1:00 PM ET, October 29, 2006
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Blasted off his feet as he threw, Steve McNair lay on his back for a moment, then propped up his head, grinning after another first-down pass.In his return from a concussion and strained neck two weeks ago, McNair never shied away from contact, throwing accurately in the face of penetrating defenders or scrambling for key first downs.
|Scouts Inc.'s take ...|
Coach Brian Billick did a good job of keeping the Saints defense off balance with his multiple groupings and play selection. The Ravens got back to their power running game with RB Jamal Lewis to set up the play-action pass and, as a result, QB Steve McNair (above) easily played his best game of the season.
However, the storyline of this game was the turnovers the Ravens' defense created that resulted in 28 points. The Ravens attacked the Saints' running game with multiple fronts, which resulted in the Saints becoming a one-dimensional passing attack. Defensive coordinator Rex Ryan rattled QB Drew Brees with his multiple pressure and disguises on the backend in coverage. Even though Brees threw for 383 yards and three touchdowns, his critical mistakes and New Orleans' penalties played a major role in the outcome of this game.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees was only the second player in NFL history to throw two passes in the same game that were intercepted inside his own 15-yard line and returned for TDs. The other was Donald Hollas of the Raiders against the Dolphins in 1998.
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The Ravens' fumble recovery in the first quarter was their 14th of the season. Their four interceptions gave them five for the season. ... Saints kick return specialist Michael Lewis played for the first time since Sept. 19, 2005. He had a 46-yard kickoff return in the first half.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.7||6.5|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||3-3||0-3|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||2||0|
|TD||7:59||Steve McNair, 5 yd run (Matt Stover kick is good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 43 yds, 4:56
|TD||12:24||Clarence Moore, 4 yd pass from Steve McNair (Matt Stover kick is good)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yds, 6:57
|TD||6:17||Ronnie Prude, 12 yd interception return (Matt Stover kick is good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 5 yds, 1:27
|TD||4:15||Joe Horn, 32 yd pass from Drew Brees (John Carney kick is good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 52 yds, 2:01
|TD||0:15||Todd Heap, 6 yd pass from Steve McNair (Matt Stover kick is good)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 71 yds, 3:58
|TD||8:13||Dawan Landry, 12 yd interception return (Matt Stover kick is good)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 12 yds, 0:00
|TD||14:52||Marques Colston, 47 yd pass from Drew Brees (John Carney kick is good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 74 yds, 1:19
|TD||0:41||Marques Colston, 25 yd pass from Drew Brees|
Drive info: 6 plays, 60 yds, 1:20