4:00 PM ET, January 13, 2002
MIAMI (AP) -- The defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens looked the part.The Miami Dolphins looked awful at playoff time, as usual. Bruising defense, a grinding ground game and one pivotal pass helped Baltimore beat Miami 20-3 in a wild-card playoff game Sunday.
The Ravens totally dominated both sides of the line of scrimmage -- they owned the offensive and defensive lines. That was the deciding factor in this game. It was a big shock to me that Baltimore was able to run so well against Miami's defense. Baltimore's game plan was to run the ball and to minimize what quarterback Elvis Grbac did. The offense was safe and conservative. The Ravens' plan was to get a lead and then let their defense win the game -- which is exactly what they did.
ESPN.com's Vinny Cerrato was director of player personnel for the Redskins and 49ers.
|The Ravens' win over Miami on Sunday was the fifth straight playoff win for Brian Billick, tying Tom Flores for the second-longest postseason victories to start a head coaching career. Billick and Flores still trail Joe Gibbs, who won six straight while coaching the Redskins in the early '80s, are ahead of a pair of 49er legends.|
Miami rookie receiver Chris Chambers, hobbled by sprains in both ankles, was inactive. ... Sharpe has been on the winning team in 12 consecutive postseason games, an NFL record. ... Baltimore's Ed Hartwell was ejected in the first quarter for throwing a forearm to the helmet of Twan Russell on a punt. ... The game was the only one this weekend to be blacked out, but it sold out shortly before kickoff. ... The Dolphins have trailed at halftime in their past nine playoff games. ... Baltimore improved to 6-0 when leading at the start of the fourth quarter.
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