- Associated Press - Sunday, November 21, 2010

CHARLOTTE, N.C. | It took one play for mystery man Brian St. Pierre to get the downtrodden Carolina Panthers in position for an upset.

Baltimore’s stars, Ed Reed and Ray Lewis, responded with two big milestone plays to spoil St. Pierre’s potential storybook day and put the Ravens in great shape in the AFC North.

Reed and Lewis each had interceptions that turned into touchdowns in the fourth quarter, Joe Flacco threw for 301 yards and a TD, and the Ravens overcame St. Pierre’s 88-yard touchdown pass to beat the stubborn Panthers 37-13 on Sunday.

“It was only a matter of time,” said Reed, who collected his 50th interception and then pitched it to Dawan Landry for a TD and a 30-13 lead. “We knew Brian St. Pierre was only with the team for this week. We knew they would be very cautious with the ball and play to their defense, which they did and hung around.

“It was just a matter of time for guys to be in the places they needed to be.”

The Ravens (7-3) recovered after a disheartening loss to Atlanta 10 days earlier by finally rattling Carolina’s inexperienced quarterback. Reed picked off St. Pierre, ran 19 yards, then pitched it to Landry, who went the remaining 23 yards for a touchdown with 4:59 left.

On the next play, Lewis got his 30th interception, returning St. Pierre’s pass 24 yards for a score and Baltimore kept pace with victorious Pittsburgh atop the division.

“It doesn’t get any better,” Lewis said. “We came out and got the victory we were supposed to get.”

He wiped out any chance of an improbable victory for St. Pierre, signed by Carolina (1-9) a little over a week ago. He threw his long TD pass to David Gettis early in the fourth quarter to get the Panthers within a touchdown.

“He just rolled out of bed and threw 80-yard bombs,” receiver Steve Smith said.

Ray Rice rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown and Billy Cundiff kicked three field goals for the Ravens, including a 49-yarder with 5:55 left in a day of milestones for Baltimore.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh’s 56-yard touchdown catch on the Ravens’ second play from scrimmage was the 600th reception of his career and the 51st TD pass for Flacco, tying him with Vinny Testaverde for the franchise lead.

Derrick Mason became the 13th player in NFL history with 900 career catches in the third quarter.

And they needed it all to fend off the Panthers.

“You just get tired of the little victories being your only ones,” left tackle Jordan Gross said.

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