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Tucker's kick lifts Ravens past Dolphins 26-23
BALTIMORE 26, MIAMI 23
By STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -- Frantically trying to protect a slim
lead late in the fourth quarter, the Baltimore Ravens' pass
rushers let Ryan Tannehill slip away to throw for a big gain.
The next time they made sure he didn't escape.
Elvis Dumervil sacked Tannehill for a 5-yard loss in the final
minute to push the Miami Dolphins to the edge of field-goal
range, and two plays later Caleb Sturgis missed a 57-yard try,
giving Baltimore a 26-23 victory Sunday.
Baltimore finished with six sacks, three by Terrell Suggs.
"We weren't perfect, but we made plays we needed to," Suggs
Justin Tucker kicked a 44-yard field goal to put the Ravens
ahead with 1:42 left.
Then Tannehill, under pressure all day, scrambled to his left
before completing a 46-yard pass to Brandon Gibson on fourth
down to keep the Dolphins' hopes alive and give them a first
down at the 34.
Dumervil pushed them back to the 39.
"We had good coverage, and I was able to make the play," he
That might have been enough to make Sturgis miss. He was wide
left with 33 seconds to go.
"Bad time to miss," said the rookie, who had been 10 for 10. "I
wanted to make sure I got it there. Unfortunately I hooked it
The Ravens (3-2) rediscovered their ground game, bounced back
from a loss last week at Buffalo and won on the road for the
first time this season.
The Dolphins (3-2) lost their second game in a row, with their
pass protection again a culprit. Tannehill came into the game
with 18 sacks, the most of any NFL quarterback.
"It's hard to function offensively when you're going backward,"
coach Joe Philbin said. "We're going to fix the problems we
have. We're not going to sweep them under the rug."
Baltimore's Joe Flacco passed for 269 yards and had one
interception after throwing a career-high five interceptions
last week. He had three completions of at least 40 yards, and
each set up a score.
The Ravens ran for a season-high 133 yards. Ray Rice rushed for
a season-best 74 and caught six passes for 28. Torrey Smith made
six catches for 121 yards.
Despite being outgained and outplayed, the Dolphins mounted a
furious rally. Trailing 23-13 with 10 minutes left, they scored
twice in 95 seconds.
Reshad Jones tied the game at 23 by returning an interception 25
yards for a touchdown. Flacco was throwing from the goal line on
third down when his right arm and the ball were hit by Dion
Jordan, and the pass fluttered to Jones, who ran untouched for
"Stuff happens," Flacco said. "You get mad at yourself for a
couple of seconds, then you go to the sideline to regroup."
"Joe never gets fazed," coach John Harbaugh said. "He's not
going to get rattled."
Flacco moved Baltimore 34 yards to set up Tucker's tiebreaking
field goal, his fourth of the day. The score triggered a roar,
with perhaps 10,000 Ravens rooters in the crowd of 68,342.
"How many fans did we have here?" Harbaugh said. "It seemed like
half the stadium. They were loud the whole game."
Flacco led drives of 80, 73 and 94 yards on the Ravens' first
three possessions of the second half, each resulting in a score
to transform a 13-6 deficit into a 23-13 lead.
Tannehill couldn't quite keep up. He finished 21 for 40 for 307
yards with one touchdown and no turnovers, but the Ravens' sacks
cost Miami 35 yards.
"We knew coming in they had a good pass rush," Tannehill said.
"Especially when you get behind 10, we knew they were going to
be teeing off. As a unit we just all need to step up and do
everything we can to handle the pass rush."
The pressure was fiercest in the fourth quarter, when Suggs had
all of his sacks.
"My wife told me, `Bring mama home three sacks,"' he said. "It
came down the stretch and it was time to get going."
Notes: Dolphins DE Cameron Wake, nursing a left knee injury,
started but played only briefly. Miami LB Dannell Ellerbe hurt
his shoulder in the second quarter. CB Nolan Carroll left the
game in the third quarter with a rib injury. ... Ravens G
Kelechi Osemele was sidelined by back spasms. ... An
interception by Baltimore's James Ihedigbo was overturned, with
the replay judge determining he was out of bounds. ... Bernard
Pierce had a 28-yard run, the Ravens' longest this season. ...
Miami's Mike Wallace had seven catches for 105 yards, but also
dropped at least two passes.
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