(BALTIMORE) — In a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship game, it was once again a field goal that decided the game. This time, a different result.
Justin Tucker kicked a 27-yard field goal with no time left to lead the Baltimore Ravens past the New England Patriots 31-30 on Sunday night.
The Ravens (2-1) got two touchdowns from wide receiver Torrey Smith, who was playing with a heavy heart after his younger brother died in a motorcycle accident on Saturday night.
“It means a lot not just for us but for my family. … That’s for my little brother,” Smith said.
The Patriots (1-2) led by nine with under five minutes to play before Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco led the comeback. Flacco cut the lead to two with a pass to Smith, and then the game-winning drive that set up the kick from the rookie Tucker that just went over the right upright.
Unlike last year when Billy Cundiff missed a potential tying kick in Foxborough, this regular season game went the Raven’s way.
Flacco finished with 382 yards passing and three touchdown passes, while running back Ray Rice rushed for 101 yards and a score.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady led the way for New England with 335 yards and a touchdown through the air.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN