McNair's 11-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Derrick Mason in the back of the end zone represented a major case of deja vu as the two former Tennessee teammates collaborated once again for a last-minute win against their old team. By scoring 20 unanswered points after falling behind 26-7 and shutting the Titans out in the second half, the win marks the greatest comeback in franchise history with Baltimore overcoming a 19-point deficit. The previous best was coming back from a 17-point lead in 2004 to defeat the Seattle Seahawks in overtime. The win boosts the Ravens (7-2) to a three-game lead over the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North.
2. Defensive end Trevor Pryce batted down Titans kicker Rob Bironas' 43-yard field goal attempt with 42 seconds remaining to seal the win. It was reminiscent of how the Ravens beat the Titans in an AFC divisional playoff game on their march to the Super Bowl in 2000 when Keith Washington blocked Al Del Greco's kick and Anthony Mitchell returned it for a touchdown. Pryce credited teammate Justin Bannan for clearing a path with an outstanding push inside.
3. Despite not having middle linebacker Ray Lewis due to a back injury and backup Mike Smith leaving the game with a shoulder injury in the first series, the Ravens' defense managed to contain Vince Young after a shaky start with former practice squad member Dennis Haley filling in capably at middle linebacker. Although they allowed their first 100-yard rushing performance since last December as Travis Henry generated 107 yards on 27 carries, the defense became much stingier after halftime. They didn't allow a point after the second quarter.
4. Blocking fullback Ovie Mughelli scored his first NFL touchdown, rumbling for 30 yards in the second quarter to close the gap to 26-14 and start the comeback. He caught a career-high three passes for 44 yards.
5. For the ninth game in a row, the Ravens registered at least one sack and an interception as safety Ed Reed intercepted his second pass of the season, linebacker Adalius Thomas posted his team-high eighth sack of the year to tie his career-high and his fifth week in a row with at least one sack. Plus, rookie Dawan Landry recorded his first NFL sack.
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland.
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