Great Games – Qadry Ismail Goes Off In A Ravens Win Over The Steelers


Though the Baltimore Ravens have only technically been around since the mid 1990’s (before that they were the Cleveland Browns), the rivalry between them and the Pittsburgh Steelers is intense. These two teams always seem to play each other tough. Sometimes this means defensive battles and sometimes this means slugging it out with their running backs.

On December 12th, 1999 though the match-up would feature one of the bigger receiving performances put in when Qadry Ismail of the Ravens had the game of his life.

Pittsburgh opened up the scoring when running back Jerome Bettis passed the ball to wide receiver Hines Ward for a 21 yard score. Baltimore’s Priest Holmes answered back with a 64 yard touchdown run. Kris Brown added a field goal for the Steelers and after the first quarter they were up 10-7. The only points scored in the second quarter came on a field goal from Matt Stover which made it 10-10 at halftime.

To start the 3rd quarter off, Ravens quarterback hit Qadry Ismail for a touchdown from 54 yards out. Steelers quarterback Mike Tomczak answered back with a six yard touchdown pass to Troy Edwards. Banks would hit Ismail again, this time from 59 yards away. This would be followed by the third of Ismail’s touchdowns that day when he caught a 76 yard pass from Banks. When the third quarter ended, the Ravens had opened it up to a 31-17 lead. Tomczak would add his second touchdown pass of the day in the fourth quarter when he threw it to Kordell Stewart from 11 yards out. The Ravens though would hold on for the win by the score of 31-24.

Ravens quarterback Tony Banks would actually have a poor passing performance that day. Although he racked up 268 yards in the air, he only completed eight of 26 passes. Qadry Ismail though was having the time of his life. He caught six passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns that day, a day he will most likely never forget.

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