Jaguars struggle with Ravens again

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There is something about the Baltimore Ravens that brings out the worst in the Jacksonville Jaguars. There's also something that allows the Jaguars to pull out the game.

There is something about the Baltimore Ravens that brings out the worst in the Jacksonville Jaguars. There's also something that allows the Jaguars to pull out the game.

After beating the Ravens 6-3 two weeks ago, the team with the NFL's best record (10-1) needed a 23-point fourth quarter capped by James Stewart's 4-yard run with 1:39 left to win 30-23 in Baltimore on Sunday.

Jacksonville trailed 16-7 after three periods and 23-22 with 6:26 remaining, but Mark Brunell went 10-for-13 for 125 yards in the final 15 minutes and finished 27-for-47 for 338 yards and two touchdowns. Two weeks ago, the Ravens (4-7) held Jacksonville to 132 yards for the entire game, but still managed to lose.

"It's like they just know they can beat us," Errict Rhett said after Baltimore fell to 0-8 lifetime against Jacksonville. "We've got to change that attitude."

The Jaguars began their comeback when Brunell converted a third-and-16 with a 24-yard completion to Keenan McCardell. Four plays later, Brunell hit McCardell for a 1-yard score.

The Jags went ahead 22-16 when Tony Brackens returned an interception 15 yards for a touchdown, and Jacksonville converted a 2-point conversion. After Tony Banks' 3-yard TD pass to Chuck Evans put Baltimore back in front, Brunell took the Jaguars 78 yards in 12 plays for the winning TD.

Banks went 17-for-34 for 214 yards and two touchdowns for Baltimore, but his 51st career fumble deep in Jacksonville territory killed a promising second-quarter drive with Baltimore up 10-0.

In other games, it was Arizona 34, the New York Giants 24; Cincinnati 27, Pittsburgh 20; Buffalo 17, New England 7; St. Louis 43, New Orleans 12; Washington 20, Philadelphia 17, in overtime; Minnesota 35, San Diego 27; Tennessee 33, Cleveland 21; Tampa Bay 16, Seattle 3; Kansas City 37, Oakland 34; Indianapolis 13, the New York Jets 6; and Carolina 34, Atlanta 28.

Green Bay is at San Francisco on Monday night, and Denver had a bye week.

The weekend began on Thanksgiving, with Dallas shutting out Miami 20-0 and Detroit beating Chicago 21-17.

Rams 43, Saints 12

In St Louis, Kurt Warner came back from a shaky half to lead the Rams (9-2) past the Saints (2-9).

St Louis led 15-12 at halftime as Warner, the NFL's leading passer, was just 5-of-15. But he completed 10 of his first 12 second-half passes. Marshall Faulk scored on runs of 1 and 6 yards and Torry Holt added two touchdown catches for the Rams.

Redskins 20, Eagles 17, OT

Washington, which lost two weeks ago in Philadelphia, blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter and botched two field-goal tries before finally winning on Brett Conway's 27-yard field goal 4:34 into overtime.

On the play before the game-winner, holder Brad Johnson mishandled the snap on a 20-yard try. Johnson fell on the ball and Conway, who missed a 28-yarder on the final play of regulation, got another attempt because it was only third down. The win kept the Redskins (7-4) in first place in the NFC East.

The Eagles (3-9) are last.

Bengals 27, Steelers 20

Rodney Heath had two interceptions, one for a touchdown and the other setting up a score, as Cincinnati held off the reeling Steelers (5-6) in Pittsburgh.

The Bengals (2-10) took a 24-3 lead behind turnovers and Jeff Blake's passing, then stopped a Pittsburgh comeback led by backup quarterback Mike Tomczak, who replaced slump-ridden Kordell Stewart.

Tomczak threw touchdown passes of 15 yards to Bobby Shaw and 34 to Hines Ward to make it 24-20 early in the third quarter.

Vikings 35, Chargers 27

Jeff George was 28-of-43 for 363 yards and four TDs for Minnesota, and Jim Harbaugh was 25-of-39 for 404 yards and one touchdown for San Diego (4-7) as the teams combined for more than 900 yards.

Cris Carter, who caught 11 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns, joined Jerry Rice, Andre Reed and Art Monk as the only players in NFL history with 900 career catches. The Vikings (7-4) tied Detroit for first in the NFC Central.

Colts 13, Jets 6

Peyton Manning passed for 198 yards and a touchdown as host Indianapolis won its seventh straight. It's the longest winning streak for the franchise since 1975 and kept the Colts (9-2) in first place in the AFC East.

The Colts are one game ahead of the Dolphins going their showdown next week at Miami. The Jets (4-7) had a three-game winning streak broken.

Bucs 16, Seahawks 3

Shaun King, playing in an NFL game for the first time after Trent Dilfer broke his collarbone, kept visiting Tampa Bay (7-4) even with Minnesota and Detroit in the NFC Central. King threw a 2-yard scoring pass to Patrick Hape with 2:39 gone in the final period, Tampa Bay's first offensive touchdown in three weeks.

The Tampa Bay defense, led by Warren Sapp, forced Jon Kitna into a career-high five interceptions and a lost fumble. Seattle (8-3) remained two games ahead in the NFC West.

Bills 17, Patriots 7

Doug Flutie threw touchdown passes to Eric Moulds and Sam Gash as Buffalo (8-4) won at home.

The Bills held New England (6-5) to 267 yards, and it avoided its first shutout in six years on Drew Bledsoe's 45-yard TD pass to Terry Glenn with 2:41 to play. It was the Patriots' third straight loss.

Titans 33, Browns 21

Tennessee's special teams set up a go-ahead score with a fumble recovery, and Derrick Mason ran a punt back 65 yards for another score as the Titans (9-2) came from behind in Cleveland.

For 30 minutes, it looked like the expansion Browns (2-10) might finally give Cleveland fans a chance to celebrate their first win at home since 1995. Cleveland led 14-7, then 14-13 at halftime.

Cardinals 34, Giants 24

The showdown between the New York Giants' quarterbacks of the present and past was upstaged by Jake Plummer.

Plummer replaced former Giants quarterback Dave Brown in the second half and threw two touchdown passes to lead Arizona to its third straight win and hand the Giants their third straight loss. Kerry Collins threw for 298 yards for New York, but also threw three interceptions and lost a fumble. Both teams are 5-6, two games behind first-place Washington in the NFC East.

Chiefs 37, Raiders 34

In Oakland, Cris Dishman scored on a 47-yard interception return and a 40-yard fumble runback, and Pete Stoyanovich kicked a 44-yard field goal as time expired as Kansas City (6-5) broke a three-game losing streak.

Stoyanovich's third field goal of the game capped a nine-play, 39-yard drive that began after Michael Husted of Oakland (5-6) missed a 44-yard field goal. Tony Gonzalez caught a 73-yard scoring pass from Elvis Grbac as the Chiefs rallied from a 34-20 deficit at the start of the fourth period.

Panthers 34, Falcons 28

Backup Donald Hayes, pressed into duty because one wide receiver was hurt and another is in jail, had five catches for 133 yards and a touchdown for host Carolina (5-6).

Carolina, trying to stay alive in the NFC playoff race, also got 262 yards passing and three touchdowns from Steve Beuerlein and 2 1/2 sacks by Kevin Greene.

Chris Chandler matched his career-high by throwing four scoring passes for Atlanta, but the Falcons (2-9) were penalized 14 times for 137 yards, including four pass-interference calls that contributed to a pair of Carolina touchdowns.