Giants 13, Ravens 0

Forget the missed field goals, penalties and other mistakes.

Jim Fassel really wasn't that unhappy with the New York Giants after their error-prone 13-0 win over the Baltimore Ravens in their preseason finale on rainy Thursday night.

Fassel was satisfied with his new punter, Matt Allen. He got cornerback Jason Sehorn in a game for the first time in the preseason and he found that he has two solid backup quarterbacks.

``I thought we did a lot more good things out there than things we didn't do well,'' Fassel said. ``What we didn't do well was correctable and I think we narrowed that down.''

Allen, who was signed on Wednesday after incumbent Rodney Williams was waived, averaged 38.2 yards on six punts.

``I was very pleased with the punting,'' said Fassel, who was annoyed with Williams' inconsistency. ``Four of them had over 4.0 (second) hang times. It didn't give them a chance to return it.''

Sehorn, who has been slow coming back from knee surgery, played about four downs in the first half and declared himself ready for the season opener next Thursday against San Francisco.

``The biggest key right now is stamina,'' he said. ``There is no question I can do it. Having not played many preseason games, how long can I go?''

With Kerry Collins out with a bruised left shoulder, backup quarterback Jesse Palmer and Jason Garrett played well.

Palmer hit 15 of 22 passes for 172 yards. Garrett took over in the second half and was 7-of-11 for 163, including a late 75-yard scoring pass to Jonathan Carter.

``Jesse has consistently given me confidence that he can play for us and win for us,'' Fassel said. ``I think Jason Garrett went in and did an outstanding job, too.''

Fassel's biggest concern heading into the season opener has to be his place-kicking game.

Neither Owen Pochman nor Matt Bryant was impressive as the Giants (3-2) beat Baltimore (2-2) to win their preseason finale for the first time since 1990.

Pochman, who has battled an inflammation in his kicking leg, missed a 44-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 47-yarder in the second quarter was nullified by a holding penalty against rookie Quincy Monk.

Pochman eventually hit a 26-yarder in the closing seconds of the first half on a drive set up by an interception by free agent cornerback David Mitchell.

Bryant added a 39-yard field goal in the third quarter for a 6-0 lead, but he also missed badly from 48 yards.

``It's going to be a tough decision whether I carry one or two kickers,'' Fassel said. ``I don't know what I am going to do there.''

The Ravens also have much to consider after seeing their first-team offense go the entire preseason without scoring a touchdown.

``We're just missing a little bit here and there,'' quarterback Chris Redman said. ``Luckily it's the preseason, but next week it's going to count. We have to cash in our chips next week.''

The Ravens should have scored two touchdowns.

In the second quarter, the Ravens ran a flea-flicker with halfback Jamal Lewis (five carries for 20 yards) taking a handoff and pitching back to Redman. He tossed a pass down the middle to a wide open Ron Johnson, who dropped the ball at the New York 4-yard line.

``I caught it and it slipped out of my hands,'' Johnson said. ``It was wet.''

Jonathan Burrough also dropped a sure TD pass from Jeff Blake in the end zone in the fourth quarter after safety Ryan Clark slipped.

A bad snap on the ensuing field goal attempt forced place kicker Matt Stover to throw an incomplete pass.

``This was just one of those games, Murphy's Law,'' Stover said.

Moments after the botched field goal, Carter iced the game. He caught a 15-yard pass and then sprinting the final 60 yards after the Ravens' cornerback slipped and the safety overran the play.

``It's very disappointing to finish any game, regular season, preseason, scrimmage, like that,'' Ravens coach Brian Billick said. ``You are just not going to win, dropping balls and being offsides on third down and not knowing the snap count. I don't think we gained anything from this game, and that's unfortunate.''

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