- Associated Press - Sunday, October 30, 2011

BALTIMORE — Down by three touchdowns in the second quarter, the Baltimore Ravens were being jeered by the home crowd and in danger of losing another game to a sub-.500 opponent.

What followed was the greatest comeback in the history of the franchise.

Billy Cundiff kicked a 25-yard field goal as time expired, Ray Rice scored a career-high three touchdowns, and the Ravens rallied to beat the Arizona Cardinals 30-27 Sunday.

“You can take a few boos every now and then,” Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said, “especially when you come back and win the game.”

Using a fumble recovery and an 82-yard punt return by Patrick Peterson, Arizona scored three touchdowns during a five-minute span of the second quarter to take a 24-3 lead.

Baltimore (5-2) answered with a 24-point run and moved in front 27-24 when Rice scored his third touchdown on the opening play of the fourth quarter.

Arizona (1-6) pulled even with a 45-yard field goal by Jay Feely with 8:55 left, but the Ravens won it with a 37-yard, beat-the-clock drive in the final minute.

After the Cardinals were forced to punt from deep in their territory, Baltimore took over at the Arizona 44 with 52 seconds left. A 36-yard completion from Flacco to rookie Torrey Smith moved the ball to the 5, setting the stage for Cundiff’s game-winner.

“It’s hard right now,” Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “Our guys are very disappointed after today’s game because it was an opportunity to do something nobody thought we could do.”

The Ravens‘ previous biggest comeback was a 19-point hole against Tennessee in 2006.

Flacco went 31-for-51 for 336 yards, and Rice ran for 63 yards on 18 carries. In a 12-7 loss to Jacksonville on Monday night, the 5-foot-8 running back was limited to 28 yards on eight carries.

Anquan Boldin, who played with the Cardinals from 2003 to 2009, caught seven passes for 145 yards and was a key contributor in the rally.

Arizona has lost six straight. Four of those defeats have been by four points or fewer.

Kevin Kolb threw for 153 yards and a touchdown, and Peterson became the eighth player in Cardinals history to have at least two punt returns for touchdowns in a single season. The last one to do it was Vai Sikahema in 1986.

The Ravens began the second half with an 80-yard drive in which Flacco went 5-for-5, including a 37-yarder to Boldin that set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Rice to make it 24-13.

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