Posts Tagged ‘New England Patriots

19
Oct
10

Ravens Blow Lead, Lose To Pats

By Jesse Jones

New England wanted revenge on Baltimore after the embarrassing 33-14 Ravens’ win in New England last year in the playoffs.  Sunday, they did just that.

The Baltimore Ravens scored first with a Billy Cundiff field goal, but gave up a BenJarvus Green-Ellis touchdown at the end of the first quarter to fall behind 7-3.  Flacco answered quickly with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Todd Heap, and took their 10-7 lead into halftime.  Baltimore came out in the third quarter and scored another touchdown, this one from Flacco to Boldin, and increased their lead to 17-7.  After a Stephen Gostowski field goal the Ravens were up 17-10 at the end of the third.  In the fourth, the whole game changed.  Baltimore became very conservative on both sides of the ball, and it showed as they only managed to produce three more points the rest of the game.  Tom Brady and the offense started to click, and tied the game up at 20 with just under two minutes left thanks to a touchdown reception by Deion Branch and another Gostowski field goal.  Flacco and the offense would do nothing to try and win the game, as they settled for screen passes and did not attempt to go down the field.

The game would ultimately go into overtime.

In OT, Baltimore’s offense continued to do nothing and not take advantage of the defense stopped the Patriots.  Late in overtime, the Patriots started to click again and won the game 23-20 off a 35-yard field goal.  New England improved to 4-1 and Baltimore fell to 4-2.

This was the Patriots first game without Randy Moss, and Deion Branch’s first game back.  Branch did most of his work in the fourth quarter, and finished the game with 9 receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown.  Tom Brady with a passer rating of only 69.5 thanks to two interceptions and 17 incompletions, but that didn’t stop him from throwing for 292 yards and taking over the game late.

Joe Flacco and the Ravens’ offense looked very impressive all through the game until the beginning of the fourth quarter.  Flacco finished the game 27-35 for 285 yards and 2 touchdowns, and a passer rating of 119.3.  Ray Rice rushed the ball 28 times for 88 yards.  Derrick Mason had 8 catches for 100 yards, and Boldin had 4 catches for 63 yards and a touchdown.

The Baltimore defense held their own until the late fourth quarter collapse, as they forced two interceptions and held the Pats to only 10 points through 3 quarters.

The turning point of the game came in the fourth quarter when Baltimore settled for a field goal instead of a touchdown.  Derrick Mason had his hands on the ball in the end zone, but thanks partially to a hit by Patrick Chung, Mason dropped the ball.  The touchdown would have put the Ravens up 24-10, and could have sealed the game.  Instead, Baltimore lost 23-20.

11
Jan
10

Undefeated No More

Ray Rice Celebrates After 1 Of His 2 Touchdowns

By Jesse Jones

The New England Patriots were undefeated at home all season, and Tom Brady was undefeated lifetime at home in the playoffs (8-0).  They were also undefeated against the opposing Baltimore Ravens, which includes a win earlier this season in week 4.  However, the Baltimore Ravens were 2-1 on the road in the playoffs under coach John Harbaugh and weren’t buying any of the talk heading into the game.

It proved to be the right thing.

On the very first play from scrimmage, Ray Rice broke off an 83 yard touchdown run.  On the Patriots next drive, Terrell Suggs stripped Tom Brady and recovered the fumble, which led to a Le’Ron McClain touchdown.  The Ravens closed out the quarter with a Ray Rice touchdown and a Billy Cundiff field goal to put them up 24-0.

The second quarter showed only one score, a touchdown catch by Julian Edleman.  The Ravens cooled off that quarter, scoring no points and turning the ball over twice.

In the third quarter, Billy Cundiff hit another field goal and Edleman caught another touchdown, bringing the score to 27-14.

In the fourth quarter, Willis McGahee ran it in for a touchdown.  After a Gostkowski missed field goal, the Ravens ran out most of the clock.  And on a day where Tom Brady threw 3 interceptions and had 1 fumble, it was fitting that the last play of the Patriots’ season was a Tom Brady sack.

The game only saw 10 passes from Joe Flacco, who is playing banged up.  He only completed 4 and had one interception, but he had 2 big completions in the fourth for first downs.  Plus, there was no reason to throw.  Ray Rice and Willis McGahee ran all over the Patriots for 234 yards.

The defense played great, forcing 4 turnovers and shutting down Randy Moss until the meaningless minutes in the game.  Tom Brady, the comeback player of the year, had a passer rating of 49.1.

Next Saturday night at 8 PM the Ravens travel to the former Baltimore team, the Colts.  This will be another rematch, as the Colts escaped Baltimore with a 17-15 win in Baltimore.  This meeting hopes to have a different outcome in favor of the Ravens.




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