Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/24/12

Coming into this game, the Baltimore Ravens could only think about one thing: getting revenge on the New England Patriots for knocking them out of the playoffs last year. These feelings kind of took a backseat as they help comfort wide receiver Torrey Smith after hearing less than 24 hours that his younger brother, Tevin Jones passed away in a motorcycle accident.

In return, Smith gave a standout performance as rookie kicker Justin Tucker makes sure their isn't a repeat of last year's  letdown, booting the Ravens pass the Patriots 31-30.

Hero of the game:

You can make the argument that Tucker's last second field goal righted the wrong done by former Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff in the playoffs last year. Joe Flacco can also be thrown into the mix as he masterfully outplayed quarterback Tom Brady, passing for 382 yards and three touchdowns.

Nothing can compare to the game Torrey Smith had thought as he heroically played his heart out after his brother's death. Smith flew by and out jumped the Patriots defenders, catching six passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns, one of them which brought the Ravens within two points late in the forth quarter. The next and final Ravens drive was were Tucker put away the Patriots as he kicked the game winning field goal as the clock expired.

Zero of the game:

The Patriots defense would get this award after they let the Ravens rack up  503 yards of offense which included Flacco almost passing for 400 yards and Ravens running back Ray Rice rushing for over 100 yards. Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty gets a share of this award as his pass interference call against Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones  that help setup Tucker's game winning field goal.

The referees came in at close second for zero of the game as they tossed the yellow flag to the tune of 38 total penalties called between the two teams. It slowed the game down and even gave Patriots head coach Bill Belichick a reason to grab one of the officials as they were leaving the field after the game.



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