Ravens eek out win over Cardinals, 30-27

Boy, that was close.

Down 21 in the second quarter and 18 at halftime, the Ravens finally woke up from their six-quarter long nap.

Baltimore rattled off 24 unanswered points, capped off by a game-winning Billy Cundiff field goal, to overcome a sloppy first half and put away the one-win Cardinals 30-27.

Credit Ray Rice for putting up 99 total yards from scrimmage and recording his first career three-touchdown game. Credit Joe Flacco for bouncing back from a sloppy start and chipping away at the Cardinals 28th-ranked passing defense in the final 30 minutes. Credit Anquan Boldin for putting up a monster game (seven catches for 145 yards), including a huge third quarter in which he made five grabs for 117 yards.

Credit the defense as well; Terrell Suggs had a monster game with 13 tackles, a sack and numerous quarterback pressures, Paul Kruger had his first career two-sack game and the pass rush as a whole delivered six sacks and constant problems for Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb.

It was a total team effort ... it just all happened over the final two quarters of play.

Things weren’t so pretty in the first half, when Arizona jumped out to a 24-3 lead. Flacco and the offense again looked lost and allowed two turnovers deep in their own territory and the Ravens gave up an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown by Cardinals rookie Patrick Peterson.

But this was a different Ravens team after halftime.

Baltimore improves to 5-2 and will head to Pittsburgh next week to take on the Steelers. Back with more from the locker room in a bit.

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