Quarterback: A-minus Despite being under nearly constant pressure and absorbing some big hits, Joe Flacco turned in a gun slinging, occasionally masterful performance in nearly pulling off an epic comeback victory. He displayed grit and composure in completing 28 of 43 passes for 385 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 109.2 rating.

One disclaimer: the Vikings were playing without top cornerback Antoine Winfield during the Ravens' comeback attempt.

Running back: A-minus
Playing against a stout, active front seven, Ray Rice's quickness was too much for the Vikings to contend with. He rushed for two touchdowns while gaining 77 yards on just 10 carries. He also caught 10 passes for 117 yards, including a 63-yard gain. The Ravens gave Willis McGahee seven carries, but he only gained three yards.

Receiver: C-plus
They did a decent job of exploiting some key injuries in the Vikings' secondary as Derrick Mason caught seven passes for 97 yards and one touchdown with Mark Clayton catching three passes for 57 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Todd Heap caught three passes for 51 yards.

Offensive line: C
Rookie offensive tackle Michael Oher had an extremely tough assignment as he was asked to block Vikings star defensive end Jared Allen. Although Allen was credited with one sack, four tackles for losses and two quarterback hits, Oher settled down in the second half. The Ravens didn't get enough push up the middle on the run for the majority of the game. The Williams Wall of Pat and Kevin Williams did what they wanted for the most part.

Defensive line: C-minus
They bunched up too much to contain Adrian Peterson, who rushed for 143 yards on 22 carries. And they gave Brett Favre way too much time to get comfortable in the pocket. Although he was sacked three times, he was only hit five times. Trevor Pryce and Dwan Edwards both recorded sacks.

Linebacker: C
They aren't tackling well enough, pursuit angles need to be improved and they're failing to keep outside containment. Ray Lewis was a step behind Adrian Peterson throughout the game. The Ravens need to get a lot more out of Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs. Tavares Gooden probably had his best game as a starter, registering eight tackles, including one for a loss.

Secondary: F
They were completely overmatched against Brett Favre, looking dazed and confused throughout this one. They hardly ever made a play on the ball as Favre completed 21 of 29 passes for 278 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 136.9 quarterback rating. They never stopped Sidney Rice, who caught six passes for 176 yards. And they failed to account for former Morgan State tight end Visanthe Shiancoe in the red zone as he caught a pair of touchdowns. It was very ugly.

Special teams: D-minus
This was the kind of clutch kick that former Ravens kicker Matt Stover would have probably converted. Instead, first-year kicker Steve Hauschka pushed a potential game-winning kick wide left as Baltimore lost. Chris Carr is really struggling as a returner with poor decisions and an apparent lack of confidence. It looks like Lardarius Webb is a keeper on kickoff returns and should probably assume punt return duties as well.

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