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Ravens beat up by Giants

Ravens beat up by Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Baltimore Ravens discovered what the Eagles found out a week ago - it's no fun right now playing the New York Giants .

The Ravens (6-4) will surely not be in the best of moods when they host the Eagles on Sunday after yesterday's 30-10 loss at Giants Stadium. Of course the Eagles can't be feeling too good after yesterday's 13-13 tie with the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Eagles will be facing a streaky Ravens team, sort of like a mirror image of themselves.

Yesterday's loss snapped a four-game win streak for the Ravens. Before that streak, Baltimore had lost three in a row after winning their first two games.

The Giants (9-1) scored on their first three possessions, but Baltimore and rookie quarterback Joe Flacco of Audubon (N.J.) fame, showed some spunk until the game turned around late in the third quarter.

Flacco was moving the Ravens, who trailed 20-10 at the time. On a second-and-5 play from the Ravens' 47-yard line, Flacco threw a pass that normally dependable wide receiver Derrick Mason let slip through his hands, off his face mask, and into the arms of Giants cornerback Aaron Ross, who returned the interception 50 yards for a TD.

Mason had dislocated his shoulder the previous week against Houston, but he was making no alibis.

"I can't use the shoulder as an excuse," said Mason, who had seven receptions for 82 yards. "I have to make that catch."

Flacco has been one of the most pleasant surprises in the NFL. Even though he was sacked just once, Flacco faced sufficient pressure from the Giants. He completed 20 of 33 passes for 164 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Flacco was also Baltimore's leading rusher with 57 yards on six carries.

"I thought he played well for a young guy," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "He stood in there and made some plays even when the pressure was around him."

Flacco has already learned the importance of looking ahead and not back in the NFL.

"The Giants played us tough and we have to get back to the drawing board at practice this week and get ready for the Eagles," he said.

The Ravens are still defined by their defense, which goes back to their initial tenure in 1996 after the Cleveland Browns moved the team to Baltimore.

Baltimore entered yesterday as the NFL's best rushing defense, allowing 65.4 yards per game. The Ravens had allowed one rushing touchdown all season and no opponent had more than 76 net rushing yards in a game this year.

So much for statistics.

In the first quarter alone, the Giants had two rushing touchdowns from Brandon Jacobs, whom the Eagles saw enough of last week. Jacobs later took a shot in his knee, which is why he didn't see much action in the second half, according to Coughlin.

The Giants rushed for 207 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries (6.3 average). It was the first time since 1997 that Baltimore allowed 200 yards on the ground.

Now the Ravens will play four of their final six at home and coach John Harbaugh, the former Eagles assistant, will attempt to make sure that Baltimore doesn't experience the same post-Giants hangover that the Eagles had yesterday.

Contact staff writer Marc Narducci at 856-779-3225 or mnarducci@phillynews.com.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 17, 2008

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