In one of the most unbelievable games you’ll see all season long, the Baltimore Ravens beat the Minnesota Vikings 29-26, amidst the snowy conditions on Sunday. Early in the game, things didn’t look good for Minnesota as running back Adrian Peterson went down for the day due to injury. But, the Vikings would prove they could still put points on the board when it counted.
Fast forward to the fourth quarter where the Vikings led 12-7. Remember when I said the Ravens won by a score of 29-26? Yeah, that still holds true. With 2:05 to go in the game, Joe Flacco hit Dennis Pitta for what would be the first of five touchdowns scored before time expired.
You read that correctly: Five touchdowns in two minutes and five seconds.
After Pitta’s score and a two point conversion, which gave the Ravens a huge swing in momentum, the Vikings turned right around and scored two plays later when Toby Gerhart – Peterson’s fill-in — dashed off to the races on a 41-yard touchdown run. At that moment, Minnesota took back the lead, 19-15.
These teams were only getting warmed up.
Jacoby Jones took the ensuing kickoff back 77 yards to the house for a score, prompting a priceless look on the face of his head coach, John Harbaugh. When the cameras flipped to Harbaugh immediately after the score, his face told you one thing: Relief.
But, yet again, that relief didn’t last long.
On the next drive for Minnesota, Matt Cassell hit rookie wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson for a 79-yard catch and run all the way to the house. The Vikings went up 26-22 with just 45 seconds remaining.
“Joe Cool” was ready and willing, however, to take this game to one last incredible moment. Flacco hit Marlon Brown for a 35-yard gain, followed by a pass interference penalty on Minnesota that nullified what would have been an interception to seal the game. Pitta then reeled in an 18-yard catch to set up the Ravens from the 9-yard line where they would call their final timeout.
On the following play, Flacco drilled Brown for a score in which the wideout kept both feet barely in bounds while coming down with an improbable touchdown catch.
Unless you were able to watch this game, not even the highlights would do it justice. The first three quarters of this one were pretty uneventful and didn’t feature many points on the board. But, late in the fourth quarter these teams resorted to what seemed like pure magic.
This game will likely go down as an instant classic and may wind up be a signature victory on the Ravens’ season as they look to get back into the playoffs and currently fight to hold onto the 6th and final seed in the AFC.