- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Ravens reporter
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Improbable hat trick: The Ravens came back to beat the Vikings by scoring three touchdowns in the final 2 minutes, 5 seconds. How unlikely was that? Consider this: The Ravens hadn't scored three touchdowns in an entire game since Week 3 (Sept. 22) and they reached the end zone a total of two times in their previous two games. Baltimore entered the game as the 25th-ranked scoring team, averaging 20.8 points per game. On Sunday, the Ravens scored 22 points in the fourth quarter alone.
Running it back: Jacoby Jones continues to create a spark as the Ravens' kickoff returner. His 77-yard return for a touchdown put the Ravens ahead 22-19 with 1:16 left in the game. It marked Jones' fifth career touchdown off a kickoff return and his fourth in two seasons with the Ravens, including the playoffs. Jones' five kickoff returns for touchdowns since 2009 are tied with Percy Harvin for the most in the NFL (regular season and playoffs), according to ESPN Stats & Information. After suffering a knee injury in the season opener, Jones has proved he's back to full strength. Over the past two games, Jones has averaged 42.7 yards on kickoff returns. He may have had a touchdown in his last game, but Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin stepped on the field and interfered with him. When Jones scored Sunday, he ran up the Ravens' sideline.
Lacking finishing touch: The Ravens' defense is among the league's best when it comes to the first three quarters. It's the fourth quarter that has been the problem. The inability to get the other offense off the field nearly cost the Ravens on Sunday, when the Vikings scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. In the past five games, the Ravens have allowed 54 points in the fourth quarter. Only three teams -- the Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings -- have allowed more in the fourth quarter during that span. It's a bizarre trend for a defense that has given up a total of 32 points in the first three quarters of those five games.
Perfect end zone target: The Ravens' best rookie is an undrafted one. Wide receiver Marlon Brown scored the game-winning touchdown when he caught a 9-yard pass in the back of the end zone with four seconds left in the game. Brown has not only been the Ravens' top red zone target, but he's also been No. 1 in the end zone. Joe Flacco is now 4-of-4 targeting Brown in the end zone this season, according to ESPN Stats & Information. No other Ravens receiver has more than three end zone receptions. Brown's six touchdowns this season are the second-most by a rookie in Ravens history and are one away from tying Torrey Smith's team record (he had seven in 2011). Not bad for a player who wasn't among the 28 wide receivers selected in the 2013 draft.
A review of four hot issues from the Baltimore Ravens' 29-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings:Improbable hat trick: The Ravens came back to beat the Vikings by scoring three touchdowns in the final 2 minutes, 5 seconds.