The 2012 Baltimore Ravens just seem to love playing games close and flirting with the possibility of defeat. For what is now the fourth week in a row, the game came down to the final possession, as the Ravens let the Dallas Cowboys stay in the game right down to the end.
That end came with a missed field goal, this time not one from a Ravens kicker. Instead, Dan Bailey was wide left on a 51-yard field goal with only six seconds remaining in the game.
The missed field goal preserved an uglier-than-ugly 31-29 victory as the Ravens won their 14th consecutive home game and improved to 5-1 on the season. Losses by both the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers this week have now given the Ravens a comfortable two-game lead in the division. Given the recent style of play, it's one that they are likely going to need.
Is it sustainable for a team to play like this and yet still keep racking up wins? Conventional wisdom would say "no," yet the Ravens have now won four straight games by a touchdown or less. Usually, better teams will find a way to win—even if it takes weaknesses being exposed during the course of the game.
For now, the Ravens have very little time to celebrate this win, as they must prepare for a huge clash with the undefeated Houston Texans. Before looking ahead to that game, let's take a look at some of the highs and lows from Sunday's game.