Gridiron Gab Rapid Recap: Ravens Rally Around Smith to Top Patriots 31-30

The Pats will fly home Sunday night under .500 for the first time in nine years. It’s not because they didn’t have their chances to close out the Ravens in a rematch of last seasons AFC Title game.

With Tom Brady with the ball in his hands, the Pats had the ball on the Ravens 45 with a first down with 2:18 left up two. The next four plays covered minus 6 yards and took just 23 seconds.

The Pats punted, and that’s all the Ravens needed to snatch away a win from the Patriots to send them to 1-2 on the season. Joe Flacco, who outplayed Brady, took the Ravens from their 21 to the Pats 9, and Justin Tucker kicked a 27-yard field goal with no time left for the 31-30 win.

Brady went 28-for-41 for 335 with a touchdown and no picks and a QB rating of 101.2. He got New England to leads of 13-0, and in the fourth quarter they led 30-21 with just over 4 minutes left.

Flacco was just a little bit better, going 28-of-39 for 382 yards with three TD’s and a pick with a QB rating of 117.7. He made the big plays when needed, including a couple huge throws in the final drive with the Pats secondary scrambling.

The big issue is the Pats D, which allowed just over 500 yards to the Ravens offense. They simply couldn’t come up with a stop when needed, none bigger than at the end with a chance to win the game to get to 2-1.

The Ravens did play with heavy hearts for one of their players, as wide out Torry Smith‘s younger brother was killed early Sunday morning in a motorcycle accident.

The wide out rallied around his teammates, and not only played, but was very good for the Ravens, catching 6 balls for 127 yards with two touchdowns for the now 2-1 Ravens.

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