Sports
6:05 am
Mon December 14, 2009

Rice, Ravens reign over Lions 48-3

BALTIMORE – BALTIMORE (AP) - Neither the soggy field nor the Detroit Lions' porous defense could stop Ray Rice.

Rice ran for a career-high 166 yards and a touchdown, and the Baltimore Ravens enhanced their playoff hopes Sunday with a 48-3 victory on a cold, rainy day.

Baltimore (7-6) built a 20-3 halftime lead behind the play of Rice, who had 155 yards rushing on only nine carries and four catches for 53 yards. His 59-yard touchdown run made it 17-3, and the Ravens cruised to the finish in handing the hapless Lions (2-11) their 19th straight road loss.

Rice was pulled early in second half, and his backups continued the assault. Le'Ron McClain scored from the 3 and Willis McGahee added touchdown runs of 6 and 19 yards to make it 41-3 entering the
fourth quarter.

Backup quarterback Troy Smith ran in from the 15 with 5:02 left to cap the rout.