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Ravens Fall Victim to Flutie, Bills Comeback

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By Kathy Orton
Special to The Washington Post
Monday, November 1, 1999; Page D

BALTIMORE – Doug Flutie engineered yet another comeback victory for the Buffalo Bills, with a big assist from Baltimore quarterback Tony Banks.

Flutie threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Linton with 1:35 left Sunday as the Bills rallied to hand the Ravens their third straight loss, 13-10.

Flutie threw three interceptions in the first three quarters to help Baltimore build a 10-3 lead. But Banks committed two costly turnovers in the final 13 minutes, both of which led to scores that enabled the Bills (5-3) to snap a two-game skid.

Banks, the Ravens' third starting quarterback this season, was well on his way to leading Baltimore (2-5) to its first win since Oct. 3. But it all went awry in the fourth quarter.

First, Banks threw an interception that Kurt Shultz took 26 yards to the Baltimore 34. The Bills got a first-and-goal at the 1, but a sack by Rob Burnett and a personal foul on the Bills' John Fina moved the ball back to the 24, and Buffalo had to settle for a field goal by Steve Christie with 6:21 left.

Banks then fumbled on an impromptu third-down run, and Buffalo's Jay Foreman recovered at the Baltimore 45 with 3:25 remaining. Flutie ran for 17 yards on a fourth-and-15 play from the 39, then completed passes to Andre Reed for 5 and 12 yards before scrambling to his right and hitting Linton in the end zone.

Flutie was 18-for-40 for 155 yards, but he never wavered when it come time to bring the Bills back as he has done so many times before.

Banks took over for Stoney Case, who was pulled after throwing three interceptions last week in a 35-8 loss to Kansas City. Banks was 13-for-34 for 129 yards, numbers that would have been acceptable had he not given the ball away twice.

Banks' first touchdown pass since last December, when he was a member of the St. Louis Rams, helped Baltimore take a 10-3 halftime lead.

The Ravens went up 7-0 on their second possession when Banks hit Justin Armour in the end zone for a 7-yard score. Banks was 4-for-4 on the drive, which included a 3-yard run by Chuck Evans on fourth-and-1 from the 6.

Rookie Chris McAlister intercepted a Flutie pass at the Buffalo 20 late in the quarter to set up a 37-yard field goal by Matt Stover and a 10-0 lead.

Limited to one first down in the first quarter, the Bills moved from their 21 to the Baltimore 23 before a poor snap ruined a 41-yard field goal try by Christie.

Just before the two-minute warning, Buffalo's Pat Williams blocked Stover's 51-yard field goal attempt. The Bills then covered 51 yards in nine plays before Christie kicked a 25-yard field goal.

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