What happened: The Ravens survived a frantic Cowboys comeback when Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant dropped a potential game-tying two-point conversion and moments later, Dan Bailey pushed a 51-yard field-goal attempt wide left as time expired. It marked the Ravens' NFL-best 14th straight win at home, but it came at quite a cost. The Ravens lost leading tackler and emotional leader Lewis (torn right triceps) and top cornerback Lardarius Webb (torn left anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus) to season-ending injuries. Their run defense was also gouged for a franchise-worst 227 rushing yards. Star of the game: Rice only touched the ball 17 times, but he totaled 106 yards and two touchdowns. His first of two 1-yard touchdown runs midway through the second quarter tied the game at 10, and his second gave the Ravens a 31-23 lead with 4:41 to play and was the game's decisive score. Turning point: The Ravens' lead was down to 17-13 and their defense was offering little resistance when Jacoby Jones took a kickoff 8 yards deep, decided to take the ball out and didn't stop running until he broke out into a Deion Sanders-like dance in the Cowboys' end zone. The 108-yard kickoff return, sprung by an Anthony Allen block, was the longest in Ravens history. Key stats: The Cowboys had possession for 40:03, compared to just 19:57 for the Ravens. The Ravens also were out-gained 481 to 316. The Cowboys committed 13 penalties for 82 yards. Quote: "I don't know if we necessarily deserve to win this game, but we'll take it," Flacco said. "We'll get the hell out of here really quick and go home and fall asleep and wake up the next morning with a win."
Baltimore Sun photo by Karl Merton Ferron