Sunday, October 17, 2010
Wrap-up: Patriots 23, Ravens 20 OT
By James Walker
Here are some thoughts on the New England Patriots' overtime victory over the Baltimore Ravens.
What it means: The Patriots got revenge against Baltimore after losing to the Ravens in last year's wild-card game. New England (4-1) maintained its status as a legit contender in the AFC despite trading future Hall of Fame receiver Randy Moss. Baltimore (4-2) had its three-game winning streak snapped and now drops out of first place in the AFC North as the Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1) lead by a half of a game.
What I liked: Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco played very well in a big road game, throwing for 285 yards and two touchdowns. His two touchdown passes were to receiver Anquan Boldin and tight end Todd Heap, and Flacco's passer rating was 119.3. Baltimore receiver Derrick Mason also had his best game of the year, catching eight passes for 100 yards.
What I didn't like: Baltimore blew a 20-10 lead in the fourth quarter and allowed 13 straight points to New England. The offense stalled and the defense failed to make key stops as New England's offense warmed up late in the game. The Ravens are rarely blow leads late in the game, but the Patriots also deserve credit for showing a lot of heart to come from behind.
What's next: After a tough road contest, the Ravens will have a much easier matchup next week against the winless Buffalo Bills (0-5). Although this loss will sting Baltimore, the team has a very good chance to bounce back and enter its bye week 5-2, which is a solid start to the 2010 season.