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The Ravens had this Oct. 5 game in their grasp until referee Bill Carollo waved his yellow hanky and called Ravens defensive-end linebacker Terrell Suggs for a controversial roughing-the-passer penalty. The penalty erased a false start on the Titans and gave them a first down, keeping the game-winning drive alive. Replays showed that Suggs hit Titans quarterback Kerry Collins more on the shoulder than on the helmet and that the contact looked incidental. Carollo was undeterred in calling the penalty that led to the 13-10 win for Tennessee.
WHAT HAPPENED: The Titans scored 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter as Collins directed an 11-play, 80-yard touchdown drive to keep his team unbeaten. Collins hit tight end Alge Crumpler with an 11-yard touchdown pass to cap the drive with 1:56 remaining. The Titans' drive that resulted in a field goal in the fourth quarter was a 13-play, 81-yarder. In building a 10-3 lead, the Ravens had not allowed a drive longer than 37yards.
KEY STATS: Collins was 17-for-32 for 163 yards and two interceptions. ... Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, looking like a rookie, was 18-for-27 for 153yards and two interceptions. ... Ravens running backs Willis McGahee and Le'Ron McClain combined for 115 yards and one touchdown on 33 carries.
QUOTABLE: "They said I hit him in the head, but I was nowhere near his head. In my six years of being an NFL player, I've never hit a quarterback in the head." - Suggs
"I think he hit me in the head, but it's hard to remember every play." - Collins
Source: Baltimore Sun archives