NFL: Late field goal gives Baltimore Ravens narrow victory over Miami Dolphins
The Baltimore Ravens moved back to the top of the AFC North after clinching a narrow 26-23 win over the Miami Dolphins.
Last Updated: 06/10/13 10:23pm
A 44-yard field goal from Justin Tucker with 1:46 left in the fourth quarter allowed the Ravens to improve to 3-2 while handing the Dolphins (3-2) their second straight loss.
Ray Rice ran in two touchdowns for the Ravens while the Dolphins gained 307 yards through the air, 105 of which went to star off-season acquisition Mike Wallace.
Baltimore kicker Tucker was in the thick of the action from the off, opening the scoring with a 42-yard field goal before the visitors had an interception chalked off after replays showed James Ihedigbo had landed out of bounds after catching the ball.
And it was Miami who forced a turnover when Rice fumbled deep in his own territory, although a dropped pass from Wallace meant the ensuing drive only ended in a Caleb Sturgis field goal.
The Ravens retook the lead when Tucker nailed a 50-yarder at the start of the second quarter, but Sturgis responded to tie things up again at 6-6.
Miami finally scored the game's first touchdown just before half-time as quarterback Ryan Tannehill found tight end Charles Clay in the end zone, the score being upheld after a lengthy review from the booth.
Baltimore drew level on the first drive of the second half as two long pass interference penalties set the Ravens up on Miami's two-yard line and running back Rice converted from close range.
Tucker's third field goal then put the Ravens in front and, as the Miami offence continued to misfire, Rice sauntered into the end zone from three yards to stretch the advantage to 10 points.
A Sturgis three-pointer reduced the deficit and Miami tied things up when Dion Jordan disrupted Joe Flacco's throwing motion, with Reshad Jones plucking the loose ball from the air and taking it back to the house for a pick six.
But Flacco led the Ravens into field goal range with a play-action pass to Torrey Smith and Tucker edged his side in front by splitting the uprights from 44 yards.
Tannehill then dramatically converted a fourth down to Brandon Gibson before being sacked by Elvis Dumervil, giving Sturgis a potentially game-tying 57-yard field goal which he hit wide left.