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article imageNFL: Defense plays big role in Ravens beating the Jets 34-17

By Austin Tyler     Oct 3, 2011 in Sports
Baltimore - When you think of the New York Jets and the Baltimore Ravens you think ‘Defense’. Last night they proved you right as both of the offenses struggled as the defenses stepped up and gave us more excitement then a little bit in a Ravens 34-17 win.
The Baltimore Ravens (3-1) hosted the New York Jets (2-2) for a Sunday night Week 3 matchup that put ex-Ravens defensive coordinator and now Jets head coach Rex Ryan against his former team. Ryan was the Ravens defensive coordinator for 10 years before getting the Jets coaching gig, and this game put his old defense against his new defense to see which one will come out on top.
The Ravens got the ball to start the game and the offense struggled to get going as they only moved the ball 24-yards before punting the ball away. The Jets offense did not even get a chance to run a play as Mark Sanchez (11/35, 119 yards, 1 INT) was sacked by safety Ed Reed who forced the fumble and had Jameel McClain recover it and take it back 6-yards for a touchdown. That gave the Ravens a quick 7-0 lead to start the game and the defenses first of many touchdowns.
On the ensuing kickoff Billy Cundiff kicked the ball off and Joe McKnight took it from 7-yards deep to return the ball 107-yards for a touchdown. This was a quick strike for the Jets as they tied the game at 7-points right away with 11:58 to go in the first quarter.
Baltimore took over after the touchdown and moved the ball 75-yards on the drive. Ray Rice (25 carried, 65 yards, 1 TD) moved the ball on the ground with a 10-yard run. Joe Flacco (10/31, 163 yards, 1 Int) then hit Rice (2 receptions, 64 yards) on a 52-yard pass to set them up with good field position. The Ravens could not get the ball moving after that and had to settle for a Cundiff 38-yard field-goal.
The Jets struggled on offense as they went three and out and punted the ball back to the Ravens. Baltimore took over and Flacco hit Rice for a 12-yard gain and then connected with Anquan Boldin for a 28-yard pass which was his only catch of the game. Flacco put the Ravens in scoring position with a 13-yard pass to tight end Ed Dickson (4 receptions, 45 yards) that was tackled on the four-yard line. Rice then ran in from three-yards out to score a touchdown and make it a 17-7 game.
New York’s offense continued to struggle as they barely moved the ball before and the snap between Sanchez and the center was off. Sanchez did not get the ball and on the snap and he then fail on it. The Ravens took over and could not move the ball as they had to settle for another Cundiff field-goal. Cundiff made a 38-yard field-goal to make it a 20-7 Ravens lead.
The teams traded punts and then at the 11:09 mark the Jets had the ball again, and Haloti Ngata sacked Sanchez forcing him to fumble. Jarret Johnson recovered the ball and took it in for a touchdown to make it a 27-7 lead.
The Jets got the ball back only to go three and out on the drive and punt it back to the Ravens. The Ravens did not have it long as on the third play of the drive and David Harris picked it off and returned it 35-yards for a Jets touchdown. Harris score made it a 27-14 game with 6:17 left in the half.
With 4:41 left in the half after a Ravens punt, the Jets moved the ball 30-yards on the next drive to line Nick Folk up for 40-yard field-goal. Sanchez hit Santonio Holmes (3 reception, 33 yards) for a 22-yard pass to set the field-goal up. Folk made it a 27-17 game to close out the scoring for the half.
The Jets offense struggled as they began the second half with the ball and only moved the ball 28-yards before punting the ball away. The Ravens also continued to struggle with their offense as they went 13-yards in four plays before they punted the ball back to the Jets.
New York got the ball back and on the first play of the drive Sanchez threw another interception. Cornerback Lardarius Webb picked off the pass as he played the flats and ran it back 73-yards for a touchdown. This made the score 34-17 and that ended the scoring for the game with 8:49 left in the third quarter.
The rest of the game was ugly as both quarterbacks could not complete a pass, and the defenses shut down the running game. The 51 combined points by the Jets and Ravens are the most in NFL history in a game in which there was only 1 offensive TD. The previous record was 43 in a game in which the Chiefs beat the Steelers 24-19 in 1986
Jets and Ravens have combined for 4 defensive touchdowns on Sunday night. That ties the NFL record for most combined defensive touchdowns in a single game, done many times. The most recent instance (before Sunday) was October 19, 1986 in a Chargers-Chiefs game.
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