When the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots play, it’s usually the Ravens defense winning the game for them against the Patriots high scoring offense. In the playoffs last year, Baltimore won 28-13, even though they gave up 428 yards of offense and 320 through the air. New England was only 1-for-4 in the Red Zone and turned the ball over three times. Two interceptions by Tom Brady and a fumble lost by Stevan Ridley helped the opportunistic Ravens defense win the game.
Sunday, the two teams met looking to lock up their playoff spot. New England could clinch the AFC East with a win and Baltimore could clinch a playoff spot if they won after the Miami Dolphins lost. This game was the complete opposite of the playoff game from a year ago. Baltimore out-gained New England 358-300 and 237-158 through the air. It is not often that Tom Brady throws for under 200 yards and the Patriots blow a team out.
Baltimore threw three interceptions and lost a fumble, while the Patriots did not have a turnover. Even though the game was out of hand already, with New England up 27-7, Chandler Jones recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown to make the score 34-7. Just one minute and 19 seconds later, Tavon Wilson returned an interception 74 yards for a touchdown to put the Patriots up 41-7, which was the final score. Baltimore was only 1 for 3 in the red zone and their seven points was a low for the season.
New England came in with the 24th ranked defense in the league, but if they can continue to play at this level and allow Brady to be a game manager, they could find themselves back in the Super Bowl.