BALTIMORE -- Mired in a two-game losing streak and stuck in last place, the Baltimore Ravens broke out their old recipe for success to earn a much-needed victory.
Justin Forsett ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns to back a redemptive performance by the Baltimore defense that produced two turnovers, five sacks and plenty of helmet-ringing hits.
"They got a lot of dudes, they got a lot of studs in that front seven - and they know it," Mettenberger said. "Early in the first half we did a lot of good things to kind of counteract their guys. We just got to ... be able to play like that for 60 minutes."
"Going into the bye, you want to feel good about things and get back on track," tight end Owen Daniels said. "It was huge for us today."
It was a bounce-back performance by a defense that was embarrassed seven days earlier in a 43-23 loss to Pittsburgh. In that game, Ben Roethlisberger threw for 340 yards and six touchdowns.
"Once we kind of got settled in and figured everything out, we did what we had to do," Baltimore defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan said.
Tennessee had seven possessions without a first down and finished with a meager 210 yards in offense.
"He did some good things today, made some good throws," Whisenhunt said. "I think he did a nice job of operating today in this environment, which is not easy. But obviously, we have to be more productive."
"I think the key play was when (Walker) was turned up," linebacker Elvis Dumervil said. "You don't want to hurt a guy, but it was an aggressive, clean hit. It really made guys kind of think about running back there."
Baltimore went ahead for the first time with 5:36 left in the third quarter when Forsett scored on an 11-yard run to make it 14-7. Flacco went 5 for 5 on the 11-play, 72-yard drive.
Tennessee took the opening kickoff and held the ball for more than eight minutes before Shonn Greene lost a fumble on third-and-goal at the Baltimore 1.
At that point, Tennessee had a 142-8 advantage in total yardage.
Baltimore pulled even with a touchdown on its third possession. On a fourth-and-1 from the Tennessee 9,. Forsett took a pitchout and sprinted around Kamerion Wimbley into the end zone.
Forsett earned the starting job after Ray Rice received an indefinite suspension from the NFL for domestic abuse. Now in his eighth season, Forsett has already reached career highs in yards (721), carries (133) and touchdowns (5).
"It's been a dream come true, just to get the opportunity to come out here and play and show what I can do," he said.
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