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In unbelievable finish, Ravens top Vikings

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In a game that featured five touchdowns in about a two-minute span at game’s end, the Ravens got the final and deciding score, with Joe Flacco connecting with Marlon Brown on a nine-yard TD pass with four seconds left to give host Baltimore a 29-26 win over Minnesota on Sunday afternoon.

Brown’s touchdown capped a memorable sequence in which the teams kept exchanging the lead in increasingly stunning fashion in the snow.

It all began when Flacco hit Dennis Pitta for a one-yard TD with 2:05 left to give the Ravens a 13-12 lead. Baltimore added a two-point conversion for a 15-12 edge.

But back came the Vikings, who retook the lead on a 41-yard TD run by Toby Gerhart, who replaced the injured Adrian Peterson, who left the game with an ankle ailment in the second quarter. Gerhart’s sprint up the middle gave Minnesota a 19-15 lead with 1:27 left.

The excitement was far from over, though.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Ravens’ Jacoby Jones broke free for a 77-yard touchdown. Suddenly, the Ravens had a 22-19 edge with 1:16 left.

But that was short lived.

On the third play of the Vikings’ next drive, quarterback Matt Cassel threw a short screen pass to rookie wideout Cordarrelle Patterson, who did the rest, sprinting away for a 79-yard touchdown. Amazingly, the Vikings again had the lead.

Trailing 26-22 with 45 seconds left, the Ravens had 80 yards to go and two timeouts. They got 35 yards right off the bat when Flacco hit Brown down the middle on the first play of the drive. Baltimore used one of its timeouts to stop the clock.

Two plays later, though, Flacco was picked by Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo. However, Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway was penalized for pass interference, giving Baltimore an 18-yard gain and a first down.

The Ravens capitalized on the break. Flacco hit Pitta for 18 yards, moving the ball to the Minnesota 9. Then, on the next play, Flacco connected with Brown, who made an athletic catch to secure the lead — and ultimately victory — for the Ravens.

The win allowed the Ravens (7-6) to hold onto the No. 6 seed in the AFC playoff chase. The Vikings, who lost the game but no face whatsoever in another brave performance, fell to 3-9-1.

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70 Responses to “In unbelievable finish, Ravens top Vikings”
  1. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 8, 2013 5:11 PM

    Man, do I ever love the to watch the hapless and tasteless Vikings.

    Funny stuff!!!!

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 8, 2013 5:11 PM

    Congratulations to the joe flacco and the ravens on their 3 point win (AT HOME) against the 3 win Minnesota Vikings and their 29th ranked DEFENSE.

  3. tutamus says: Dec 8, 2013 5:12 PM

    If you’ve ever really watched the vikings play… You can fathom it.

  4. thepvyharvin says: Dec 8, 2013 5:12 PM

    Perfect game…best one of the day and keep our draft high. Watch out, our Patterson,Rhodes, Floyd, Smith when back and a great qb in the draft…we moving on up to elite status.

  5. yelix says: Dec 8, 2013 5:13 PM

    Ravens are getting hot at the right time.

    Shouldn’t have counted on Matt Cassel and Todd Haley to send the Chiefs to the playoffs, I guess.

  6. midtec2005 says: Dec 8, 2013 5:13 PM

    The PI penalty was a joke. The refs gifted this one to the Ravens.

  7. thepftpoet says: Dec 8, 2013 5:15 PM

    Congratulations to the Baltimore Refs for winning the game…

    Either way, I’m not mad… All we did was flash the potential of our extremely talented team & kept our draft position to get an elite QB next year and be legit Super Bowl contenders.

    Unlike the Packers, who almost lost to a 3 win team at Lambeau and have virtually no talent anywhere but Aaron Rodgers

  8. boobschannel says: Dec 8, 2013 5:16 PM

    refs isht the bed. rather have replacements than anyone on that crew ever seeing the field again. seriously, the league should be embarrassed by that crew.

  9. thepftpoet says: Dec 8, 2013 5:16 PM

    It may have been the most disgusting thing to watch the official in the end zone smiling and cheering after the Ravens scored the game winning TD.

    Almost as disgusting as all the Packer fans cheering for the AD injury.

  10. jjh1982 says: Dec 8, 2013 5:17 PM

    Gotta love Vikings fans before the season started they were predicting a Super Bowl run and now they’re talking about losing the rest of the year to get a high draft pick lol

  11. bigdaddydooko says: Dec 8, 2013 5:17 PM

    Unbelievable. Why don’t the ravens ever lose when they should. Joe flacco is a terrible quarterback, but probably the luckiest.

