Baltimore Ravens defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Baltimore Ravens defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Baltimore Ravens defence was in fine form on Sunday 28 November when it held the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to just 263 total yards and only 10 points en route to 17-10 victory.

How it happened

All the Ravens scoring came in the second quarter. Tight end Todd Heap somehow got in behind the Buccaneers' secondary and caught a pass from Joe Flacco which he proceeded to run 65 yards all the way to the end zone for a touchdown.

The Ravens went into half-time up 17-3 when a questionable pass interference call was made on rookie defensive back Myron Lewis and kept a late Ravens drive alive. The penalty gave the Ravens a first and goal opportunity from the 10-yard line which they converted on the very next play when Joe Flacco hit Derick Mason for a touchdown. Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris was furious about the pass interference call after it seemed his team had done well to stop the Ravens, and he argued his point badgering referees as all were on their way to the locker room for the half-time break.

The Buccaneers managed a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to make the game close when quarterback Josh Freeman hooked up with tight end Kellen Winslow at the end of a 13-play, 77-yard, scoring drive.

What they're saying

Coach Morris was passionate in his dispute of the pivotal pass interference call that led to the Ravens second touchdown, but admitted there was nothing he could do. "I disagreed with it at the time, but it is what it is," he told reporters. "My opinion really doesn't matter. The call was made and you got to move on."

For the Ravens, the victory was an important one as they stay tied atop the AFC North Division, on pace with the Pittsburgh Steelers whom they get set to face next week. "I don't think you ever want to diminish this victory," coach John Harbaugh said after the game. "It's one we really need to get where we're going. It's a game that bridged us into December. It gives us an opportunity to accomplish some things. We're playing the biggest game of the year."

What it all means

For the Buccaneers, the loss to the Ravens could have devestating consequences as they drop to 7-4 on the season and to third place in the NFC South. They also have yet to beat a team with a winning record this season. They get set to face the first place Atlanta Falcons next Sunday 5 December.

The Ravens are well on their way to a play-off berth at 8-3, and will be looking to claw their way to one of the AFC's top two places when they take on the Pittsburgh Steelers next week.