The Baltimore Ravens came into Giants Stadium on Sunday, bringing their top-ranked run defense up against the New York Giants, who have a pretty respectable defense themselves. At first glance, one would think “Boooooo-ring!!” If you thought that, then you thought wrong.
Actually, there was more offense than would be expected between these two teams. But there was a slight problem – the Giants’ running duo of Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw. Between both of them, they ran for 169 yards and 2 touchdowns; factor in Dedric Ward and you have 210 yards on the ground. When the smoke cleared, the Giants’ running attack overwhelmed the Ravens run defense, with the end result being New York dominating Baltimore 30-10.
Jacobs accounted for all of the scoring for New York in the first quarter as he ran for 2 one-yard TD’s in a span of 7:46; quarterback Eli Manning would throw a 1-yard TD pass to little-used tight end Darcy Johnson, coupled with a 38-yard field goal by Baltimore kicker Matt Stover and the Giants would go into their locker room with a 20-3 lead.
Ravens fullback Le’Ron McClain scored on a 10-yard TD pass from QB Joe Flacco, narrowing the Giants’ advantage to 20-10; with 14 ticks left in the third period, Flacco threw a pick-6 to New York CB Aaron Ross, who ran the INT back 50 yards for a score – increasing the Giants’ lead to 27-10, sealing the win for New York.
Manning had a mediocre outing, going 13-of-23 for 153 yards witha TD and an INT while Flaco went 20-of-33 for 164 yards with a TD and 2 INT’s. Bradshaw led all Giants rushers with 96 yards on only 9 carries while Jacobs ran for 73 yards and 2 scores. Flacco was the Ravens’ leading rusher with 57 yards on 6 carries. Ward led the Giants receivers with 54 yards on 4 receptions while Plaxico Burress added 47 receiving yards.
Derrick Mason led all Baltimore receivers with 7 receptions for 82 yards while McClain added 31 receiving yards and a score. New York (9-1) plays again on Sunday when they fly to Phoenix to take on the Arizona Cardinals while Baltimore (6-4) returns home to host the Philadelphia Eagles – also on Sunday.