Torrey Smith wasn’t fazed by a defensive back all over him in the end zone. He reached out his left arm and hauled in a one-handed touchdown catch, his second of the night, for the kind of performance that makes you think of Brett Favre the night the night his father died and Michael Jordan’s flu game.
It’s not quite on the same level of those virtuoso performances, but it sure isn’t far off. The Maryland graduate now has six receptions for 127 yards and two touchdowns on the same day his little brother died.
Smith’s latest was a massive one, trimming the Patriots’ lead to 30-28 with less than four minutes remaining.
The Ravens’ decision to go for it on fourth-and-1 the previous drive rather than try a 50-yard field goal just might come back to bury them tonight. But if they do win, Smith’s performance is at the middle of it.
Update: Flacco zoomed the Ravens down the field with less than two minutes to go, converting three straight passes for 44 yards to get to the Patriots’ 35.
Three plays later, Devin McCourty was flagged 27 yards for pass interference on a ball Jacoby Jones would’ve caught for first-and-goal.
And Justin Tucker then booted it through from 27 yards out as time expired for a 31-30 Ravens win. Wow. Tucker barely made it, just over the upright and the crowd is in a tizzy, a frenzy, simply nutso.
Fine finish for the Ravens and a huge Sunday night win over the Patriots.