NFL: Ravens hold off Steelers’ late rally for 22-20 victory
BALTIMORE — Justin Tucker kicked five field goals, and the Baltimore Ravens stopped a 2-point conversion with 1:03 left to survive a comeback bid by the Pittsburgh Steelers and escape with a 22-20 victory Thursday night.
After Pittsburgh scored on a 1-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Jerricho Cotchery to get within two points, Roethlisberger’s conversion pass slipped through the hands of Emmanuel Sanders, who was screened by Chykie Brown.
The victory provided the Ravens (6-6) with their first winning streak since September and pushed them ahead of the Steelers (5-7) and four other teams in the race for the final wild-card slot in the AFC. It also avenged a 19-16 loss to their division rivals last month.
Tucker connected on kicks of 43, 34, 38, 45 and 48 yards after Joe Flacco threw a first-quarter touchdown pass to Torrey Smith.
Cowboys back in first
ARLINGTON, Texas — Running back DeMarco Murray scored three touchdowns and the Dallas Cowboys erased a 14-point deficit to defeat the Oakland Raiders 31-24 on Thanksgiving afternoon at AT&T Stadium.
The Cowboys (7-5) won their second game in a row and moved back into sole possession of first place in the NFC East, at least for the time being. Philadelphia (6-5) gets its chance to pull back into first on Sunday.
Murray carried 17 times for a modest 63 yards, but his scores were significant as the Cowboys moved two games above .500 for the first time this season. The third-year pro had both of Dallas’ first-half touchdowns and the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (23-of-32 passing for 225 yards) wasn’t spectacular, but he took care of the ball and threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Dez Bryant. Backup running back Lance Dunbar rushed for 82 yards.
Oakland rookie quarterback Matt McGloin, making just his third career start, had the Raiders driving toward a potential tying touchdown in the fourth quarter. McGloin, though, made his second mistake of the game when a poorly thrown ball to wide receiver Jacoby Ford was intercepted in the end zone.
Lions blast Pack
DETROIT — The Detroit Lions didn’t need an opponent to call them dirty names to get riled up. It just seemed that way in their biggest victory over NFC North rival Green Bay in 40 years.
Packers guard Josh Sitton called Lions players and coaches dirtbags and other derogatory names during a radio interview earlier in the week. The Lions did all the talking once the game started.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford passed for 330 yards and three scores as the Lions overcame four turnovers and snapped a nine-game Thanksgiving Day losing streak by thumping the Packers 40-10 at Ford Field.
The Lions, who have committed 17 turnovers in the last five games, outgained the Packers 561-126 in total yards. Detroit ended a five-game losing streak to Green Bay and achieved its largest margin of victory over the Packers since a 34-0 win on Oct. 28, 1973.