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NFL: Ravens 31, Patriots 30
First Published Sep 23 2012 10:49 pm • Last Updated Sep 23 2012 10:51 pm

Baltimore » Torrey Smith turned in an emotional — and sensational — performance under very difficult circumstances.

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

At a glance

Patriots-Ravens Stats

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.

Missed Field Goals » None.

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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 warmups. The second-year wide 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.


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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.

Replacement officials marked off 24 penalties, including 14 against Baltimore. Both Ravens coach John Harbaugh and Belichick spent much of the night yelling at the officiating crew.

Wes Welker had eight catches for 142 yards and Brandon Lloyd caught nine passes for 108 yards for the Patriots, who fell to 6-1 against the Ravens in the regular season — 7-2 including the playoffs.

Down 20-14, the Ravens opened the second half with an 80-yard drive that ended with a 7-yard touchdown run by Ray Rice. Brady matched that with an 80-yard drive of his own, repeatedly picking on cornerback Cary Williams, before Danny Woodhead scored on a 3-yard run to put New England ahead.

Stephen Gostkowski kicked his third field goal to make it 30-21 with 14:10 remaining.

Smith caught a 5-yard touchdown pass with 4:01 left to get the Ravens to 30-28. Flacco went 6 for 7 for 76 yards in the 92-yard drive.

After a New England punt, Baltimore executed the game-winning drive in the final 2 minutes.

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