ravens watch one fly away

November 25, 1996


The Associated Press

BALTIMORE - For the Jacksonville Jaguars, it was something new - a record fifth win, the first overtime victory in franchise history and their initial road win of the year.

For the Baltimore Ravens, it was the same old story.

The Jaguars fought back from a 15-point deficit in the final 13 minutes of regulation before Mike Hollis kicked a 34-yard field goal with 5:57 left in overtime Sunday for a 28-25 victory.

The first overtime victory in Jacksonville's two-year existence gave the Jaguars five wins in a season for the first time. It was also their first road win since October 1995, when they beat the Cleveland Browns - who now, of course, are the Ravens.


``A great win for us on the road. It was something this football team needed,'' quarterback Mark Brunell said. ``To win on the road, to get five wins, well, I just feel good right now.''

Running back Natrone Means, who ran for 21 yards in the final drive, said, ``This is definitely something that we need. A win is always good, but now we got our first win on the road. Hopefully we got some things to build on.''

The Jaguars beat the Browns twice last year and swept the Ravens this season. They're 4-0 against the Browns and Ravens and 5-19 against the rest of the NFL.

``Certainly going into a game like this you've got confidence because of that,'' Brunell said. ``It was a situation where we realized that we had been in an identical situation two weeks ago. We had confidence that we could move the ball against these guys, and it worked.''

Baltimore (3-9) has lost seven of eight, and this one was quite similar to all the rest. It was the fifth time during the streak the Ravens blew a lead in the fourth quarter - including two weeks ago, when Jacksonville scored 14 points in the final four minutes in a 30-27 win.

``I feel silly standing up here and talking to you,'' Ravens quarterback Vinny Testaverde said. ``Just take the same quotes from the last few weeks and write the same story.''

This time, Jacksonville (5-7) cut a 15-point deficit to 25-17 with 12:04 remaining on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Brunell to Pete Mitchell. Still, the Jaguars appeared done when Mitchell couldn't handle a fourth-down pass with 2:49 left.

But Testaverde immediately fumbled without being hit and Jacksonville recovered on the Baltimore 19. Brunell subsequently threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Willie Jackson with 1:24 left, then ran for the conversion to tie the game.

The Ravens had the last shot in regulation, but Matt Stover was wide right on a 49-yard field goal attempt with two seconds left.

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