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Ravens-Browns final score: Baltimore rallies for 23-21 win

Game-winning field goal set up with clutch throw from Joe Flacco to Steve Smith.

Jason Miller

Who are you going to call on to win a game in the final seconds?

Justin Tucker, of course.

Granted, 32 yards out and set up centered for the most part is as easy as good when it comes to the Ravens' young kicker. And of course, he came through without a problem, making his field goal try with no time remaining in the game to win. The win moves the Ravens to 2-1 and drops the Browns to 1-2.

While Tucker is the hero once again, it should be noted that the close kick doesn't take place if it's not for a clutch throw from Joe Flacco to Steve Smith late on the final drive of the game. Smith went streaking down the right sideline and Flacco delivered an on-the-money pass in between two Browns defensive backs.

The pass was good for 32 yards, Smith's longest reception of the day. The veteran 35-year-old receiver finished his day with five catches for 101 yards.

Flacco had an up-and-down day, but came through when it mattered most. His day ended with 217 yards, a touchdown and an interception, which was forced as he was hit while throwing the ball. There was plenty of balance on offense offered, at least, with Flacco attempting 31 passes to 33 rushes from the backfield.

Rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro was the star of the day in the Ravens' backfield, going for 91 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Justin Forsett added 63 yards on 11 carries.

The Ravens were down 21-17 before Tucker cut the lead to 21-20 with five minutes to go in the game. The defense tightened up down the stretch, forcing three three-and-outs and blocking a Billy Cundiff field goal attempt in the fourth quarter.

The Ravens will come back home to M&T Bank Stadium next week to take on Smith's former team, the Carolina Panthers.