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    Boller, McAlister TDs highlight Ravens' win


    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Take away the seemingly minor knee injury to seven-time Pro Bowl tackle Jonathan Ogden and the Baltimore Ravens had a perfect preseason finale against the New York Giants Thursday night.

    Kyle Boller threw a touchdown pass, Chris McAlister scored on an interception return and Jim Fassel got to enjoy it all on the Ravens' sideline with a decisive 27-17 win over the Giants.

    "It's just what you want in the last preseason game," Baltimore coach Brian Billick said. "We came out relatively healthy. We had a lot of efficiency on offense. We gave up a big play and we turned around and responded. It was a complete game and you have to feel good about it."

    The first-quarter injury to Ogden had Billick sweating for a while, but the coach believes it was just a minor sprain to his left knee.

    The Ravens (3-1) were uncertain about Ogden's status for the season opener on Sept. 12 at Cleveland.

    The game was Fassel's first here since being fired by the Giants after a 4-12 campaign last season, and it must have seemed like old times.

    The Giants, who lost their last eight games in 2003, played poorly and the fans were booing the team and new coach Tom Coughlin by halftime.

    Fassel's quarterbacks also played well with Boller and Kordell Stewart combining to hit 14-of-15 passes in the first half for 186 yards.

    "It's a great way to go into the Cleveland game," said Boller, who was 6-of-7 for 84 yards, including a go-ahead 3-yard TD pass to Kevin Johnson. "We tried to work on being efficient and I think tonight we did some good things."

    The Giants (1-3) have bigger concerns heading into their opener at Philadelphia a week from Sunday.

    New York trailed 24-3 at the half and its only touchdowns, a 27-yard run by Chris Douglas and a 42-yard pass from Jesse Palmer to Jamaar Taylor, came against the Ravens' backups.

    "It's not what I was looking for in the last preseason game," Coughlin said.

    The Giants were miserable in almost every phase. The defense put up little opposition, the offense didn't produce points and placekicker Todd France missed his first field goal of the season.

    "You don't want to play as bad as we played," linebacker Carlos Emmons said. "Even though the records in the preseason don't mean anything, your performance means something, and we didn't play well at all."

    Boller, who has been personally tutored by Fassel this season, gave the Ravens a 7-3 lead with his pass to Johnson. It came one play after Ogden was hurt.

    While Ogden was being examined on the bench, the Ravens' defense scored. On a third-and-9 from the Giants 14, McAlister stepped in front of Kurt Warner's pass to Amani Toomer along the left sideline and returned it 23 yards for a 14-3 lead.

    Stewart took over at the start of the second quarter and hit all eight of his passes for 102 yards. He hit five in a 72-yard drive that ended with Matt Stover kicking a 29-yard field goal.

    After Warner was sacked on a fourth-and-4 at the Ravens 41, Stewart hit Randy Hymes on passes of 9, 9 and 32 yards on consecutive plays in setting up Musa Smith's 6-yard touchdown run with 1:50 left in the half.

    As the teams went to the sidelines, Fassel heard the all-too familiar "boos" from the Giants fans. This time though, they were aimed at Coughlin.

    Wade Richey added a 50-yard fourth-quarter field goal for Baltimore's only points in the second half.

    The Giants' only bright moment in the first half came on their opening series, when Warner completed a 49-yard pass to Tim Carter to set up a 24-yard field goal by Todd France.

    Warner finished 7-of-9 for 79 yards. Eli Manning, the No. 1 pick overall, was 4-for-7 for 99 yards.

    Game notes
    Recently signed CB Deion Sanders took the train from Baltimore to New Jersey on Thursday and watched the game on the sideline, wearing a black shirt, shorts and carrying a yellow towel. ... Taylor, the Giants' sixth-round draft pick who had not caught a pass in the preseason, had four catches for 135 yards, a 33.8 yard average. ...Baltimore had the ball almost 35 minutes. ...Nick Greisen made a run at the Giants' starting MLB spot with 13 tackles.

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    Playing at home, Kurt Warner and the New York Giants were being booed by halftime of a 27-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in an NFL exhibition game Thursday night.

    Warner completed seven of nine passes for 79 yards. On the opening series, Warner completed a 49-yard pass to Tim Carter to set up a 24-yard field goal by Todd France.

    However, on a third-and-9 from the Giants 14, McAlister stepped in front of Kurt Warner's pass to Amani Toomer along the left sideline and returned it 23 yards for a 14-3 lead.

    Warner was sacked on a fourth-and-4 at the Ravens 41, setting up the Ravens, who drove four plays, scoring on Musa Smith's 6-yard touchdown run with 1:50 left in the half.

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  • Nick
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    BALTIMORE (Dec. 5, 2004) -- Carson Palmer capped his finest day in the NFL with an appropriate ending to an improbable comeback.

    Down by 17 points entering the fourth quarter, the Bengals pierced the proud defense of the Baltimore Ravens for 24 points over the final 15 minutes and escaped with a 27-26 victory.

