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Ravens take revenge

24th September 2012, 06:28am

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Justin Tucker celebrates after his winning field goal

Justin Tucker celebrates after his winning field goal

A review of Sunday's action in the NFL as Baltimore beat New England in a rematch of the AFC Championship showdown.

Justin Tucker kicked a 27-yard field goal to give the Baltimore Ravens a 31-30 victory over the New England Patriots in a rematch of the AFC Championship game.

When the teams met in January, the Patriots squeezed out a three-point win at home to advance to the Super Bowl.

The game-winning kick followed a pass interference call against Devin McCourty on Jacoby Jones.

Torrey Smith, who was playing less than 24 hours after the death of his 19-year-old brother, had six catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns for the Ravens

Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville's second-year quarterback, combined with Cecil Shorts III for an 80-yard touchdown pass with 45 seconds remaining as the Jaguars took a 22-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

New coach Mike Mularkey picked up his first Jaguars win despite his side trailing 17-16 with under a minute left before Gabbert linked up with Shorts.

The New Orleans Saints remain winless since coach Sean Payton was suspended in connection with the NFL's bounty investigation as Ryan Succop kicked six field goals in a 27-24 win for the Kansas City Chiefs, including one to force overtime and the clinching score.

The Dallas Cowboys went 2-1 as Tony Romo finally had some short scoring drives in a 16-10 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Arizona Cardinals made their best start for 38 years as they went 3-0 with a 27-6 win over the Philadelphia Eagles which saw quarterback Michael Vick sacked five times.

Kevin Kolb starred against his former team, throwing for 222 yards and two touchdowns as James Sanders returned one of Vick's two first-half fumbles for a touchdown.

Matt Ryan threw touchdown passes to three different receivers and safety Thomas DeCoud had two interceptions and a fumble recovery as the Atlanta Falcons won 27-3 at the San Diego Chargers to remain undefeated.

Payton Manning failed for a second straight game to rouse the Denver Broncos in a 31-25 defeat to the Houston Texans who reached 3-0 for the first time in their 11-season history with Matt Schaub throwing for four touchdowns.

Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 43-yard field goal on the last play as the Oakland Raiders scored the final 13 points to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-31.

But there was bad news for the Raiders as wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was taken to hospital with a neck injury early in the fourth quarter after a helmet-to-helmet hit in the end zone with Steelers safety Ryan Munday that was not called a penalty.

The San Francisco 49ers fell to their first defeat of the NFL season with a 24-13 reverse at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings.

Christian Ponder threw two touchdown passes to Kyle Rudolph to hand Minnesota a 2-1 record this campaign.

The 49ers had started their NFC challenge with victories over Green Bay and Detroit, but found the Vikings too much to handle.

Chicago also boast a 2-1 record after they powered past the St Louis Rams 23-6.

The Bears were already in control when Major Wright returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Sam Bradford was sacked six times by the Bears defence.

The Cleveland Browns fell to a 3-0 record with a 24-14 loss against Buffalo.

Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three touchdown passes for the Bills, setting up CJ Spiller, TJ Graham and Stevie Johnson.

Both teams have 2-1 records following the result.

Blaine Gabbert was the hero for Jacksonville in a 22-17 win over Indianapolis.

Gabbert connected with Cecil Shorts III on an 80-yard touchdown pass with just 45 seconds remaining to steal some of the limelight from Jaguars team-mate Maurice Jones-Drew, who rushed for 177 yards.

Cincinnati have Andy Dalton to thank for their 38-31 win over Washington after he completed 19 of 27 passes for 328 yards and three touchdowns.

The Redskins had fought back from 24-7 down at the interval, but Dalton's display wrapped things up for the Bengals in the fourth quarter with Jermaine Gresham and Andrew Hawkins touching down.

Dan Bailey kicked three field goals to help the Dallas Cowboys see off Tampa Bay 16-10.

A 26-yard field goal from Rob Bironas in overtime saw Tennessee edge past Detroit 44-41, while Kansas City also needed an extra period of play to see off New Orleans 27-24.

Ryan Succop kicked six field goals for the Chiefs, including the decisive one from 31 yards in overtime.

The fixture between the New York Jets and Miami also went to overtime, with the Dolphins eventually succumbing 23-20.

It took a 33-yard field goal from Nick Folk with 6:04 left to separate the sides.

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