Dilfer leads Baltimore comeback for 24-23 victory
By B. Duane Cross, CNNSI.com
Quarterback Trent Dilfer will never be confused with Johnny Unitas -- or even Marty Domres -- in Baltimore football lore. But for the second consecutive week, Dilfer led the Ravens to victory.
Dilfer completed 23 of 36 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns as Baltimore defeated Tennessee 24-23. Of course, the Titans' final score was an 87-yard interception return by Perry Phenix for a short-lived 23-17 lead.
But when Baltimore needed him most, Dilfer responded. With 2:30 remaining in the game, Dilfer engineered a nine-play, 70-yard drive that consumed 2:05 off the clock. A 36-yard pass to tight end Shannon Sharpe to the Tennessee 29 kept the drive alive. Sharpe had a team-high eight catches for 92 yards. A 2-yard pass to Patrick Johnson was the game-winner.
Through the first three seasons of his career, Dilfer had a TD-INT ratio of 17:43. In his past three-plus season, Dilfer has 58 touchdowns and 40 picks, including five TDs and three interceptions this season.
Helping keep the pressure off Dilfer was rookie running back Jamal Lewis, who rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown. Lewis also became the leading rookie rusher (738 yards), moving ahead of Denver's Mike Anderson (679).