    Shayne Graham kicked a 24-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Bengals their first win in Baltimore in eight tries since 1996.

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    A 32-yard pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh and a 22-yarder to Chad Johnson were the key plays in the drive.

    Palmer, a second-year pro, went 29-for-36 for a career-high 382 yards. Houshmandzadeh had 10 catches for 171 yards and Johnson amassed 161 yards on his 10 receptions.

    Before Sunday, the Bengals had been outscored 73-50 in the fourth quarter.

    After scoring 58 points one week earlier against Cleveland, the Bengals could muster only a field goal through the opening 45 minutes. But Palmer brought Cincinnati back, passing for 200 yards and three touchdowns during the wild fourth quarter.

    Chester Taylor ran for 139 yards and a touchdown in place of the injured Jamal Lewis, but it wasn't enough for the Ravens (7-5).

    Baltimore took a 20-3 lead late in the third quarter when Ed Reed intercepted an overthrow by Palmer and took it 21 yards before fumbling. Teammate Chris McAlister scooped up the loose ball and took it 64 yards into the end zone, breaking several tackles along the way.

    At that point, the Bengals appeared doomed to yet another lopsided defeat in Baltimore. But Palmer had other plans.

    He followed a muffed punt by Ravens rookie B.J. Sams with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Johnson, then tossed a 12-yarder to Johnson to bring Cincinnati to 20-17.

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    Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes and the Giants sacked Marc Bulger six times while limiting the St. Louis Rams to a fluke touchdown in a 41-13 victory on Sunday. The Rams (0-2) came up with another dud in their home opener, which also served as a tribute to late owner Georgia Frontiere.

    The Giants have not lost a road game since their opener last season.

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    The Rams' 3-13 season in 2007 left fans bailing out; the last two home games, against the Packers and Steelers, had nearly as many visiting fans. The Rams briefly won back a restless fan base that had begun to boo when Torry Holt scored on a 45-yard pass while flat on his back on a ball twice deflected by safety Kenny Phillips.

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    Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes and defensive lineman Justin Tuck had a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown as the defending Super Bowl champion Giants used a fourth-quarter surge to throttle the Rams 41-13.

    In two games, the Rams (0-2) have been outscored 79-16, have converted a first down on only three of their 24 third-down opportunities and have surrendered 963 yards of total offense.

    In his postgame press conference, which lasted less than four minutes, a visibly angry Rams coach Scott Linehan ranted about how his team let a close game turn into a rout in the fourth quarter.

    "The bottom line is we can't expect to win games playing the way we're playing," Linehan said. "Last week was different than this week. I think you guys would agree that for 3 1/2 quarters, we were right there.

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  • MauiRam
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    Perhaps enticed by the sight of the end zone barely 40 feet away, quarterback Kyle Boller was a little late on his slide. Cincinnati linebacker Keith Rivers made him pay with a hit so jarring it knocked Boller's helmet off his head.

    Rams running back Samkon Gado was immediately on the scene, telling Boller to stay down and take a minute to recover his thoughts. Boller would have none of it.

    "Oh, he's a tough kid," right guard Richie Incognito said. "He popped right up. He got right back in the huddle and he kept going. It didn't even faze him. I would've taken a second to shake that bad boy off; he took it right on the chin."

    Boller later conceded things might have been a little bit fuzzy for a few seconds. But you wouldn't have known it by the way he acted in the huddle.

    "He said, 'We're going to take this ball in the end zone right now,'" center Jason Brown said. "And that's exactly what we did."

    It took three plays to score, but you get the point. Boller showed the kind of bravado the big grunts up front love to see from their quarterback.

    "Of course," Brown said. "Not only do we like to set the tempo, but when we see that the skill position guys have just as much enthusiasm as we do, that is very encouraging."

    Boller's 8-yard scramble advanced the ball to the Cincinnati 12. After reuniting his helmet with his head, Boller completed a short pass to Laurent Robinson, then handed off to Gado for a short gain. Next came pay dirt: Boller tossed a shovel pass to Gado, totally fooling the Bengals' defense, with Gado scoring untouched from 2 yards out.

    The Rams had a 14-7 lead with 4 minutes, 51 seconds left in the first quarter and never looked backed in what became a 24-21 triumph at Paul Brown Stadium.

    A few months from now, none of this may mean a thing. But that sequence, and Boller's play in general Thursday, showed his teammates that he can get it done.

    "I gained a lot of respect for him; a lot of respect for him," Gado said. "It was a pretty hard hit because I was right there. I saw it firsthand."

    The performance didn't go unnoticed by the Rams' coaching staff. Coach Steve Spagnuolo agreed with the suggestion that, if anything, the team now has more confidence in Boller's ability to lead the offense for a game or two or more should something happen to Marc Bulger in the regular season.

    "Yeah, I think he's kind of proven that," Spagnuolo said Friday. "I think the guys do rally around him. You know, he said it best. How did he say it? It's not his first rodeo. So he's been through it. That's important. I think that's a good thing to have."

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