- The Washington Times - Monday, December 23, 2002

BALTIMORE Baltimore's late-game collapse can't be pinned on linebacker Peter Boulware.
Boulware, who was named to his third Pro Bowl on Thursday, recorded two huge sacks on Cleveland Browns quarterback Tim Couch in the second half that forced the Browns to punt.
Boulware, who is the Ravens' all-time sacks leader with 59, threw Couch down for 16 yards in losses. On Couch's game-winning 92-yard drive, the Brown's were chipping Boulware with a running back since he was destroying Browns left tackle Ross Verba.
For Boulware, it was the way the Ravens lost, that was the most frustrating. The Browns had no timeouts and went the length of the field.
"We had been shutting them out pretty much all game," Boulware said. "I don't think we panicked. All year, we've done a great job of not panicking, I just think they executed well. They put together a great drive and we did all we could do to stop them and they were hitting passes and making plays."
When asked about cornerback Chris McAlister's late-hit penalty that put the Browns at the Ravens 13 with 1:26 left and needing a touchdown to take the lead, Boulware didn't hold back giving his opinion.
"If we're going to be a great team in the next few years, we're going to have to learn to not give up big penalties," Boulware said. "When we get older and we get more experience, we should be able to buckle down and stop them. We didn't. We gave them a penalty and it hurt us right there."
Pick-happy Ravens
Ravens free safety Anthony Mitchell's third-quarter interception of a poorly thrown Tim Couch pass intended for tight end Matt Campbell tied the team record for interceptions (23) for a season set in 2000, when the Ravens won the Super Bowl.
Sign of the times
Ravens fans hung a sign directly behind the Browns bench reminding the team of its most embarrassing moment this season. "Thanks to Rudd, your season's a dud." The sign was in reference to Cleveland linebacker Dwayne Rudd's bonehead play in the season opener when he took off his helmet to celebrate an apparent Brown's victory, only to be flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike behavior that set up Morten Andersen's game-winning 30-yard field goal on the game's final play in a 40-39 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Grand entrance
Michael McCrary and Ray Lewis may be on the injured list, but the Ravens' defensive stars know how to make an entrance. In a special introduction, the Ravens announced their fallen heroes McCrary (knee) and Lewis (shoulder) after the starters were introduced. When McCrary came out of the tunnel, he ripped off his black leather jacket and muscle-flexed in his T-shirt for the sellout crowd as he kicked his expensive jacket along the ground. Seconds later, accompanied by Nelly's hit "Hot in Herre," Lewis performed his signature pre-game dance albeit one-armed since his left shoulder was in a sling.

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