There was a time when the Ravens owned the Tennessee Titans. On Nov. 24, 2002, the Titans came to Baltimore with a 6-4 record and quarterback Steve McNair playing some of his best football. But the Ravens, behind strong special teams play and a solid defense, beat the Titans, 13-12, before an announced 69,365 at Ravens Stadium.
WHAT HAPPENED: Rookie Ed Reed blocked a punt for the game's only touchdown, and the Ravens' defense, despite playing without the injured Ray Lewis and Chris McAlister, came up with four turnovers. Just more than a minute into the game, Reed blocked Craig Hentrich's punt, picked it up and ran 11 yards into the end zone. Matt Stover added two field goals.
KEY STATS: The Ravens were outgained 402-199 and were dominated in time of possession, 34:09-25:51, but they jumped to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter despite having just 8 yards of offense. ... Ravens quarterback Jeff Blake was 11-for-24 for 109 yards and an interception. ... Ravens running back Jamal Lewis had 65 of his 95yards in the final quarter. ... McNair threw four interceptions.
QUOTABLE: "I like beating Tennessee. We've beaten them for a long time, and it always hurts their feelings. They're a good team, but for some reason we've had their number lately."
- Ravens offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden
"It seems like we were overmatched in personnel, but there's always an extra fire when we play the Titans. We always seem to look like the '85 Bears out there against them."
- Ravens linebacker Peter Boulware
From Baltimore Sun archives