With so much going on in the final minutes of the Ravens’ 29-26 victory over the Vikings, the return of tight end Dennis Pitta to the Baltimore lineup wasn’t a big story in the aftermath.
Pitta’s return from his August hip dislocation went about as well as the team could have hoped for, though. He had a drop early in the game, but Joe Flacco looked for him frequently and Pitta delivered with six catches for 48 yards and a touchdown. Pitta played a big role on the final drive, drawing a pass interference flag on linebacker Chad Greenway and catching an 18-yard pass to set up Marlon Brown’s winning touchdown.
Not bad for the first day back at work.
“I remember when I got injured, I didn’t know if I was even going to play football again,” Pitta said, via the team’s website. “So being able to stand here and talk about a victory and being a part of that is special for me. And just being a part of this team and being able to fight the way we did today is pretty remarkable.”
Pitta jumped right back into his role as a favored target on third down, gaining a first down that set up his touchdown in the fourth quarter. That score set off the scoring frenzy that closed the game and was part of a day filled with evidence of Pitta’s value to Baltimore’s offense as they vie for a playoff spot.