- The Washington Times - Monday, December 3, 2001

BALTIMORE The Washington Redskins share one less NFL record after yesterday.
Baltimore Ravens safety Rod Woodson sits alone when it comes to scoring touchdowns off interceptions. Woodson picked off an errant fourth-quarter pass from Peyton Manning and returned it 47 yards for a touchdown with 1:34 left to ensure the Ravens' 39-27 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
Coming into the game, Woodson was tied with Redskins Hall of Fame safety Ken Houston with nine career interception returns for touchdowns.
At the time of Woodson's third interception of the season, the Ravens clung to a 32-27 lead. Woodson's interception was the 61st of his illustrious career and gave him 1,240 interception yards second all-time to Emlen Tunnell's 1,282 yards.
"As the elder statesman back there and a leader in the secondary, you have to make plays," Woodson said of his interception.
On the interception, Manning intended to hit wide receiver Marvin Harrison on a deep slant. Woodson acted like a center fielder and waited for Manning's pass to arrive. Woodson, a 15-year pro, waltzed untouched down the left sideline to the end zone.
"I told [Woodson] on the sidelines that it is a pleasure to play with [him] and that was even before that play," Ravens Pro Bowl middle linebacker Ray Lewis said. "Then, he came out and got that play and it's like, 'Wow.'"

Beast on Russell Street
In just his second career start, Ravens backup defensive end Adalius Thomas wreaked havoc on the Colts offense. Starting in place of injured left end Rob Burnett (calf), Thomas forced two fumbles, registered 11/2 sacks for minus-29 yards, batted down one pass and had seven tackles.
"I'm not here to go in and just go through the motions, I'm here to make plays," said Thomas, a second-year player out of Southern Mississippi. "Whoever you put me in for, be it Michael McCrary or Rob Burnett, there's no dropoff. I can make the same plays they can make."

A good talk
After the Colts' fourth straight loss, which saw Manning throw his sixth interception that was returned for a touchdown this season, Colts coach Jim Mora kept his composure.
After last week's 40-21 home loss to the San Francisco 49ers when Manning threw an interception that went for a touchdown, Mora went ballistic and openly criticized Manning's play. During a mid-week conference call, Manning directed some verbal shots of his own toward Mora. Now, the coach and star quarterback have everything straightened out.
"We sat down on Thursday, but it was a closed door [meeting] because Mora and I have an extremely close relationship," said Manning, who yesterday completed 27 of 48 passes for 310 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. "Whatever he said at the press conference, I just said it bothered me. That doesn't mean I don't like him. He is still my head coach and I have a lot of respect for him and I think he has a lot of respect for me. So I guess it became a big deal because it was out of character."

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