<
>

A first-half beatdown by the numbers

1/10/2010

The early beatdown the Baltimore Ravens have administered to the New England Patriots was epic.

The Ravens posted the first four scores, taking a 24-0 lead before the end of the first quarter. The Patriots managed to get into the end zone and trail by 17 points at halftime. Did I mention this game is taking place in Gillette Stadium?

ESPN Stats & Information broke out a few numbers to put this game in perspective.

  • The last time the Patriots were down by at least 24 points at the end of a first quarter was November 1979 against the Denver Broncos.

  • A Bill Belichick-coached team never has allowed 24 points in the first quarter, regular-season or playoffs.

  • The Patriots haven't allowed more than 20 points in a home playoff game since 1978, when the Houston Oilers beat them 31-14.

  • The Patriots were 8-0 at home this year. The most points they allowed in a game was 24 to the Buffalo Bills back on opening night.

  • The last team to lead 24-0 after one quarter of a playoff game? The 1999 Jacksonville Jaguars led the Miami Dolphins 24-0 and cruised to a 62-7 victory.

  • Something to consider: The worst home playoff loss in NFL history was 34 points, when the Minnesota Vikings beat the New Orleans Saints in 1987. Twenty-four points would be tied for eighth.

  • If the Patriots were to win, overcoming a 24-point deficit would tie the second-largest margin in postseason history. The Bills hold the record with a 32-point rally to beat the Oilers in 1992.