• My Scores
  • NFL
  • NBA
  • NHL
  • Golf

Baltimore at Minnesota

Vikings barely stay perfect, hold off Flacco, Ravens

CBSSports.com wire reports

MINNEAPOLIS -- As great as Brett Favre was Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings quarterback was pretty sure he wasn't good enough.

Ravens' future bleak with uncharacteristically porous defense
by Clark Judge
What's Your Take?
Tell Clark your opinion!

So sure that the Vikings were headed to their first defeat of the season, Favre couldn't even bear to watch as Baltimore kicker Steve Hauschka lined up for a 44-yard field goal with two seconds to play.

Yet thanks to Favre, receiver Sidney Rice and a whole lot of luck, the Vikings are 6-0.

Favre's 58-yard completion to Rice set up Ryan Longwell's fourth field goal, and Hauschka's kick was wide left at the final whistle, allowing the Vikings to remain undefeated, 33-31.

"I hate to say that I was not real confident because I'm confident in our team, period," said Favre, who completed 21 of 29 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns. "But offensively, they probably just felt like, 'We could do whatever.' "

The game turned from blowout to nail-biter in a sensational final period, with the Ravens erasing a 17-point deficit with 10 minutes to play.


Recap: Gumbel, Dierdorf

Peterson on Vikings' victory


Postgame reports: Ravens | Vikings


Thread: Vikings vs. Ravens game thread

Thread: Defense a disgrace

Thread: Cut the kicker

Message Boards: NFL | Vikings | Ravens

Joe Flacco threw for 385 yards and two touchdowns for the Ravens (3-3), who scored twice on drives that totaled just 56 seconds to take a 31-30 lead with 3:37 to play.

But Hauschka pushed his field goal try, and the Ravens' once-impenetrable defense has shown plenty of cracks in their three-game losing streak.

"It's tough for me," Hauschka said. "I feel like I let them down. That's something I have to live with."

The Ravens told Matt Stover, who had 14 game-winning kicks during a 19-year career with the original Browns and Ravens, that they were going in another direction. Stover was picked up by Indianapolis this week.

"We didn't lose that game because of Hauschka's miss," said Ravens running back Ray Rice, who had 117 yards receiving, 77 yards rushing and two touchdowns. "If we start fast and put points on the board, our defense starts fast, I think the game is a totally different outcome. But that's what happens when you play against great teams."

The Vikings took a 14-0 lead in the first nine minutes and led 27-10 when Visanthe Shiancoe caught his second TD of the game with 10:08 to play. But Flacco was just getting started.

He threw a 32-yard TD to Mark Clayton. After a field goal by Longwell, Flacco capped a 49-second drive with a 12-yard TD to Derrick Mason, and it was 30-24.

Ray Lewis and the Ravens' proud defense came up with their first big stop all day, and Ray Rice's 33-yard run gave Baltimore its first lead seven seconds after it got the ball back.

"We realize what kind of fighters we have in our locker room and that's what we're going to use the rest of the year," said Flacco, who helped lead the Ravens to the AFC championship game as a rookie last year. "I think we were 3-3 last year, not that that matters, but we can overcome anything."

Stunned and reeling, the Vikings turned to Favre -- this was just the situation they signed him for two weeks into training camp. He pump-faked and unloaded to Minnesota's Rice, who beat Frank Walker for the 58-yard catch.

"We have been in this situation before and I had faith that we would make a play," said Sidney Rice, who had six catches for a career-high 176 yards.

But coach Brad Childress played it conservative with three consecutive runs, and Longwell's 31-yard field goal gave Flacco one more chance with 1:49 to go.

Childress called a timeout right before the final play to ice Hauschka, and he thought it might have been a mistake when he saw the youngster stumble on his approach for his initial kick.

"He kind of false-started himself and I was like, 'I wish I would have had that one before the timeout,' " Childress said. "But you've got to believe and I was telling Adrian [Peterson] right before the kick that we were going to win the game."

Peterson became the second running back in as many weeks to top 100 yards against the Ravens defense after Baltimore had gone 39 games without allowing one. He finished with 143 yards on 22 carries, but Pro Bowl cornerback Antoine Winfield left in the second quarter with a foot injury.

