Discipline dooms Ravens and Lions do just enoughAssociated Press
Published October 10, 2005
DETROIT - The Ravens lost control and the Lions took advantage.
Kevin Jones scored two first-quarter touchdowns and Detroit was helped in part by Baltimore's 21 penalties - one short of the league record - and two ejections.
"It was outrageous - and it cost them," said Detroit cornerback Dre' Bly, who had two interceptions and recovered a fumble.
Baltimore lost defensive end/linebacker Terrell Suggs and safety B.J. Ward because of ejections late in the third quarter, and officials seemed quick to flag the visitors.
"I think the refs just let their feelings get into it a lot," Ravens receiver Derrick Mason said. "They crossed the line."
Suggs was tossed by referee Mike Carey after he argued a roughing-the-passer call against him. Ward was ejected later in the drive for making contact with an official.
In the third quarter, the Ravens made a stop on third down at their 1, but Detroit got a new set of downs because defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for an obscene gesture to the crowd, Carey said.
Three plays later, Artose Pinner had a 1-yard touchdown run on a delayed call and Detroit led 21-10.
NOTABLE: Lions receiver Roy Williams injured his left leg in the second quarter and did not return.