Tom Brady and Joe Flacco exchanged punches on Sunday night, each weathering the other's storm and looking for that elusive fatal blow. The New England Patriots wouldn't relent. Neither would the Baltimore Ravens.
This could only end in chaos.
Late in the fourth quarter, Flacco confidently led Baltimore down the field. His accuracy was incredible. A costly New England penalty made his accuracy that much more effective. Justin Tucker stepped forward to kick the game-winning field goal.
Tucker nearly blew it.
The ball flew over the right upright. It came so unbelievably close that a lengthy moment of celebration and confusion broke out on both sides amongst players and fans alike.
The kick wasn't reviewable. The Ravens escaped with a 31-30 victory.
Controversy was inevitable. With so much venom, angst and hype between these teams, it was bound to burst in a strange way.
The replacement referees didn't help the situation, especially with two tough coaches on either side and the entire country watching on television. It was like a Molotov cocktail.
Neither team played their best, but they played their hardest. It was a rough game with a rough ending.
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