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Wright, Ravens at Their Greatest When It's Latest

BALTIMORE 44, SEATTLE 41 (OT)

November 24, 2003|From Associated Press

BALTIMORE — There was nothing in Anthony Wright's past to suggest he would be the architect of the Baltimore Ravens' greatest comeback.

Matt Stover kicked a 42-yard field goal with 6:32 left in overtime Sunday, capping a rally that carried the Ravens past the Seattle Seahawks, 44-41.

Making his seventh NFL start -- the second with the Ravens after being elevated from third string -- Wright helped Baltimore score 10 points in the final 72 seconds of regulation to force overtime.

He then directed a 55-yard drive in the extra period, connecting with Marcus Robinson for 19 yards on a third-and-15 play to set up Stover for the winner.

The frenzied finish seemed out of the question when Baltimore (6-5) fell behind, 41-24, with 14:16 remaining, but Wright and the Ravens never gave up hope.

"It was looking very, very dim. But we just let it all hang out," said Wright, 2-5 as an NFL starter. "Everything came together. It's unbelievable, for us to be down as much as we were and to come back."

It took the finest performance of Wright's career to enable Baltimore to end a two-game skid. He completed 20 of 37 passes for 319 yards and a personal-best four touchdowns -- all of them to Robinson.

After the improbable victory, Wright headed to the hospital to join his wife, who was expecting to give birth to the couple's second child Sunday night.

The Ravens' previous biggest comeback was from 16 down against Jacksonville in 2000.

Matt Hasselbeck threw a career-high five touchdown passes for the Seahawks, completing 23 of 41 for 333 yards.

But he failed on a fourth-down quarterback sneak late in regulation, allowing the Ravens to get the ball one more time with the score 41-38.

"We just needed one more play," Hasselbeck said. "We should have won the game, and we just didn't make it."

The Ravens got back into the game by taking advantage of the same kind of miscues that put them in a sizable hole.

First, Ed Reed blocked a punt and took it 16 yards into the end zone. Then the Seahawks (7-4) played soft defense in allowing the Ravens to march 71 yards in a drive capped by Wright's fourth touchdown pass with 1:12 remaining.

Seattle recovered the onside kick, but Hasselbeck failed to convert the pivotal fourth and one.

In an effort to beef up the defensive line, the Ravens placed 350-pound offensive tackle Orlando Brown at nose tackle.

The Ravens then used a 44-yard pass-interference call against Marcus Trufant to set up a 40-yard field goal by Stover on the final play of regulation.

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