MINNEAPOLIS – As great as Brett Favre was Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings quarterback was pretty sure it wasn’t enough.
So sure that the Vikings were headed to their first defeat of the season, Favre couldn’t even bear to watch as Baltimore kicker Steve Hauschka lined up for a 44-yard field goal with 2 seconds to play.
Yet thanks to Favre, receiver Sidney Rice and a whole lot of luck, the Vikings are 6-0.
Favre’s 58-yard completion to Rice set up Ryan Longwell’s fourth field goal, and Hauschka’s kick was wide left at the final whistle, allowing the Vikings to remain undefeated, 33-31.
“I hate to say that I was not real confident because I’m confident in our team, period,” said Favre, who completed 21 of 29 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns. “But offensively, they probably just felt like we could do whatever.”
The game turned from blowout to nail-biter in a sensational final period, with the Ravens erasing a 17-point deficit with 10 minutes to play.
Joe Flacco threw for 385 yards and two touchdowns for the Ravens (3-3), who scored twice on drives that totaled 56 seconds to take a 31-30 lead with 3:37 to go.
But Hauschka pushed his field goal try, and the Ravens’ once-impenetrable defense has shown plenty of cracks during their three-game losing streak.
“It’s tough for me,” Hauschka said. “I feel like I let them down. That’s something I have to live with.”
The Ravens let veteran kicker Matt Stover go last week and he was picked up by Indianapolis.
“We didn’t lose that game because of Hauschka’s miss,” said Ravens running back Ray Rice, who had 117 yards receiving, 77 yards rushing and two touchdowns. “If we start fast and put points on the board, our defense starts fast, I think the game is a totally different outcome. But that’s what happens when you play against great teams.”