Ravens Roll Past Stunned Patriots; Win 33-14 to Set Up Showdown with Colts

Two years ago the Pats were one Giants drive away from perfection. Sunday at home in the AFC Wild Card game against the Baltimore Ravens, they were about as far away as perfect as could be. The Patriots are one and done in the AFC playoffs, as the Ravens stunned them with 24-point first quarter points enroute to a 33-14 win to move on to round two next week against the AFC’s #1 seed, the Colts.

It was a stunning end to the season for New England, as they couldn’t stop the Ravens run game all day, and Tom Brady and the Pats offense was no match for the agressive Baltimore defense. Brady was 23 of 42 for 154 yards two touchdowns passing and three interceptions.

It was the Ravens run game though that set the tempo from the word go. Before many fans were even in their seats, Ray Rice burst up the middle for an 83-yard touchdown on the games first offensive play to give the Ravens a 7-0 lead. Then Brady was stripped by the Ravens Terrell Suggs on the Pats third offensive play, and it took Baltimore five plays to extend the lead to 14-0 as Le’Ron McClain went in from a yard out.

The Pats were already shell shocked, and it got worse from there. After a pair of three-and outs by each team, Brady was picked by Chirs Carr at the Pats 25. Another Rice TD six plays later gave Baltimore a 21-0 lead with 3:55 left in the first quarter. They would end the first 15 mintues with another pick, this time by Ed Reed that led to a field goal to make it 24-0 after the first quarter.

New England did get the only score of the second quarter when Julian Edelman caught the first of his two scores. Despite that, the Pats could never get back into the game, and the Ravens anytime they needed a tough yard on the ground were able to get it. They outran the Pats 234 to 64, and held New England to just 196 yards of total offense.

Joe Flacco only threw the ball 10 times, and was 4 for 10 for 34 yards with a pick and a QB rating of 10.0, but with Rice, Willis McGahee and McClain running over the Pats, none of that really mattered. The Pats were the only undefeated team at home in the AFC this year, but the Ravens, who are 7-2 in wild card games, played like they owned Gillette Stadium.

Brady was 7-0 in playoff games at Gillette. And they had won their last 11 home playoff games there and at Foxborough Stadium, since their last loss in 1978. And the Patriots had never lost to the Ravens, home or away, in their other five matchups. Until now.

New England will face plenty of offseason questions about issues on defense, as well as the decision last week to play Wes Welker, a main cog in the offensive passing game who was on crutches after getting hurt last Sunday in what ended up being a meaningless game in Houston.

The Ravens are one step away from the AFC Title game, where they fell short to Pittsburgh last season. Of course that last step is going to be a tough one, a meeting with Peyton Manning and the Colts, a team that lost just twice all season.

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One Response to “Ravens Roll Past Stunned Patriots; Win 33-14 to Set Up Showdown with Colts”

  1. Jack says:

    This win set up an unbelievably epic showdown in Indianapolis.