No players were ejected from the game.

"If you challenge us, we're going to challenge you back, we're going to try to take it out on your quarterback," Jenkins said. "We like people coming at us and giving us their best shot because we're not backing down on anybody."

Tucker hits three field goals

Rookie kicker Justin Tucker provided a serious scoring asset, converting all three of his field goals.

Tucker connected from 56, 51 and 48 yards. His 56-yarder matched the longest in team history.

"I'm pleased with my overall performance, but I'm not into moral victories," Tucker said. "I was happy with the way I stuck the ball. I'm pleased with the microcosm of the event that I had with the 56-yard field goal, but ultimately I would have rather won the game. I think I can hit from the 60's on a really good day."

The Ravens tried to get Tucker into position for a possible game-winning field goal but turned it over on downs at their own 46-yard line in the final minute.

How close did Tucker need to be to have a chance at hitting a game-winning kick?

"It's hard to say," Tucker said. "If they want to trot me out from whatever distance, I'll hit it the same way I always do."

Kruger sidelined

Starting outside linebacker Paul Kruger was scratched for Sunday's game after his sore back didn't respond fast enough.

Kruger ran very stiffly Friday. All along, he was expected to be a game-time decision.

"I just wasn't ready," Kruger said. "I'll be ready for next week for sure."

The Ravens also scratched wide receiver LaQuan Williams, offensive tackle Jah Reid (strained right calf), defensive linemen Bryan Hall and DeAngelo Tyson, tight end Billy Bajema and cornerback Asa Jackson.

Upshaw gets first start

Rookie outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw started at rush outside linebacker in place of Kruger for his first NFL start. He registered six tackles, one for a loss.

"I could have done some things better technique wise, but it's definitely something to build on," said Upshaw, a second-round draft pick from Alabama. "I don't feel like I played a bad game. We kind of stalemated a lot trying to get to Michael Vick. You can't let him get out on the edge. We didn't get to him enough."

End zone

Safety Sean Considine came up a yard short of a first down on a fake punt, gaining 3 yards. "It was a play we thought we could get," Considine said. "It was a great opportunity and I would love to have a do-over on that play. I think we really had something there. Once we look at it on tape, we're going to be shaking our heads at what happened." ... Wide receiver Tandon Doss caught his first regular-season pass, gaining 6 yards. ... The Ravens reported no injuries except for strong safety Bernard Pollard (rib contusion), but Flacco also complained of sore ribs. Linebackers Jameel McClain and Dannell Ellerbe limped off the field but both returned. Offensive tackle Michael Oher was favoring his left foot after the game, but downplayed it and said he's not hurt. ... Rarely-utilized outside linebacker Sergio Kindle was active for the first time this season, recording one tackle for a loss on defense and also was used in kick coverage. "I did what was asked of me," Kindle said. "Of course, the win would have made what I did so much greater. At least I was able to contribute. I did feel good out there."

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