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Ravens Soar Past Patriots, 33-14 3

Posted on January 11, 2010 by Joe Gill

Ray Rice and the Ravens flexed their muscles versus the Patriots in the AFC Wild Card Playoff round.

This game was over before it really ever began. Ray Rice gashed the Patriots for an 83 yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage.

And before you finished your first beer, New England was down 24-0.

The Patriots knew the Ravens were going to run and couldn’t do a thing to stop them. Ray Rice put on a pro bowl performance with 159 yards and two touchdowns. Willis McGahee chipped in with 62 yards and a td of his own.

Baltimore rushed for 234 yards, but they only passed for 34 yards!

Why pass if you can run at will? Harbaugh had a great game plan and his team executed it to perfection.

The New England defense couldn’t stop anyone and their offense couldn’t do anything.

Brady had his worst game of the season. He only had 154 yards on 42 attempts. Brady connected with Julian Edelman for two scores but also had three interceptions. He was also strip sacked by Terrell Suggs and sacked two other times. The Patriots’ quarterback had no time to get comfortable in the pocket and it showed.

The running game was non existent and the Patriots could only muster 196 total yards.

If you can’t stop the opposition and you turnover the ball, you don’t win. Simple as that. All these factors contributed to the Patriots first home playoff loss since 1978.

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NFL Playoff Preview: Ravens At Patriots 2

Posted on January 07, 2010 by Joe Gill

With the loss of Wes Welker, Kevin Faulk will have to be a big contributor in the passing game.

Overview: The Patriots (#3 seed) and Ravens (#6 seed) will meet for the second time this season, but this time it’s for all the marbles in the Wild Card playoffs.

The Patriots are going to try to overcome the devastating injury to their offensive MVP, Wes Welker. Welker tore his ACL and MCL on a routine cut last week in Houston. He will be sidelined for at least six months.

The Ravens are trying to exceed their road success in the playoffs. Last year as the sixth seed, Baltimore beat Miami and Tennessee before succumbing to Pittsburgh, 23-14 in the AFC Championship.

The Ravens will try to pull the upset yet again on the road. They have their work cut out for them, however. New England is 8-0 at home this year and 10-0 in the playoffs since 1978.

Last Week: The Patriots (10-6) fell to the Texans 34-27 in Houston. In a meaningless game, Wes Welker was injured and lost for the year. To add insult to injury, the Patriots blew a 14 point fourth quarter lead to fall to 2-6 on the road.

The Ravens in essence played a playoff game last week versus Oakland. If they win, they are in and they did just that. Baltimore held off a pesky Raiders team, 21-13. The Ravens were led by the rushing attack of Willis McGahee (167 yards and 3 td’s) and Ray Rice (70 yards).

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Week 4 NFL Preview: Ravens at Patriots 3

Posted on October 02, 2009 by Dean Hybl

Willis McGahee and the Ravens will look to finish the deal against the Patriots in 2009 after falling just short in their last meeting in 2007.

Willis McGahee and the Ravens will look to finish the deal against the Patriots in 2009 after falling just short in their last meeting in 2007.

Overview: For the second straight week, the New England Patriots will be hosting a talented second year quarterback on an undefeated team. Last week they held Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons to only 10 points in a 26-10 win. They might have a little tougher time this time around against Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens.

Last Week: The Patriots looked good both offensively and defensively in the win over the Falcons. The running game finally showed some life as Fred Taylor rushed for 105 yards. Tom Brady was solid completing 25 of 42 passes for 277 yards and a touchdown as the Patriots controlled the ball for 40 minutes. The defense held Atlanta to 257 yards and 10 points.

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