Ravens rally past Vikings 29-26 on icy field
BALTIMORE (AP) - Joe Flacco threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to rookie Marlon Brown with 4 seconds left, capping a flurry of scores on an icy field and giving the Baltimore Ravens a 29-26 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
Following a first half played in a driving snowstorm, the teams combined for five touchdowns in the final 125 seconds. Brown's catch concluded a five-play, 80-yard drive that took 41 seconds.
It came after Matt Cassell threw a 79-yard touchdown pass to Cordarrelle Patterson with 45 seconds remaining. Just before that, Baltimore's Jacoby Jones took a kickoff 77 yards for a score, which followed a 41-yard TD run by Toby Gerhart, who had replaced an injured Adrian Peterson.
Baltimore (7-6) has its first three-game winning streak this season and the inside track for the second AFC wild card.
Minnesota (3-9-1) lost Peterson in the second quarter with an ankle injury.
Vikings RB Peterson leaves with ankle injury
BALTIMORE (AP) - Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has left Sunday's game against Baltimore with an ankle injury.
The injury occurred early in the second quarter on a snowy afternoon and on a wet field. His return is questionable.
Peterson caught a short pass from Matt Cassel and headed to the right sideline. He was tackled by Arthur Brown near the Minnesota bench and immediately threw away the ball as he headed down toward the slick turf.
Peterson remained on the ground before being helped to his feet.
To that point, Peterson had 13 yards on seven carries. Peterson, the 2012 NFL MVP, began the day as the NFL rushing leader with 1,208 yards.
Harding makes 37 saves, Wild beat Sharks 3-1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Josh Harding made 37 saves in another strong home outing, and the Minnesota Wild beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 on Sunday night despite recording only 13 shots.
Zach Parise scored twice - once into an empty net - and Mikko Koivu added a goal for the Wild, who have won three of four.
Patrick Marleau scored with 1:41 left for San Jose, which went 1-3 on a four-game trip. The Sharks, who have lost three in a row in regulation for the first time this season, are 0-5-1 in their last six games in Minnesota.
Antti Niemi made 10 saves.
Parise and Koivu scored second-period goals to give Minnesota a 2-0 lead. Parise pushed the Wild's edge back to two goals when he scored at 19:54.
Syracuse, Minnesota to meet in Texas Bowl
HOUSTON (AP) - Minnesota will play in the Texas Bowl for the second year in a row when it faces Syracuse on Dec. 27.
The Gophers (8-4) improved by two wins in 2013 but have wound up in Houston yet again. Minnesota blew a 10-point lead in the final 1:10 and lost to Texas Tech 34-31 in last year's Texas Bowl.
Syracuse (6-6) finished 4-4 in its first season in the ACC and rallied past Boston College in the regular-season finale to earn bowl eligibility.
Minnesota is 3-1 against Syracuse, including a 17-10 win in 2012.
Ravens LB Dumervil inactive vs Vikings
BALTIMORE (AP) - Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil has been placed on the inactive list for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings because of a sprained ankle.
Dumervil sprained his left ankle in Baltimore's 22-20 win over Pittsburgh on Thanksgiving night. He leads the Ravens with 9½ sacks.
Baltimore's inactive list includes tight end Dallas Clark. The Ravens activated tight end Dennis Pitta from the injured list on Saturday, and he's expected to make his season debut after being sidelined with a fractured and dislocated hip.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson missed some practice time with a groin injury but is not on the inactive list. He is expected to start on a snowy day in Baltimore.
Minnesota's inactives include quarterback Christian Ponder, tight end Kyle Rudolph, defensive tackle Chase Baker and cornerback Xavier Rhodes.
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