  12. whatjusthapped says: Dec 8, 2013 5:17 PM

    How many games have the Vikings lost this year either on the last play or in the final minute of the game? 4?? 5???

    The Vikings secondary needs to be replaced, they couldn’t cover my grandmother in a wheel chair.

    But look at the bright side, moving up the draft order, congratulations.

  13. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 8, 2013 5:17 PM

    Unbelievable is right. Unbelievably tainted. The NFL will do anything to help their darling teams win.

  14. trollsetter says: Dec 8, 2013 5:18 PM

    Vikings fought courageously against the defending super bowl champions. Even though the season hasn’t gone well, it feels good to be a fan of a team that doesn’t fold when their best player gets knocked out of the game.

  15. balfe13 says: Dec 8, 2013 5:19 PM

    Seriously, why is no one mentioning the fact that the ball clearly shifted when it hit the ground on the last TD catch? Will we ever get uniformity regarding what is or isn’t a catch in this league?

  16. loyalraven says: Dec 8, 2013 5:20 PM

    The Ravens are the best TEAM in the NFL, the Broncos are the best offense and the Seahawks are the best Fad. Everyone else is irrelevant. Oh yeah and that drew brees guy is pretty good.

  17. partmachine says: Dec 8, 2013 5:20 PM

    Awesome football game!

  18. sevensixtwonato says: Dec 8, 2013 5:22 PM

    Entertaining game, almost as gun as trying to watch a Packer fan try to complete a pull up

  19. sikoix says: Dec 8, 2013 5:23 PM

    I hate to be that guy who complains about the officiating, but…. still an incredibly fun game to watch. Wish the Vikings could have held on, but at least it was exciting until the very end. Congrats to the Ravens.

  20. thelionsrgreat says: Dec 8, 2013 5:23 PM

    Careful what u wish for. High draft picks don’t automatically translate to talent in the NFL. Nobody knows this better than lion fans. Speilman isn’t known for his QB eye. Besides you have many more homes than just your QB. PEDerson is getting old too.

  21. deltaoracle says: Dec 8, 2013 5:23 PM

    It’s “Wait ’til next year” and “We just need one missing piece to the puzzle” for Mighty Minnesota. Again.
    In other news, the Packers won their game.
    The crowd didn’t bail out on them like R-words fans.
    And their warrior RB sustained an ankle injury but came back in and kept fighting.

  22. 6kings says: Dec 8, 2013 5:25 PM

    That was a fun game to watch. It almost made you forget about how the refs torched the Vikings in the first half.

  23. joesuhunka says: Dec 8, 2013 5:26 PM

    pI on greenway was the worst in the history of all time. Whole game riddled with bad calls, on both sides. So tired of penalties becoming as big a part of the game as offense, defense and special teams.

  24. 6kings says: Dec 8, 2013 5:26 PM

    Is that the 5th last minute loss of the season for the Vikings?

  25. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 8, 2013 5:28 PM

    Yeah… the ravens are getting hot!!!

    A 3 point win against a 3 win team…. AT HOME.

    LOL!!!

  26. tremoluxman says: Dec 8, 2013 5:32 PM

    Couple points: Two major blown calls against the Vikings. Even the booth announcers were incredulous that the supposed Gerhart fumble was not reversed. I’ve never seen such a blatant error. The other was the late PI call on Greenway. Seriously?

    Next was Minnesota’s defensive coverages. They did pretty well, as the booth announcers pointed out, when they were in press/man-to-man. When they went to that Effing cover-2 they stunk and were repeatedly burned. Why they are so enamored with it is beyond me. Soft zone crap — I detest it. It’s a game loser every time. That’s what lost them the game.

    I usually don’t get upset at penalty calls because they often can go either way. If they are explained and the replay supports it, fine. I’m not so much of a ‘homer’ that I think every call against my team is unfair. But when the screw-ups are so blatant, I get a bit upset.

  27. jcbadger34 says: Dec 8, 2013 5:32 PM

    trollsetter says: Dec 8, 2013 5:18 PM

    Vikings fought courageously against the defending super bowl champions. Even though the season hasn’t gone well, it feels good to be a fan of a team that doesn’t fold when their best player gets knocked out of the game.
    ————-

    Our best player has been out for 6 games now, and our team is a half game out of the playoffs.

    Your best player has been playing all year, your team is now mathematically eliminated from any chance at the playoffs.

    Which team is folding, again?

  28. mlbbal52 says: Dec 8, 2013 5:34 PM

    Classic ref excuses have come out…

  29. Jeff says: Dec 8, 2013 5:36 PM

    I wonder what the National Rigged League and its officiating debacle would have done had the Vikings been in the hunt for a playoff spot this year…

  30. lennylyles says: Dec 8, 2013 5:39 PM

    Jealously breeds contemptment. Joe throws an absolutely perfect touchdown pass in the clutch once again and his haters like docterrustbelt will not acknowledge a perfect pass, a Super Bowl Championship, 18 game winning drives, five consecutive years of playoff appearances. Joe is clutch and it was proven again today.

  31. pack13queens0 says: Dec 8, 2013 5:40 PM

    Viking fans whining about officiating once again. News flash, Toby Gerhart DID fumble & Chad Greenway DID commit Pass Interference. No special privialges for the Vikings even though Goodell worships them. The only thing special about the Vikings is the SPECIAL Education their fans received.

  32. edgarpoe3 says: Dec 8, 2013 5:41 PM

    balfe13 says:
    Dec 8, 2013 5:19 PM
    Seriously, why is no one mentioning the fact that the ball clearly shifted when it hit the ground on the last TD catch? Will we ever get uniformity regarding what is or isn’t a catch in this league?
    ——————————
    You need to put more tinfoil on your rabbit ears. The refs definitely messed up on the fumble early in the game, but there was no shifted ball on the last play. Again, tinfoil should help stabilize your TV monitor.

  33. fatsolio says: Dec 8, 2013 5:41 PM

    I wish I got to see that crazy end as it sounds like it was really exciting to watch.

    I will say that the finish pretty much shows how garbage this league has become as did the way the Browns blew it. No team of supposed pro athletes should blow double digit leads with under 2 minutes left or lose games like how the Vikes did.

    Sadly the NFL quality is pretty junk now just like how most movies and tv shows today are junk. It’s only going to get worse yet most fans and sheeple won’t ever clue in how much quality everywhere is regressing.

  34. siggtacular says: Dec 8, 2013 5:49 PM

    Lol @ all you Vikings/Packers fans bickering

    GO RAVENS

    7-6

  35. idratherbedeadandcoldthengreenandgold says: Dec 8, 2013 5:51 PM

    pack13queens0 says: Dec 8, 2013 5:40 PM

    Viking fans whining about officiating once again. News flash, Toby Gerhart DID fumble & Chad Greenway DID commit Pass Interference. No special privialges for the Vikings even though Goodell worships them. The only thing special about the Vikings is the SPECIAL Education their fans received.

    Put down the pipe son.

  36. mswravens says: Dec 8, 2013 5:51 PM

    @DoctorRust -poke fun all you want. We’re a playoff team & your squad is in the toilet – again! All that matters is wins…something the Ravens have done at an historic rate since Flacco came to town. All you know on Cleveland is losing…so spare us your uninformed opinions on our wins!

  37. winorlose6burgh says: Dec 8, 2013 5:53 PM

    Matt castle outplayed over paid joe

  38. colv says: Dec 8, 2013 6:03 PM

    I understand that Peterson was crying about the refs and Ravens fans throwing snowballs at them in the forth quarter. If so the fans who threw the snowballs at the players should be ashamed, caught and thrown out. For Peterson what a cry baby broad brushing Ravens fans. “Worst fans in league. “Adrian your dominate days are past you and I was astounded by your fat headed prediction of 2500 yards for 2013. It’s time for you to move to an outdoor stadium and enjoy the sideline either as a backup or spectator in the stands. I’ve been to Baltimore when they played their arch enemies, Pittsburg, and never seen a fight. Steeler fans or any fan can come to Baltimore and root for their team without getting into it physically, seen some verbal drunken brawls. And I do know it does happen but not on any kind of scale that disrupts the stands. After spending thirty years in the military I’ve been to many NFL stadiums and Baltimore was better then what I thought. Some cities are better then others. Baltimore and Buffalo are near the top.

  39. scoobies05 says: Dec 8, 2013 6:06 PM

    cassel outplayed flacco? what game were you watching? and drrustbelt…when the bengals win a playoff game, feel free to check in again

  40. getyourownname says: Dec 8, 2013 6:07 PM

    What a finish. Well done to the Vikings, they never quit. While you never want to see a player hurt, honestly I think they were more dangerous in those conditions with Gerhart. Always liked him in college.

    There are only a few teams that would not improve with Flacco as QB. Say what you want about his stats, he is clutch.

  41. ravenmomma says: Dec 8, 2013 6:18 PM

    Gotta love the Steeler fans who are spewing stupid crap who didn’t even see the game. Jealous much since your team is obviously continuing its suckage? Flacco is a clutch QB, always has been and today’s win put it on display in the finest fashion possible.

