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.



MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Paul Heyman says Brock Lesnar could still return to UFC

Report: NBA considering play-in tourney for final playoff teams

Giannis Antetokounmpo has no interest in playing in L.A.

Michael Vick on Lamar Jackson: He's a 'spitting image' of me

Report: Tension between Love, teammates began last season

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Roberto Luongo gives emotional speech about school shooting

Report: Dolphins could look to release or trade Ndamukong Suh

Michael Porter Jr. cleared for basketball activities

Tebow: NFL teams still offer him chance to play other positions

Report: Cowboys could be an ‘unexpected’ suitor for Cousins

Kyrie found out Cavs talked trading him in ‘sloppy’ meeting

The 'Kawhi so serious?' quiz

No one wants to jump with Dennis Smith Jr.

Top MLB Cy Young candidates heading into 2018

Negro Leaguers every baseball fan should know

MLB's top 10 first basemen for 2018

Faltering Blackhawks face tough decisions at deadline

One weakness each contender must fix before NBA Playoffs

10 breakout stars of the 2018 Winter Olympics

The greatest barrier-breaking African-American moments in MLB history

25 best MLB players under 25

A.J. McCarron might be the best consolation prize in free agency

MLB's top 10 second basemen for 2018

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

No one wants to jump with Dennis Smith Jr.

The 'Kawhi so serious?' quiz

Top MLB Cy Young candidates heading into 2018

25 best MLB players under 25

The 'Red Sox finally get their guy' quiz

MLB's top 10 first basemen for 2018

Faltering Blackhawks face tough decisions at deadline

Offseason needs for every NFL team

MLB's top 10 second basemen for 2018

The 'All muscle hamsters go to heaven' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker