The first quarter was a complete "F" for the Pats, as in total failure, as in one of the worst quarters of football they played this season, as in all of a sudden that flawless record looked like the mirage so many accused it of being, earned at the expense of a weak-to-weak schedule. Do I think Lamar Jackson is capable of giving New England's outstanding defense a stiff test? But more importantly, he protected the football and made good decisions as Baltimore re-adjusted to the Patriots' adjustments.
Sanu hauled in his first touchdown with the Patriots on a 4-yard reception in the first half of the Patriots' game against the Ravens in Week 9. The Ravens went up 24-13 and gained back the momentum Baltimore craved. Rookie first-round pick Marquise Brown has been sidelined but is now healthy as the team comes off of their bye week. Four plays later, the Ravens faced a fourth-and-4 and head coach John Harbaugh, who's made the most fourth-down attempts in the National Football League this season, unsurprisingly went for it again. Brady, who went 30 for 46 for 285 yards, threw an interception with 12:47 left.
It was a quarter that ended with the Ravens up, 10-0, but on the strength of that second mistake, positioned them less than a minute from a 17-0 lead. Brown catches and runs for 16 yards after finding an opening in the Patriots' zones for a slant. Jackson started fast, and his 3-yard touchdown run capped a 75-yard drive.
"Nobody does it better than they do, and I thought our guys handled it really well, starting with the quarterback", Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.
Safety Devin McCourty credited the Ravens with forcing the Patriots' hand and dictating the game after getting rolling on the ground early.
There's no doubt what Julian Edelman means to the Patriots' offense, how much quarterback Tom Brady relies on his veteran receiver, and what that diminutive self-described "squirrel" is willing to put his body through to be on the football field. "I had a good quote that came to mind that someone told me, 'The past and the future are in the mind". Despite being 42 years old, he is fifth in passing with 2,251 yards this season.
"Losses always find a way to recalibrate how you see yourself", Brady said. For the first time all season, it looked like an AFC team might be able to knock them off in the playoffs.
The offense was sound, with the exception of the two turnovers.
Over the past few weeks, the Baltimore Ravens have been having offensive success without one of their most risky weapons on the field.