    I have to hand it to the Vikings….it was a brutal fight to the end in horrid weather. I’m not sure I have fingers left, let alone fingernails. What started out as a very boring game to me turned into one of the best 4th quarter, [2minutes left] games I have ever experienced and I’ve seen some real doozies over the years.

  42. alloutblitz644 says: Dec 8, 2013 6:34 PM

    It wasn’t an unbelievable finish, since 1961 the Vikings have choking away games they should’ve won. Just another typical choke job. Another lost season for the Vikes. 35 years and counting on finding Tarkenton’s successor.

  43. ampatsisahypocrite says: Dec 8, 2013 6:37 PM

    I DID see the Ravens game, and the PI call on the Vikings’ Greenway was a joke. Flacco in fact threw the game-losing interception, but got bailed out by the refs just like he always gets bailed out by Jacoby Jones. But I guess they’ll vote Flacco the MVP again.

    Seriously, a disgusting hose job that robbed Minnesota of the win. I don’t blame Peterson for what he said after the game.

  44. johntonioholmes says: Dec 8, 2013 6:38 PM

    Fun game to watch but the Ravens pretty much had it given to them. Joe four-pick Flacco has a horseshoe lodged in his butt.

    I’d say they were the luckiest team in the league this week, except the Pats got away with one, too.

  45. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 8, 2013 6:40 PM

    Bad Weather = Steelers and Vikings losses

  46. johntonioholmes says: Dec 8, 2013 6:42 PM

    ravenmomma

    The game should have ended with a pick, dude. It was overturned on a bogus P.I. That’s not clutch in anyone’s book.

  47. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 8, 2013 6:43 PM

    Steelers are the most dangerous 5-8 team in the history of the NFL. No doubt there will be about 16 teams celebrating tonight that they don’t have to face them in the post-season. Count the ravens as first on that list, assuming they don’t fold down the stretch.

  48. djstat says: Dec 8, 2013 6:57 PM

    It may not have been pass interference but it sure was holding. Refs suck every week. Remember the steeler raven game where the steelers got every call?

  49. joerevs300 says: Dec 8, 2013 7:01 PM

    Ravens fans: Our team is clutch. We made our own destiny.

    Everyone else: Watched a clear non-fumble get turned into a fumble and a flop/game ending INT get called for PI which allowed the Ravens to win.

    Why is it so hard for Raven fans to admit they get the majority of the calls FOR THEM? Including the end of the Super Bowl last year.

    That being said, it wasn’t just the Ravens game. It’s time for the NFL to hire FULL TIME refs, and have it be their ONLY job. Jeff Triplett and his crew should be fired immediately after their 2nd consecutive week of not knowing the NFL rule books.

  50. cobaltdriver says: Dec 8, 2013 7:02 PM

    Lol @ all you Vikings/Packers fans bickering

    GO RAVENS

    7-6

    Like twin sisters

  51. ravenswhat says: Dec 8, 2013 7:07 PM

    drrustclown is so obsessed with Flacco. I mean I get it, knowing the red rifle (try and say that without laughing) will never win a playoff game let alone as many as Joe.

  52. scoobies05 says: Dec 8, 2013 7:31 PM

    speaking of folding, hey crown, did you catch the steelers/dolphins game?

  53. spyder9669 says: Dec 8, 2013 7:50 PM

    When you type “7-6″….

    Am I supposed to be impressed when I read that?

    That’s actually not good…barely average.

  54. mjk4503 says: Dec 8, 2013 8:00 PM

    Our best player has been out for 6 games now, and our team is a half game out of the playoffs.

    Your best player has been playing all year, your team is now mathematically eliminated from any chance at the playoffs.

    Which team is folding, again?

    Really?!?

    Rodgers goes out and your team can barely get out of it’s own way. Do you want to be the kettle or the pot?

  55. golforepar says: Dec 8, 2013 8:18 PM

    You got to hand it to the Vikings, they always seem to find a way to lose! Lets hear some more crying about the refs! smh

  56. skinsfolife says: Dec 8, 2013 8:22 PM

    Raven fans need to thank that ref who called pass interference. Complete phantom call goes baltimore’s way every time.

  57. hakunamangata says: Dec 8, 2013 8:45 PM

    Dr. Rustbelt you know what’s funny?

    Tim Tebow has more playoff wins in his career than Andy Dalton or the Cincinnati bengals. In fact in little Andy’s whole time on earth the bengals haven’t won a playoff game.

    And you know what’s even funnier?

