MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Vikings lose in the last minute, again...
BALTIMORE -- (SportsNetwork.com) -- Sometimes pundits use the phrase, "whichever team finishes with the ball will win the game."
In Baltimore on Sunday, that phrase held true during a bizarre fourth quarter that saw a total of 42 points scored.
Marlon Brown caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco with four seconds left on the clock, capping a back-and-forth final two minutes and giving the Baltimore Ravens a dramatic 29-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Baltimore's third straight win helped them keep pace in the wild-card race with Miami, who held off the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. The Ravens hold the tie-breaker over the Dolphins because of a 26-23 win at Miami in Week 5.
The Ravens weathered a wintry storm that hit the northeast as well as everything Minnesota threw at them in the final quarter as John Harbaugh's club showed why they are the defending champions.
"Will we ever see a game like that again?" Harbaugh asked. "You got to credit both teams, credit to the Vikings. Leslie Frazier is doing a tremendous job coaching that football team."
Dennis Pitta caught a 1-yard touchdown pass with 2:07 to play in the game and Flacco hit Torrey Smith for a 2-point conversion as the Ravens (7-6) took a 15-12 advantage.
Minnesota wasted no time, scoring in just two plays. Matt Cassel hit Jerome Simpson for 27 yards on first down to the Baltimore 41, and Toby Gerhart broke numerous tackles as he rumbled up the middle on the following play to put Minnesota back up in front, 19-15, with 1:27 on the clock.
Blair Walsh pooched the ensuing kickoff to Jacoby Jones, who caught the short kick and raced 77 yards down the sideline to return serve with 1:16 to play.
Following two incompletions from Cassel, Cordarrelle Patterson caught a wide- receiver screen, followed a convoy of blockers and his speed did the rest as he scampered into the end zone for a 79-yard score.
ST. PAUL (SportsNetwork.com) -- Zach Parise potted a pair of goals and Josh Harding posted a season-high 37 saves, as the Minnesota Wild edged the San Jose Sharks, 3-1, on Sunday at Xcel Energy Center.
Mikko Koivu also lit the lamp for the Wild, who have won three of their last four games.
"We did a great job defending tonight," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "We were really sharp in our own zone. Against the rush, we were clear and decisive, picking out the right guys, sorting things out.
"But we just did an awful lot of that. That's why it's hard to get shots if you're defending as much as we were tonight."
Patrick Marleau scored the Sharks' lone goal, while Antti Niemi allowed two goals on 12 shots in the setback, which extended San Jose's losing streak to a season-high three games.
After a scoreless opening frame, the Sharks peppered Harding with 21 shots in the second period, but Minnesota notched the only two goals of the stanza despite managing just six shots.
Parise got the Wild on the board at the 3:55 mark when a long rebound off a left point blast from Marco Scandella ended up between the circles, where Parise backhanded it home for a 1-0 lead.
Sharks coach Todd McLellan thought the goal shouldn't have counted.
"I'll be looking for an explanation," McLellan said. "I don't know how the outcome of the game would've gone, who knows what happens if that's disallowed."