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Instant Analysis: Ravens pull out stunner over Patriots

Baltimore Sun staff members analyze the Ravens' 31-30 win over the New England Patriots.

Mike Preston, columnist: The Ravens won a shootout. Whoever thought that would happen?

Peter Schmuck, columnist: Great victory for the Ravens, but if this game didn't convince Commissioner Roger Goodell to get the regular officials back onto the field, nothing will. The whole country saw how the integrity of the sport is being sacrificed so that the NFL can score a collective bargaining victory. 

Aaron Wilson, reporter: The Ravens win a nail-biter as rookie kicker Justin Tucker comes through in a chip-shot situation against the Patriots after Billy Cundiff misfired in the AFC title game. Porous pass defense raises a lot of concerns, but offense displayed mettle against highly regarded defense. This time, Joe Flacco wins the statistical duel and the game over Tom Brady with 382 passing yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

Matt Vensel, Ravens blogger/reporter: In a thrilling, emotional win at M&T; Bank Stadium, the Ravens twice erased two-score deficits to stun the Patriots at home. I don't know if Joe Flacco outplayed Tom Brady again, but he certainly played very well after an awful first quarter. The proud defense came up big late, as did rookie kicker Justin Tucker. And what more can you say about Torrey Smith? This one was a fun one.

Ron Fritz, sports editor: Even when the Patriots went up by nine points, you just knew the Ravens were going to come back. Unbelievable performance by wide receiver Torrey Smith in the worst of circumstances, and rookie kicker Justin Tucker made the field goal when it counted. Big win starts a big week in Baltimore for the Ravens and Orioles.

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