Now THAT Was a Fantastic Finish!

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Game recap: In one of the wildest games in Ravens history, Marlon Brown caught a nine-yard pass from Joe Flacco with four seconds to play, and the Ravens may have saved their season.

There were five touchdowns in the final two minutes and one second, with the lead seesawing back and forth. But the final statement was made Brown, who found a seam in the back of the end zone, and managed to just barely get keep his feet inbounds. Somehow on that final drive, the Ravens drove 80 yards in five plays, 41 seconds. As a result, the Ravens (7-6) won their third straight and finally climbed over. 500.

The final three minutes looked like a video game. Dennis Pitta scored on a one-yard TD catch. Ravens take the lead.

Toby Gerhard scored on a 41-yard run. Vikings take the lead.

Jacoby Jones scored on a 77-yard kickoff return. Ravens regain the lead.

Patterson scores on 71-yard catch and run. Vikings regain the lead.

Then Brown answered with the game-winner. What a game.

Turning point: It had to be Brown’s TD. The Ravens appeared all but finished after Patterson scored with 45 seconds to play. But the Ravens went downfield quickly, addd by a pass interference call against the Vikings. Flacco did not have his best game, throwing three interceptions. But on the final drive he was clutch. When Brown found an opening at the back of the end zone, Flacco delivered a beautiful throw.

This would have been a terrible loss for the Ravens, especially since the Vikigns (3-9-1) had not won on the road all season. But there seems to be some magic in the air for the Ravens.

Ravens players of the game: Can’t pick just one. Dennis Pitta, Jacoby Jones, Flacco, and Brown all deserve a game ball.

Injuries: Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson left the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury. There was no immediate word on the severity of his injury, but he was carted off the field and was taken for an MRI.

From the Locker Room

Joe Flacco – “I don’t know if there has ever been a crazier minute-and-forty some seconds ever. I think this is probably crazier (than last season’s playoff game at Denver). That one was probably a little more exciting, just because of what was on the line. But when you look at this, similar things were on the line.”

More from the locker room HERE

9 Raves on “Now THAT Was a Fantastic Finish!

  1. Timpo on said:

    Ya know.. after watching the game (and having to do like.. 30min of hot yoga to calm down from it… ok well I watched some gorgeous women do hot yoga… ok I thought about hot women doing hot yoga.. but anyway) I think that the vikings reliance on AP is slowing them down. I mean that whole heartedly seeing how they ran the ball when they thought they should vs because they felt that is the only way they could make plays. I think that if AP had still been in the game, the score would have been completely different due to the play calling.
    Interesting.
    Loved the game now that we won. I dont know how many times I went from yelling at the tv to yelling at us scoring :)

  2. Hut Guy on said:

    I remember a game almost this crazy in 1960 between the Colts and Lions at Memorial Stadium when after Johnny Unitas hit Lenny Moore to put the Colts ahead with ten seconds to go… the Lions took the kickoff and went out of bounds on their own 21 and Earl Morrall hit Jim Gibbons for 79 yards for a TD which heard the gun sound as he crossed the goal line. TODAY WAS HAPPIER !!!!

  3. Bruce_Almty on said:

    Clifton…You win the C’mon Man Award for your Turning Point being Marlon Brown’s TD catch … with 4 seconds left in the game ??? C’mon Man !!!!!!!!! :)

    There was NO turning point in this game.

  4. bogeyroy on said:

    During Jacoby’s kick off return for a TD, did anyone hear Tim Ryan state, “now we can see what Jacoby can do when Mike Tomlin isn’t on the sidelines” !!!

  5. Grannyfan1 on said:

    HUTGUY – I was at that game. What excitement. I love all Ravens and the fans and the excitement that is our town . Go Ravens Go Baltimore!

  6. David H on said:

    Jacoby Jones deserves some credit for not bringing the final Vikings kickoff out of the end zone. No one could have blamed him for trying to be the hero with a second (!) TD return but he smartly realized it wasn’t going to happen and left enough time on the clock to give the offense hope.

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