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Harbaugh finds success with challenges, but Rice's fumble-free streak ends

A lackluster offensive display against the

Jacksonville Jaguars

Monday night notwithstanding,

John Harbaugh

and the

Ravens

have been sharp when it comes to overturning plays this season.

Harbaugh improved to 5-of-6 in challenging officials' rulings. He won two against the Jaguars.

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On first down-and-goal from the Ravens' 3-yard line in the first quarter, Harbaugh successfully challenged an initial ruling that

Maurice Jones-Drew

was down by contact at the 1 prior to the Jaguars running back getting stripped by free safety

Ed Reed

.

After review, the Ravens were awarded the ball at the 1. Inside linebacker

Jameel McClain

recovered the fumble.

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On third-and-17 from their own 24 in the second quarter, a

Ray Rice

completion appeared to end with Jacksonville middle linebacker

Paul Posluszny

stripping Rice and cornerback

Drew Coleman

recovering the loose ball at the Ravens' 37.

But another review showed that Rice was down by contact prior to fumbling, and the ball was returned to the Ravens for fourth-and-7 on their own 34.

Harbaugh has now won his last four challenges. His only unsuccessful attempt occurred in the win against the

St. Louis Rams

on Sept. 25 when he tried to overturn a 2-yard gain for a first down by running back

Cadillac Williams

.

In four seasons as the head coach, Harbaugh has succeeded on at least half of his challenges three times. The only time he was under 50 percent was last season when he won just 1-of-9 challenges.

Rice's streak ends

Rice's streak of touches without a fumble is no more.

Rice fumbled the ball when he ran into the back of right guard

Marshal Yanda

after a short gain on the offense's first play of its third possession. Jacksonville cornerback

Rashean Mathis

recovered the loose ball at the Ravens' 34.

It was Rice's first regular-season fumble in 522 touches and his first since losing one against the

Pittsburgh Steelers

on Dec. 27, 2009.

McPhee makes play in front of family

Rookie defensive end

Pernell McPhee

got a chance to show off his pass-rushing skills before some family members.

The club's second of two fifth-round picks in April, McPhee and inside linebacker

Brendon Ayanbadejo

split a sack of Jaguars quarterback

Blaine Gabbert

in the second quarter. With 2½ sacks, McPhee ranks third on defense behind outside linebacker

Terrell Suggs

(five sacks) and defensive tackle

Haloti Ngata

(three).

About 25 family members were in attendance. McPhee's mother, grandmother and great-grandmother were expected to be part of a contingent making the 289-mile trip by car from his hometown of Pahokee, Fla.

Carr, Zbikowski out

Injuries continued to dog the Ravens' secondary.

The defense played without cornerback

Chris Carr

and starting strong safety

Tom Zbikowski

. Carr sat out his third straight contest with a left hamstring injury, while Zbikowski missed his second consecutive game with post-concussion symptoms. Carr and Zbikowski had been listed as questionable and doubtful for Monday night.

Rookie cornerback

Jimmy Smith

(high left

ankle sprain

) was active after fully practicing Friday and Saturday. Smith didn't overtake

Cary Williams

and

Lardarius Webb

as starters, but the club's first-round pick in April did play on special teams.

End zone

The Ravens also deactivated a pair of starters in wide receiver

Lee Evans

(left ankle) and left guard

Ben Grubbs

(strained ligaments in right toe) — both of whom had been ruled out Saturday. Rookie

Torrey Smith

and

Andre Gurode

made their fourth straight starts for Evans and Grubbs, respectively. The team scratched linebackers

Dannell Ellerbe

(hamstring) and

Sergio Kindle

and rookie running back

Anthony Allen

(thigh). … Jacksonville deactivated starting left guard

Eben Britton

(back), who was listed as doubtful.

Will Rackley

started at left guard. The Jaguars also scratched wide receiver

Chastin West

, safety

Courtney Greene

, guard

Jason Spitz

, tight end

Martin Rucker

, wide receiver

Jarett Dillard

and defensive tackle

Nate Collins

. … Center

Matt Birk

, inside linebacker

Jameel McClain

and defensive end

Cory Redding

represented the Ravens for the coin toss.

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