BALTIMORE (NWN) — Justin Tucker scored a 36-yard field goal with 16 seconds in overtime to give the Baltimore Ravens a 34-31 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
The AFC north-leading Ravens (6-2) rallied from a 14-point third-quarter deficit and survived an acrobatic interception by Minnesota’s Anthony Barr in the first possession of overtime. Barr tipped Lamar Jackson’s pass and caught it out of the air, passing the ball to the Vikings for their own 38, but Minnesota were dismissed for three more, and Baltimore again went into Tucker’s boundary.
It was a much easier kick than Tucker’s previous game-winning effort—a record-setting 66-yarder to beat Detroit earlier this season.
It was the third overtime game of the season for each team. They both had separated their first two.
It was another painful defeat for the Vikings (3-5), who have not lost more than seven points throughout the season.
The Ravens took a 31-24 lead on Levon Bell’s 1-yard run with 3:29 remaining in regulation. The Vikings tied it on a 1-yard scoring pass from Kirk Cousins to Adam Thielen with 1:03 to play.
Cousins threw a 12-yard pass to Justin Jefferson on fourth and nine from Baltimore 16 to continue that drive.
Jackson threw 266 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions. He also ran for 120 yards on 21 carries. It was his 10th career 100-yard rushing game, tying Michael Vick’s regular season record for quarterback.
Baltimore went 24-10 after Minnesota’s Ken Nwangwu ran a second-half kickoff for 98 yards for a touchdown, but the Ravens held off thanks to three massive fourth-down conversions.
Devonta Freeman ran for the required yardage on the fourth and 2nd from the Baltimore 36, and then Jackson threw a 1-yard touchdown pass on the fourth and goal to make Patrick Ricard 24-17.
Upon the Ravens’ next capture, Jackson converted quarterback sneak from his 27 to fourth and -1. Baltimore later downed first on third and -15 when Marquis Brown took an 18-yard lead on a catch-and-run.
Jackson eventually threw a 5-yard TD pass to Devin DuVernay, a difficult catch that tied the game and capped an 18-play, 82-yard drive that took 10:17.
Penalties played an important role in the first half. Minnesota’s DJ Vonam was called out for a horse-collar tackle – a replay showed he grabbed Jackson’s jersey in the middle of the back, not the collar – and that’s when the Vikings thought they were going with a stop. So Baltimore Drive was on. Down on the fourth. The Ravens eventually scored a field goal.
Justin Jefferson overtook defensive backs Marlon Humphrey and Chuck Clark before running in a 50-yard touchdown pass from Cousins. On the next drive to Minnesota, Dalvin Cook’s 66-yard run helped set up a 1-yard TD run by the Cousins that made it 14-3. It appeared that the Ravens had stopped the Vikings from 2 to 4 and on goal, but a pass interference call on Chris’ board gave Minnesota a new set of downs.
Down 17-3 late in the half, Jackson threw a deep pass to rookie Rashod Bateman. Xavier Woods arrived a bit early, and that pass interference flag gave Baltimore a 42-yard advantage over Minnesota 5. Jackson flipped a touchdown pass to Freeman in the next play.
Baltimore was without WR Sammy Watkins (thigh) and RB Latvius Murray (ankle). Ravens DT Justin Madubuike and S DeShawn Elliott rocked late in the fourth quarter. … Minnesota DT Michael Pierce (elbow) was missing, and CB Bassoud Breeland went down in the second quarter with a groin injury.
Vikings: Next Sunday at the Los Angeles Chargers.
Ravens: Thursday night in Miami.
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