Never Count Anybody Out
Along with some mighty unpredictable weather, we also witnessed some insanely unpredictable last-minute comeback football during week fourteen. Going into the game, the Ravens looked like the outright favorite, better passing game, better defense and perhaps even better special teams, however the Vikings proved to be a force to be reckoned with on the road. After a defensive contest for most of the game, the Vikings grabbed the lead in the 4th with a Jerome Simpson 8-yard TD catch with 14:22 remaining that put the Vikes up 12-7. For 12 minutes after that, it was a game of stagnant football, nobody scored. Many fans even left M&T Bank Stadium, however what they would soon miss would change football history forever. In the last 2:05 minutes of the game, starting with a Dennis Pitta 1-yard TD pass from Joe Flacco, both teams would end up scoring 5 total touchdowns in the last 2:05 in the game. When the game seemed inevitably won, both teams would pull out miracles which included Jacoby Jones’s 77-yard kickoff return TD and Cordarrelle Patterson’s 79-yard TD catch and run. The lead in the 4th quarter alone changed six times, 5 of them coming in the last 2:05 minutes of the game. To say that this game was magnificent would be an understatement. Perhaps Joe Flacco and maybe even Matt Cassel personally asked Mariam-Webster to try and get the word “quit” out of the dictionary. Even when victory seemed bleak and unattainable, both of these teams showed that you should never count anybody out in the NFL. If there is one thing that we know from this game or the San Francisco-Seattle game, you can never take your lead for granted in the NFL, never ease up on the gas pedal until you see the clock hit 00.00 with the game firmly in your hands.