    The last time the mighty steelers appeared in the playoffs, they had a front row seat to Timmy’s big playoff win.

    Which begs the question, if you claim the steelers to be gods team, why did they lose to Tebow?

  58. edisbetterthantroy says: Dec 8, 2013 9:08 PM

    Is anyone going to give Joe Flacco ANY credit for engineering TWO game-winning, two minute drills?

    Didn’t think so. But we in Charm City know the truth…

  59. ampatsisahypocrite says: Dec 8, 2013 9:47 PM

    Probably for the same reason that Ed was NEVER better than Troy. It’s simply not true. We all know Flacco got away with murder on the pass interference call that robbed Minnesota of an interception.

  60. jpalughi823 says: Dec 8, 2013 10:28 PM

    i absolutely despise the ravens, but the g/f loves em & since i saw how the colts game was going, i turned my attention to this one. easily, the game of the year & probably the most entertaining game i’ve seen since 4th & 2 back in 09.

  61. taosravenfan says: Dec 8, 2013 10:54 PM

    Love all the whining. Especially from the AFCN fans

  62. sbchampsagain says: Dec 8, 2013 11:45 PM

    Flacco has been great this season in the 4th Q.
    TWO TD drives in the last 4 minutes today.

    And Pitta’s back…ruh roh.

    Seems similar to last year when suggs came back late in the season too…

  63. vikingsgohard says: Dec 9, 2013 12:48 AM

    jcbadger34
    Dec 8, 2013, 3:32 PM MST
    trollsetter says: Dec 8, 2013 5:18 PM

    Vikings fought courageously against the defending super bowl champions. Even though the season hasn’t gone well, it feels good to be a fan of a team that doesn’t fold when their best player gets knocked out of the game.
    ————-

    Our best player has been out for 6 games now, and our team is a half game out of the playoffs.

    Your best player has been playing all year, your team is now mathematically eliminated from any chance at the playoffs.

    Which team is folding, again?

    ————————
    Oh an which team put you guys 1/2 game out!!!!!!???…… Yea Vikings ….. DBag

  64. frank booth says: Dec 9, 2013 1:34 AM

    crownofthehelmet says: Dec 8, 2013 6:43 PM

    Steelers are the most dangerous 5-8 team in the history of the NFL. No doubt there will be about 16 teams celebrating tonight that they don’t have to face them in the post-season. Count the ravens as first on that list, assuming they don’t fold down the stretch.
    ==================================
    A few weeks ago the Steelers were 5-6, coming off a defeat of the Browns, and they were the most dangerous 5-6 team in the league. Then they lost to the Ravens, and they were the most dangerous 5-7 team in the history of the NFL. And now, they are the most dangerous 5-8 team in the history of the NFL. With every loss, the Steelers become more and more dangerous.

    That makes perfect sense.

  65. jonsilver1947 says: Dec 9, 2013 3:05 AM

    The games in Philly*, Pittsburgh and Baltimore all featured the same two themes: a) the same 2nd half conditions of frozen fields leading to defenders’ inability to react successfully to moves by runners and receivers, leading to many, many long scoring plays, and 2) horrible officiating (you can add the NE game to this one).

    *the weather in the 1st half in Philly was so bad no one had any footing, but the field solidified just enough later; McCoy said so in his postgame interview.

  66. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 9, 2013 9:27 AM

    So the Vikings have clinched the basement spot in the NFC North?

    Well done!!!

  67. SmashMouthFootball says: Dec 9, 2013 10:01 AM

    A lot of bitter folks out there. Its a sport, get over it.

  68. vikingfansrobese says: Dec 9, 2013 11:10 AM

    A lot of bitter folks out there. Its a sport, get over it.

    It s Viking fans…bitterness is in their DNA..nothing can be done

  69. cobaltdriver says: Dec 9, 2013 12:49 PM

    Almost as disgusting as all the Packer fans cheering for the AD injury.

    Right..because you Viking fans weren’t cheering and yelling “Skol” when Cutler and Rodgers went down…

  70. pootytang66 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:20 PM

    I know the quarterback play has been awful but when you lose 4 games and tie 1 within the last minute of regulation play it’s nobody’s fault but the defense and its coordinator for not holding that lead, but yet this is NEVER brought up.

    Lost to Chicago 10 seconds to go.
    Lost to Cleveland 51 seconds to go.
    Lost to Dallas 35 seconds to go.
    Let Green Bay tie with 46 seconds to go.
    Lost to Baltimore 4 seconds to go.

    They should be 8-5 but that’s what happens when a team is so focused on QB play rather then the true issue like the defense!

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