Vikings - Ravens: 5 reasons for the outcome

1. In an impressive 30-23 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller delivered three touchdown passes, increasing his chances of being retained as the starter in 2004. He threw the game-winning touchdown to wide receiver Derrick Mason in the fourth quarter.

2. Mason broke Michael Jackson's all-time single-season receptions record with his 77th reception in the first half. He finished with a season-high nine receptions for 103 yards.

3. The Ravens' defense bent, but never completely broke down despite an onslaught of spirals from veteran quarterback Brad Johnson. He threw two touchdown passes and posted a 144.8 passer rating in the first half. They limited Minnesota to 42 rushing yards.

4. Rookie wide receiver Mark Clayton caught a 47-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, the longest scoring play of the season. He finished with five catches for 90 yards.

5. Veteran kicker Matt Stover converted three field goals, booting kicks from 37, 38 and 19 yards.

In addition to being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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