Down 21 at half, Ravens roar back to edge Arizona
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.
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.
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.
The Ravens‘ previous biggest comeback was a 19-point hole against Tennessee in 2006.
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.