The Ravens have lost three in a row by a combined 11 points.

"Every game has been a game of inches," Ray Lewis said. "But for me, being in this business for so long, it just speaks volumes for our team in the way we fight, regardless of the circumstance we've been put in."


  • There were no turnovers in the game.
  • Flacco passed for 196 yards and two TDs in the fourth quarter alone.
  • Childress said Winfield asked to return to the game, but the Vikings played it safe by holding him out. Backup CB Karl Paymah struggled at times in his place.
  • Vikings KR Percy Harvin aggravated a left shoulder injury in the fourth quarter. Childress said X-rays showed no more extensive damage than was already there.
Copyright 2015 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Brett Favre is flawless for the Vikings as he finishes with 278 yards and three touchdowns through the air.
Brett Favre is flawless for the Vikings as he finishes with 278 yards and three touchdowns through the air. (US Presswire)


Related Video

November 25, 2015
Fantasy update: Crockett Gillmore (11/25) (1:04)
November 25, 2015
Fantasy update: Kamar Aiken (11/25)
November 24, 2015
Fantasy update: Baltimore RBs (11/24)
November 23, 2015
Flacco on knee injury
Sun. Oct. 18Final
Pass: J. Flacco (28-43, 385) B. Favre (21-29, 278)
Rush: R. Rice (10-77) A. Peterson (22-143)
Rec: R. Rice (10-117) S. Rice (6-176)
Scoring Summary
TDVisanthe Shiancoe, 19 Yd pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick is good), 11:25. Drive: 6 plays, 61 yards in 3:35.
TDBernard Berrian, 4 Yd pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick is good), 6:16. Drive: 7 plays, 55 yards in 3:21.
FGSteven Hauschka 29 Yd, 0:00. Drive: 9 plays, 71 yards in 1:47.
FGRyan Longwell 40 Yd, 7:16. Drive: 10 plays, 38 yards in 5:35.
TDRay Rice, 22 Yd run (Steven Hauschka kick is good), 4:13. Drive: 8 plays, 72 yards in 3:03.
FGRyan Longwell 22 Yd, 2:05. Drive: 5 plays, 67 yards in 2:08.
TDVisanthe Shiancoe, 1 Yd pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick is good), 10:08. Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards in 5:42.
TDMark Clayton, 32 Yd pass from Joe Flacco (Steven Hauschka kick is good), 8:35. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards in 1:33.
FGRyan Longwell 29 Yd, 6:01. Drive: 5 plays, 61 yards in 2:34.
TDDerrick Mason, 12 Yd pass from Joe Flacco (Steven Hauschka kick is good), 5:12. Drive: 3 plays, 73 yards in 0:49.
TDRay Rice, 33 Yd run (Steven Hauschka kick is good), 3:37. Drive: 1 play, 33 yards in 0:07.
FGRyan Longwell 31 Yd, 1:56. Drive: 6 plays, 66 yards in 1:41.
Players of the Game

B. Favre
Att 29
Comp 21
Yds 278
TD 3

J. Flacco
Att 43
Comp 28
Yds 385
TD 2
J. Flacco28/4338520
R. Rice1077233
W. McGahee7305
L. McClain1101
R. Rice10117063
D. Mason797127
M. Clayton357132
T. Heap351023
K. Washington348028
D. Williams117017
L. McClain1-20-2
B. Favre21/2927830
A. Peterson22143058
C. Taylor822011
P. Harvin1202
S. Rice6176063
V. Shiancoe448221
A. Peterson423010
B. Berrian31818
P. Harvin21008
J. Kleinsasser1303
N. Tahi1000
Complete Player Stats
Other Games
DEN 34 Final
SD 23
CHI 14 Final
ATL 21
BUF 16 Final
NYJ 13
TEN 0 Final
NE 59
ARI 27 Final
PHI 9 Final
OAK 13
KC 14 Final
CAR 28 Final
TB 21
CLE 14 Final
PIT 27
NYG 27 Final
NO 48
STL 20 Final
JAC 23
DET 0 Final
GB 26
HOU 28 Final
CIN 17