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Tucker’s Late FG Pushes Ravens Past Patriots 31-30

The Sideline Celebrates After Tucker Boots the Game Winner.

This time, the late game heartbreak belonged to the New England Patriots and wide left turned into just right.
Rookie kicker Justin Tucker barely kept a 27-yard field goal inside the right upright as time expired to give the Ravens a frantic 31-30 comeback victory Sunday night in front of an announced 71,269 at M&T Bank Stadium.

Trailing by nine points with seven minutes, 29 seconds to play, Joe Flacco threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith with 4:01 left, and the Ravens’ fifth-year quarterback then led another drive in the final two minutes to set up Tucker for the game winner.

Tom Brady finished 28 of 41 for 335 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions, Wes Welker caught eight passes for 142 yards and Brandon Lloyd had nine catches for 108 yards. Frequently picking on the Ravens’ pass defense and specifically targeting cornerback Cary Williams, Brady led three straight scoring drives. His 7-yard touchdown pass to Julian Edelman just seconds before halftime allowed the Patriots to head into intermission with a 20-14 lead.

It was an emotional night for Smith, playing less than 24 hours after his younger brother died in a motorcycle accident, he scored two touchdowns and caught six passes for 127 yards. Only hours earlier, he wasn’t even sure if he would suit up.

The win helped the Ravens (2-1) extend their NFL-best home winning streak to 11 games and they beat the Patriots for the first time in a regular season game in seven tries. They will play host to the Cleveland Browns in four days on Thursday night.

 


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