Ravens win with last minute field goal
Dolphins lose in final seconds of game
MIAMI -- Justin Tucker kicked a 43-yard field goal with 1:42 left in the game to lead the Baltimore Ravens over the Miami Dolphins, 26-23, Sunday at Sun Life Stadium.
It was Tucker's fourth field goal of the game and held up after the Dolphins' game-tying try by rookie Caleb Sturgis from 57 yards missed wide left in the final seconds.
The Ravens (3-2) started their winning drive on their own 40 with 4:07 left. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who passed for 269 yards, directed the winning drive to subdue the Dolphins (3-2).
Miami, out of timeouts, got the ball on its own 20 for its final drive. Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed a fourth-and-10 pass to a diving Brandon Gibson for 46 yards.
After Tannehill was sacked by Elvis Dumervil, Sturgis tried the long field goal on fourth-and-15. He had the distance but the ball sailed wide. Tannehill was sacked six times, including three by left defensive end Terrell Suggs.
Flacco, who was intercepted a career-high five times in last week's 23-20 loss to Buffalo, was much better against Miami. But he was intercepted by Reshad Jones, who returned it for a 25-yard touchdown with 8:03 left in the game.
Dolphins rookie defensive end Dion Jordan, the No. 3 pick in the 2013 draft, pressured Flacco on the play and deflected the pass with his left hand. That resulted in a high, floating pass, an easy pick for Jones and a 23-23 score.
Before that play, Flacco had directed the Ravens to three straight scoring drives to start the second half.
With 4:18 left in the third quarter, Baltimore took a 16-13 lead on Tucker's 25-yard field goal. The 11-play, 73-yard drive was highlighted by a 40-yard catch by Tandon Doss, who looked over his left shoulder and then adjusted to his right to get the ball.
Baltimore went up 23-13 when it put together an 11-play, 94-yard drive that ended with Ray Rice's three-yard run, his second touchdown of the game.
Miami pulled to within 23-16 on Caleb Stugris' 48-yard field goal, his third of the game.
The Ravens opened the second half with a 80-yard touchdown drive, capped by Rice's two-yard run. Miami was hurt by pass interference calls on Nolan Carroll for 38 yards and Brent Grimes for 17.
The Ravens scored on their first possession of the game, getting a 3-0 lead on Tucker's 42-yard field goal. The 49-yard drive was set up by a 41-yard, one-handed catch by Torrey Smith, who converted on a third-and-5 play. Smith caught six passes for 121 yards.
On Baltimore's third possession, Rice fumbled at his own 29. The fumble was forced by Paul Soliai and recovered by Miami teammate Dannell Ellerbe.
Miami couldn't do much with the field position, moving just 10 yards, including a penalty -- and settled for a 37-yard field goal by Sturgis.
The Ravens took a 6-3 second-quarter lead on a 50-yard Tucker field goal. Due to a penalty, the drive went just 42 yards, including a 43-yard completion to Ed Dickson.
Miami came right back to tie the score 6-6 on a 25-yard Sturgiss field goal. Tannehill's 49-yard deep pass to Mike Wallace was the key play in the drive.
The Dolphins then scored when Tannehill completed a 9-yard touchdown pass in the left corner to tight end Charles Clay with 46 seconds left in the first half. It was questionable if Clay was in bounds on the play, but the call stood after a review.
Clay's score capped an impressive seven-play, 60-yard drive that begin with just 1:55 left in the half. The key pass was a 30-yarder to Brian Hartline on a third-and-11 play.
That gave the Dolphins a 13-6 halftime lead despite just seven yards rushing. It took them 19 minutes to get a rushing or passing first down.
NOTES: Ellerbe left the game in the second quarter due to a shoulder injury. ... The Ravens' inactives Sunday included NT Terrence Cody (knee injury), WR Jacoby Jones (knee) and OT Eugene Monroe, 26, a former first-round pick just acquired from Jacksonville for fourth- and fifth-round picks next year. ... On the Ravens' active list was backup TE Billy Bajema, who was signed Saturday after the team cut WR Brandon Stokley. ... Among the Dolphins' inactive players was CB Dimitri Patterson (groin injury), who was replaced in the starting lineup by Nolan Carroll. ... The Dolphins also promoted rookie safety Jordan Kovacs from the practice squad. ... Next up, the Dolphins have a bye week and then play host to Buffalo on Oct. 20. ... The Ravens return home to play Green Bay on Sunday.