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Sunday, January 3, 2010
Revisiting past meeting with Ravens

By Mike Reiss

HOUSTON -- The Patriots will host the Ravens next Sunday at 1 p.m. (on CBS) in the wild-card round of the playoffs. It will mark the second time the teams have met this season, as the Patriots posted a 27-21 victory at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 4.

Some quick hits on that game:

1. That was the longest game of the season (3:26), officiated by a crew (Ron Winter) that traditionally is heavy on throwing flags.

2. The Ravens were driving for a possible go-ahead touchdown at the end of the game but Mark Clayton dropped a pass on fourth down that sealed their fate.

3. Quarterback Tom Brady finished 21 of 32 for 258 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.

4. The Patriots won the time of possession battle, 34:56 to 25:04.

5. The Ravens were stopped on a fourth-and-1 play earlier in the fourth quarter -- with linebacker Gary Guyton and safety Brandon McGowan stopping Willis McGahee for a run of no-gain -- which turned out to be a key play.

6. Linebacker Terrell Suggs' forced fumble that was recovered for a touchdown helped the Ravens get back in the game, closing to 17-14 in the third quarter.

7. The Ravens had averaged 34.3 points in their first three games, but were held to 21.

8. Touchdown runs by Brady (1 yard) and Sammy Morris (12 yards) provided a spark in the red zone for the Patriots.

9. Linebacker Eric Alexander forced a fumble on Chris Carr's opening kickoff return, and the Patriots recovered and turned it into a field goal.

10. The Patriots improved to 5-0 all-time against the Ravens.