravens improved to 8-5 for the first time in team history.

… Their 37 points are a season-high and most since scoring 44 in an overtime win over Seattle last season.

… Wide receiver Travis Taylor, who dropped another pass Sunday, eclipsed the 200 career reception mark with three to give him 202 for his career.

… Linebacker Ray Lewis recorded his ninth career fumble recovery to surpass Rob Burnett's team mark.

Aaron Wilson is the chief writer for RavensInsider.Com He is also the Ravens' reporter for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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