Vikings 26

(3-9-1, 0-6-1 away)

Ravens 29

(7-6, 6-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, December 8, 2013

M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD 

1 2 3 4 T
MIN 0 3 3 2026
BAL 7 0 0 2229

Top Performers

Passing: M. Cassel (MIN) - 265 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: T. Gerhart (MIN) - 15 CAR, 89 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Patterson (MIN) - 5 REC, 141 YDS, 1 TD

Ravens stun Vikings on Joe Flacco's TD pass with 4 seconds left

Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- At first, it appeared the unrelenting snow would be the main topic of conversation. Then came an incredible flurry of touchdowns -- five over the final 125 seconds -- that truly made this a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable football game.

After Joe Flacco threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to rookie Marlon Brown with 4 seconds left to give the Baltimore Ravens a 29-26 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, the Ravens couldn't contain their excitement.

"Do you believe in miracles?" cornerback Jimmy Smith shouted as he ran off the field.

"What just happened?" Ravens kicker Justin Tucker exclaimed.

And Jacoby Jones, who took a kickoff back 77 yards for a touchdown during the back-and-forth excitement, said, "You couldn't even get emotional. It was too confusing."

Brown's catch concluded a five-play, 80-yard drive that took only 41 seconds.

Before that:

Dennis Pitta, in his season debut following a hip injury, caught a 1-yard, fourth-down pass from Flacco for a 15-12 lead with 2:05 remaining.

Toby Gerhart, subbing for an injured Adrian Peterson, ran 41 yards to put Minnesota up 19-15 with 1:27 to go.

• Jones went the distance with the ensuing kickoff to give Baltimore a 22-19 edge with 1:16 left.

Matt Cassel threw a 79-yard touchdown pass to Cordarrelle Patterson with 45 seconds to play.

Then the Ravens (7-6) answered with one final salvo.

"I've never seen a game like that before," Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "Besides the Super Bowl, that's probably the most special win I've been a part of. Crazy game."

Baltimore (7-6) has its first three-game winning streak of the season and the inside track for the second AFC wild card.

Minnesota (3-9-1) lost Peterson in the second quarter with an ankle injury, then dropped a game it appeared to have won. Twice.

"There were so many momentum shifts in the last couple of minutes, it seemed like the game would never end," Cassel said.

Peterson, the NFL's leading rusher and 2012 MVP, hurt his right foot in the second quarter after catching a short pass and being tackled near the sideline by linebacker Arthur Brown.

"We did X-rays, and it came back pretty clear," said Peterson, who finished with 13 yards on seven carries. "The next step is to get an MRI done (Monday) and find out more."

Gerhart gained 89 yards on 15 attempts. Cassel went 17 for 28 yards for 265 yards.

Flacco completed 28 of 50 passes for 245 yards and three interceptions.

"It was unlikely that we win this game today," he said, "but we did."

The Vikings took their first lead, 12-7, when Cassel threw an 8-yard pass to Jerome Simpson after an interception by safety Andrew Sendejo. Baltimore then moved to the Minnesota 21 before Vonta Leach was stuffed on a fourth-and-1.

That appeared huge, but the teams had plenty of time left to run up and down the sloppy field.

"You think you've seen everything and then a game like this happens," Tucker said. "To sum it up in one word, it was pandemonium."

Minnesota went to overtime in each of its previous two games. And then this.

"These losses, you don't practice this hard to come up short," coach Leslie Frazier said. "It's tough for our guys, it's tough for our staff, it's very disappointing. You practice and work as hard as we do to get wins, and you've got to be able to make those plays to get those wins."

Before the game and in the first quarter, small tractors with plows and workers with shovels tried to clear the snow, to no avail. After the snow let up, tractors moved it from between the hash marks and shovels cleared the yard lines.

The wet football and messy field had an immediate impact. Flacco underthrew his receiver and was intercepted by Chad Greenway to end the opening possession, and the Vikings' second drive ended when Gerhart fumbled. The ball was recovered by safety Matt Elam at the Minnesota 25, and Flacco slipped and skidded for 22 yards before passing to Ed Dickson for a 1-yard touchdown.

