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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.
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 score 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.
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.
12/08 17:00:46 ET