=== Ravens top Vikings in wild finish ===
 
 Baltimore,   MD  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Sometimes  pundits  use  the  phrase,
 "whichever team finishes with the ball will win the game."
 
 In  Baltimore on Sunday, that phrase held true during a bizarre fourth quarter
 that saw a total of 42 points scored.
 
 Marlon  Brown caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco with four seconds
 left  on the  clock, capping a back-and-forth final two minutes and giving the
 Baltimore Ravens a dramatic 29-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
 
 Baltimore's  third  straight win helped  them keep  pace in the wild-card race
 with  Miami,  who held off the  Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. The Ravens hold
 the tie-breaker over the Dolphins because of a 26-23 win at Miami in Week 5.
 
 The  Ravens  weathered a  wintry  storm  that hit  the  northeast  as well  as
 everything  Minnesota  threw at them  in the  final quarter as John Harbaugh's
 club showed why they are the defending champions.
 
 "Will  we ever see a game like that again?" Harbaugh asked. "You got to credit
 both  teams,  credit to the Vikings.  Leslie Frazier is doing a tremendous job
 coaching that football team."
 
 Dennis  Pitta caught a 1-yard touchdown pass with 2:07 to play in the game and
 Flacco  hit Torrey  Smith for a 2-point  conversion as the Ravens (7-6) took a
 15-12 advantage.
 
 Minnesota  wasted  no time, scoring in  just two plays. Matt Cassel hit Jerome
 Simpson for 27 yards on first down to the Baltimore 41, and Toby Gerhart broke
 numerous  tackles  as he  rumbled up the  middle on the  following play to put
 Minnesota back up in front, 19-15, with 1:27 on the clock.
 
 Blair  Walsh pooched the ensuing kickoff to Jacoby Jones, who caught the short
 kick and raced 77 yards down the sideline to return serve with 1:16 to play.
 
 Following  two incompletions from Cassel, Cordarrelle Patterson caught a wide-
 receiver  screen, followed a  convoy of blockers and his speed did the rest as
 he scampered into the end zone for a 79-yard score.
 
 The  final  Baltimore TD was aided  by an 18-yard pass interference penalty on
 Chad Greenway. Pitta caught an 18-yard pass two plays later and Brown ended it
 with a beautiful grab in the back of the end zone on the following play.
 
 "The  conditions were  tough," said Frazier. "The players, they competed, they
 played hard. Both teams battled right down to the very end."
 
 Flacco threw for 245 yards on 28-of-50 passing with three touchdowns and three
 interceptions.  Brown finished  with seven  receptions  for 92  yards and  the
 triumphant touchdown.
 
 Cassel,  starting in place of an injured Christian Ponder, threw for 265 yards
 on  17-of-38 passing with two touchdowns for Minnesota (3-9-1). Gerhart rushed
 for  89 yards on  15 carries in place of Adrian Peterson, who left the game in
 the second quarter with an ankle injury and did not return.
 
 Midway  through  the first quarter,  Gerhart carried up  the middle and lost a
 fumble  to Matt  Elam at the Minnesota  25. The fumble was reviewed and replay
 appeared  to  show Gerhart's right knee  hitting the turf before the ball came
 loose but the call was still upheld.
 
 Flacco  darted  up the middle  on the  ensuing play for  a 22-yard gain to the
 Minnesota  3-yard line.  Three plays later, Flacco rolled to his right and hit
 Ed Dickson in the corner of the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown.
 
 Peterson  caught a pass on the far sideline in the second quarter and lost the
 ball out of bounds as he stretched for the first down.
 
 His  right  leg got  trapped under  Arthur Brown  and the  reigning MVP was in
 visible  pain as  he was helped off  the field. After walking the sideline and
 receiving attention from the medical staff, he was soon carted into the locker
 room for x-rays.
 
 The  Vikings started a short drive midway through the second quarter, but were
 forced  to settle for a 39-yard field goal from Walsh after a crucial personal
 foul penalty.
 
 Walsh  added a 40-yard  field goal in the third quarter to trim the deficit to
 7-6.
 
 Andrew  Sendejo  intercepted Flacco  late in  the third  to set up Minnesota's
 first touchdown of the game.
 
 The  short  march started at  the Baltimore 33 and  Cassel hit John Carlson on
 2nd-and-4  for seven  yards  to the  20.  Courtney Upshaw  was  flagged for  a
 roughing the passer and the ball was moved to the 10-yard line.
 
 Two plays into the fourth quarter, Cassel found Simpson in the back of the end
 zone  for the  touchdown. Simpson  dragged across  the back  of the  end zone,
 leaped  up  for the  catch and just  got both  feet down as  he tumbled out of
 bounds.
 
 Cassel's   two-point  conversion  attempt  intended  for  Greg  Jennings  fell
 incomplete and the Vikings led 12-7 with early in the final frame.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Patterson  finished  with five  receptions for  141 yards ...  Ray Rice had 17
 carries  for  67 yards  and  five  receptions for  42  yards  ... The  Vikings
 committed  six penalties  for 90  yards ...  Baltimore plays  at Detroit  next
 Sunday ... Minnesota hosts the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
 
 12/08 19:00:35 ET

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