It became apparent early that scoring would be difficult, and more so for the Vikings after Peterson left. So Frazier kept his offense on the field on a fourth-and-3 at the Baltimore 38. The Vikings converted to set up a 39-yard field goal by Blair Walsh -- a kick that followed a good deal of preparation by holder Jeff Locke, who used a towel to clear the placement spot.

Walsh added a 40-yarder in the third quarter after Cassel completed a 19-yard pass to Greg Jennings.

Game notes

Ravens LB Elvis Dumervil was inactive (ankle). ... Vikings TE John Carlson left with a concussion. ... Baltimore moved over .500 for the first time since being 3-2.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1523
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6379
Total Yards379325
Yards per play6.04.1
Total Drives1517
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-13-3
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

balTD4:20Ed Dickson 1 Yard Pass From Joe Flacco (Justin Tucker Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 25 yds, 2:15
minFG4:33Blair Walsh 39 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 11 plays, 45 yds, 5:42
minFG12:07Blair Walsh 40 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 38 yds, 2:58
minTD14:28Jerome Simpson 8 Yard Pass From Matt Cassel (Matt Cassel Pass to Greg Jennings For Two-Point Conversion is No)
Drive info: 5 plays, 33 yds, 1:40
balTD2:07Dennis Pitta 1 Yard Pass From Joe Flacco (Joe Flacco Pass to Torrey Smith For Two-Point Conversion is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 64 yds, 4:27
minTD1:45Toby Gerhart 41 Yard Run (Blair Walsh Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 68 yds, 0:38
balTD1:27Jacoby Jones 77 Yard Kickoff Return (Justin Tucker Kick is Good)
Drive info: 0 plays, 0 yds, 0:11
minTD1:01Cordarrelle Patterson 79 Yard Pass From Matt Cassel (Blair Walsh Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 79 yds, 0:31
balTD0:09Marlon Brown 9 Yard Pass From Joe Flacco (Justin Tucker Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 80 yds, 0:41

Research Notes

It took him awhile, but Joe Flacco eventually got rolling against Minnesota's four-man pass rush. The Vikings weren't able to sack or put Joe Flacco under duress when sending four or fewer rushers on either of the Ravens' last two drives. Flacco was pressured on 34% of his dropbacks when facing four or fewer pass rushers his first 12 drives of the game.
2:05, Joe Flacco 1-yd pass to Dennis Pitta - Flacco was 2-of-2 targeting Pitta on the drive. Flacco has completed 75.0% of his attempts to Pitta in the red zone the last two seasons, but only 44.6% to all other Ravens (including playoffs). 1:27, Toby Gerhart 41-yd rush - The 41-yard rush was the second longest of Gerhart's career. It was only the second 40-yard rush allowed by the Ravens this season. 1:16, Jacoby Jones 77-yd kickoff return - This was Jones' first return touchdown of the season. Jones was the only player with multiple kickoff return touchdowns last season. 0:45, Matt Cassel 79-yd pass to Cordarrelle Patterson - Patterson's 79-yard touchdown was on a screen pass. It was the longest screen by anyone this season, and the second longest of the last five seasons. 0:04, Joe Flacco 9-yd pass to Marlon Brown - Flacco's 9-yard pass to Brown was completed in the back of the end zone. Flacco is now 4-of-4 targeting Brown in the end zone this season. No other Ravens receiver has more than three end zone receptions.
From Elias: the Ravens-Vikings game is the first in NFL history with 5 go-ahead touchdowns in the final 2:30 of the 4th quarter
Adrian Peterson is averaging almost 99 rushing yards per game, the third-most by a player in NFL history.
From Elias: Vikings-Ravens is the first game in NFL history with 6 lead changes in the 4th quarter. There have been lots of games with 5 lead changes in the 4th quarter, most recently in 2011 between the Bills and Raiders.
Entering Sunday, only Jamaal Charles (34.6%) has accounted for a higher percentage of his team's yards from scrimmage than Adrian Peterson (32.0%).
From Elias: The Vikings and Ravens combined to score 36 points over the final 2:05... That is by far the most combined points in the final 2:30 of the 4th quarter of any game over the last 50 seasons.

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