Smith overcomes family tragedy to lead Ravens to last-play success

Hours after his younger brother’s death in a motorcycle accident, Torrey Smith caught six passes for 127 yards and scored two touchdowns to spark Baltimore to a last-play 31-30 NFL win over New England.

The Ravens receiver wiped away tears moments before the game began after a moment of silence for his 19-year-old brother, Tevin Jones, who died in an early morning crash.

“It means a lot to me. It means a lot to my family as well,” Smith said. “That was for my little brother.

“I almost didn’t play. I thank everybody for all the support, my teammates and friends. My high school coach is taking care of my mum. Everyone is showing a lot of love.”

The Baltimore crowd stood and stomped every time Smith touched the ball, from when he first knocked a sure-interception out of Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty’s hands through his second touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Twice the fans started chants of “Tor-rey, Tor-rey,”

Smith caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to pull Baltimore to within 30-28 with four minutes to play. He had caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Flacco in the second quarter for the Ravens’ first points.

After a New England punt, a pass interference penalty on the Patriots’ set up Justin Tucker’s game-winning 27-yard field goal on the final play, giving the Ravens their first regular-season victory over New England in seven tries.

The Patriots and Ravens met for the first time since last season’s playoff semi-final showdown last January, which New England won 23-20 to reach the Super Bowl after Baltimore missed a field goal in the final seconds.

This time, Baltimore got the field goal on coach John Harbaugh’s 50th birthday and dropped the Patriots to 1-2 for the first time since 2001 and below 0.500 at any point in the season for the first time in nine years.

Arizona’s Kevin Kolb made Philadelphia pay for trading him to the Cardinals last year, completing 17-of-24 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-6 home rout of the previously unbeaten Eagles.

Atlanta’s Matt Ryan completed 30-of-40 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns to power the Falcons over previously unbeaten host San Diego 27-3.

Houston’s Matt Schaub completed 17-of-30 passes for 290 yards and four touchdowns to give Texas a 31-25 victory at Denver.

Peyton Manning completed half of his 52 passes, his 26 misfires the most in his NFL career, for 330 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns in a losing cause.

San Francisco missed a chance to start 3-0 for the first time since 1998 with a 24-13 loss at Minnesota.

Ryan Succop kicked the last of his six field goals 8:33 into over-time to give Kansas City a 27-24 victory at New Orleans. The Chiefs scored the game’s last 21 points to leave the Saints and Cleveland the NFL’s only winless teams. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees completed a touchdown pass in his 46th consecutive game, one shy of the NFL record held by Johnny Unitas.

Tennessee edged Detroit 44-41 on a 26-yard over-time field goal by Rob Bironas while Nick Folk’s over-time kick gave the New York Jets a 23-20 victory over Miami.

In other games on Sunday, Cincinnati beat Washington 38-31, Oakland edged Pittsburgh 34-31, Jacksonville downed Indianapolis 22-17, Dallas defeated Tampa Bay 16-10, Chicago routed St. Louis 23-6 and Buffalo beat Cleveland 24-14.

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