- The Washington Times - Monday, October 29, 2001

BALTIMORE Randall to the rescue.
Randall Cunningham, Baltimore's 38-year-old backup quarterback, guided the Ravens to a come-from-behind victory in a must-win game yesterday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Cunningham, who made his first start of the season in place of Elvis Grbac, engineered two fourth-quarter touchdown drives that allowed the Ravens to erase an 11-point deficit and defeat the Jaguars 18-17 at PSINet Stadium.
Cunningham, the NFL's all-time leading rusher among quarterbacks, used his strong arm and not his legs to defeat the desperate Jaguars (2-4). Cunningham threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Qadry Ismail in the right side of the end zone with 4:07 left for the win.
On the game-winning drive, Cunningham fumbled two snaps with two different centers Mike Flynn and Orlando Bobo but recovered both miscues to allow the Ravens to keep possession.
"Randall told us to stay humble [during the winning drive] and good things were going to happen," said Ravens running back Jason Brookins. "It happened, we came out with the victory."
With 16 years of NFL experience behind Cunningham, the Ravens' offense knew it was in good hands despite the patchwork offensive line, which allowed five sacks for minus-31 yards. In the fourth quarter with the game on the line, Cunningham coolly completed seven of seven passes for 76 yards, including Ismail's touchdown. Cunningham finished with a 91.1 quarterback rating.
It was Cunningham's first start since last Nov. 5, when he quarterbacked the Dallas Cowboys against the Philadelphia Eagles. With yesterday's 222-yard effort, Cunningham now has 29,821 career passing yards.
Despite Cunningham's solid performance, Ravens coach Brian Billick said Grbac would be the Ravens starting quarterback this week against the division-leading Pittsburgh Steelers if Grbac has sufficiently recovered from bruised ribs. Cunningham accepts his role as the backup.
"Even though I started this game, I don't know if I'm starting the next game or the game after, I'm just going to do my job," Cunningham said.

Scorched secondary
The Jaguars lit up the Ravens secondary once again. Quarterback Mark Brunell feasted on Duane Starks and Chris McAlister, Baltimore's young cornerbacks.
Brunell completed 25 of 37 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns. Keenan McCardell and Jimmy Smith, the Jaguars' gifted wide receivers, each had more than 100 yards. Smith (seven receptions for 119 yards and one TD) recorded his sixth 100-yard game against the Ravens. McCardell (10 receptions for 118 yards) recorded his fourth career 100-yard game against Baltimore.
It marked the ninth time McCardell and Smith have both gone over 100 yards in the same game and the fourth time the dangerous duo has done it against the Ravens (4-3). It was the third straight game the Ravens corners have been targeted.
"I wasn't playing way off, I was just backed up a lot faster," Starks said of his coverage on Smith and McCardell. "Most of the night we played three-deep, so I was over the top. We expected everything that they gave us today. Brunell had a pretty good day scrambling and making great plays. If I have to look like I'm getting beat all the time to just get a win, then fine."

In your face
Some think Baltimore's PSINet Stadium is the toughest place for a road team to win. Not Jaguars running back Stacey Mack. When Mack caught an 11-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown pass to the give the Jaguars a seemingly insurmountable 17-6 lead, he showed what he thought of PSINet Stadium.
After his touchdown, Mack ran to the stands, jumped up on the railing and viciously spiked the ball into the first row.

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