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How NUTS Was the End of That Vikings-Ravens Game?

(Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

(Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

Heart-attack inducing doesn’t even begin to describe the final two minutes of Sunday’s matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the visiting Minnesota Vikings, a game which the Ravens eventually won 29-26.

It all started with a Joe Flacco 1-yard TD pass to tight end Dennis Pitta with 2:05 left in the fourth quarter. The Ravens then converted a 2pt attempt to go up 15-12 (#1 in the win probability chart below). That’s when all hell broke loose at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Vikings answered with a two play 68-yard drive that was capped by a 41-yard Toby Gerhart run that lasted all of 38 seconds (#2)—Gerhart was tasked replacing Adrian Peterson in the backfield after the league’s leading rusher went down with an ankle injury. After the extra point, Minnesota was back on top 19-15.

That was short lived, though. Jacoby Jones took the ensuing kickoff 77 yards to the house (#3) to put the Ravens in front yet again, 22-19, with 1:16 left on the clock.

Fans had little time to celebrate, though. On the third play of the Vikings’ next drive, Matt Cassel threw a short screen to rookie wide receiver/return man/future pro bowler/unstoppable force Cordarrelle Patterson who corralled the pass, made a few men miss, and then sprinted the rest of the way for a 79-yard touchdown (#4). The Vikes found themselves in the lead again, 26-22. Problem was, they left 45 seconds on the clock, nearly as much time as the last four drives combined.

Having to go 80 yards with only two timeouts, Joe Flacco turned to rookie receiver Marlon Brown. The two connected on the first play from scrimmage for 35 yards. An 18-yard pass interference call (that was extremely questionable and smelled like some home cooking) negated an interception, and another 18-yard pass to Dennis Pitta set Baltimore up at the nine yard line with ten seconds left. That’s when Flacco found Brown in the back of the endzone for a gorgeous toe-tapping reception (#5).

The drive took all of 41 seconds and left just enough time for a squib kick that was returned to midfield. Ravens win 29-26.

Ravens win prob 12 8 13

There have been some back and forth games this year, but I can’t think of one that saw so many swings in momentum, so close together, and right at the end of the game. The final six drives of the game all resulted in touchdowns, five of which happened in a span of about two minutes. Unbelievable.

Adrian Peterson found the events of the game unbelievable as well—specifically the actions of the refs and fans, and took to the Twitter afterwards to tweet his displeasure.

I’m guessing there’s a little frustration in there with the ankle injury—and I’m not going to disagree with him about Baltimore having the worst fanbase in the history of fanbases—but you can’t be mad about how that game ended.

Wide Receivers Are SUCH Divas…

The above heading is an oft repeated quip about the men on the football field whose sole tasks include prancing downfield, breaking away from their defender or finding a hole in the defensive zone, and catching the football. For whatever reason, they love love LOVE to start drama. No one was better at it than the currently-unemployed duo of Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson.

Two men are doing their best to join their ranks though–both are in their first seasons with a new team after spending the bulk of their careers with one team. And both are talking trash on those former teams.

First up, Wes Welker. Peyton Manning’s newest weapon in Denver spoke out in a Sports Illustrated interview about the dictatorship that he was able to escape from in New England.

“It was just kind of hard,” Welker told the magazine, “one of those deals where you have to endure him, put up with him. … But he does it to everybody. It’s the way he is.”

Since joining the Broncos, Welker said he feels like he can be himself, express more of his inner-Diva without the same repercussions that he experienced in New England (like the time he made some foot-fetish related comments about New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan and was benched for the first series in a playoff game), but–oddly–it’s still something he’s working on.

“When I’m answering questions from the Denver media, I’m not worried about what the Broncos’ people are going to think,” Welker said. “I’m worried about what Belichick will think. Isn’t that crazy?”

A bit, I guess. But Divas will be Divas.

Then there’s new Minnesota Vikings wide out Greg Jennings who literally hasn’t stopped running his mouth about the Green Bay Packers since he signed with the team’s NFC North rival. It’s almost frightening, and may be something that he needs to get checked out–this obsession could turn into a real sickness if it isn’t addressed quickly. Leslie Fraizer, Jennings’ new head coach, has already asked him to keep the Packer talk to a minimum after he called into question the leadership qualities of Aaron Rodgers, but Jennings ignored that order when he went on KFAN radio on Wednesday and talked about being brainwashed by the Packers organization.

“One of the things that drew me to coming over here was the makeup of the team. When I came over here, I was kind of brainwashed. There’s no ‘kind of’ to it. Being over in Green Bay, you’re brainwashed to think anyone in the division is tiers below,” Jennings said. “It’s like everything that you know in Green Bay is like the best, the best, the best, the best, the best. And it’s like total brainwashing. And I think you don’t open your eyes to see what other teams have to offer unless you are in that position, and I was afforded this position.”

He would later go through a very typical Diva-like mood swing and praise the work of Packers head coach Mike McCarthy.

“You want the truth?” he said. “McCarthy, he really is mindful of–and this isn’t saying Coach Frazier isn’t–but McCarthy is one of those guys that he really looks at his team and he evaluates, ‘OK, what do we need to cut back today, what do we need to implement today because I want a fresh team. I want to get quality work versus quantity.’ And that’s the biggest difference being a veteran guy and seeing what we are doing. We are pushing through everything, working hard every single day, which is always great to work out, but at the same time, you’ve got to give and take a little bit.”

After the interview, Jennings rushed to the nearest restroom to change his tampon before leaving the studio to return to Packers Vikings camp.