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NFL: Ravens edge Patriots 31-30

Published September 24, 2012 2:37 pm
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Baltimore • Torrey Smith turned in an emotional — and sensational — performance under difficult circumstances.

His teammates on the Baltimore Ravens helped make it a winning effort.

Rookie Justin Tucker kicked a 27-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Ravens a 31-30 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday night in a rematch of the AFC championship game.

Smith started and scored two touchdowns for the Ravens, less than 24 hours after his younger brother was killed in a motorcycle accident late Saturday night. Smith left the team shortly after midnight Sunday but returned in time for warm-ups. The second-year receiver finished with six catches for 127 yards.

"It was tough, emotionally," Smith said. "I didn't know how I would hold up.

"It means a lot not just for us but for my family. ... That's for my little brother."

A moment of silence was observed before the game for Smith's brother, 19-year-old Tevin Jones.

When the teams met in January, the Patriots squeezed out a three-point win at home to advance to the Super Bowl. The stakes weren't nearly as high in this one, yet the game was eerily similar.

In the previous meeting, Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal in the closing seconds. In the encore, Tucker — who took the job away from Cundiff in training camp — drove his kick just inside the right upright.

The game-winning kick followed a pass interference call against Devin McCourty on Jacoby Jones.

As the officials were leaving the field, Patriots coach Bill Belichick grabbed one of them by the arm. He didn't pursue as the official continued to run off the field.

Baltimore (2-1) won its 12th straight at home behind Joe Flacco, who went 28-for-39 for 382 yards and three touchdowns.

Tom Brady completed 28 of 41 passes for 335 yards and a score for the Patriots (1-2), who fell below .500 for the first time since Week 1 of 2003. Ravens 31,Patriots 30

New England 13 7 7 3 — 30

Baltimore 0 14 7 10 — 31

First Quarter

NE • FG Gostkowski 37, 7:48.

NE • Bolden 2 run (Gostkowski kick), 7:09.

NE • FG Gostkowski 49, :38.

Second Quarter

Bal • T.Smith 25 pass from Flacco (Tucker kick), 9:45.

Bal • Pitta 20 pass from Flacco (Tucker kick), 1:47.

NE • Edelman 7 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), :02.

Third Quarter

Bal • Rice 7 run (Tucker kick), 11:36.

NE • Woodhead 3 run (Gostkowski kick), 6:48.

Fourth Quarter

NE • FG Gostkowski 20, 14:10.

Bal • T.Smith 5 pass from Flacco (Tucker kick), 4:01.

Bal • FG Tucker 27, :00.

Attendance • 71,269.

NE Bal

First downs 33 28

Total Net Yards 396 503

Rushes-yards 34-77 26-121

Passing 319 382

Punt Returns 1-11 2-19

Kickoff Returns 1-24 4-81

Interceptions Ret. 1-36 0-0

Comp-Att-Int 28-41-0 28-39-1

Sacked-Yards Lost 2-16 0-0

Punts 4-43.0 3-45.3

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0

Penalties-yards 10-83 14-135

Time of Possession 31:03 28:57

Individual Statistics

Rushing • New England, Ridley 13-37, Woodhead 15-34, Brady 2-7, Bolden 2-4, Edelman 2-(minus 5). Baltimore, Rice 20-101, Pierce 4-17, Flacco 2-3.

Passing • New England, Brady 28-41-0-335. Baltimore, Flacco 28-39-1-382.

Receiving • New England, Lloyd 9-108, Welker 8-142, Edelman 4-28, Gronkowski 2-21, Branch 2-11, Winslow 1-12, Woodhead 1-9, Hoomanawanui 1-4. Baltimore, T.Smith 6-127, Pitta 5-50, Rice 5-49, Boldin 4-48, J.Jones 3-86, Leach 2-7, Dickson 2-5, Pierce 1-10.






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