Best and worst: Patriots 30, Ravens 23
A seeming strip sack by Trey Flowers was undone by Ed Hochuli ruling that the forward progress of Joe Flacco had been stopped. Turnover overturned, the Ravens punted it away.
With the Ravens backed up on their own goal line, the Patriots defensive line shifted to a five-man front which seemed to mess up the Ravens blocking assignments and led to Malcom Brown being left to be blocked by a fullback. That didn’t work out and a safety was the result.
BEST EARLY TANTRUM
Brady, after Julian Edelman slowed down on a third-and-20 bomb in the first quarter, went bananas punching the air then firing a towel on the sideline.
WORST LOSS OF 20
Shea McClellin tried to down a backwards bouncing punt in the first quarter, slid into it with his knee and sent the ball into the end zone for a touchback.
McClellin perfectly timed the snap on a Justin Tucker field goal attempt at the end of the ensuing drive and blocked in clean as a whistle with a hurdle over center.
A throw to the flat to fullback Kyle Juszcyzk turned into a 40-yard gain when Kyle Van Noy, Duron Harmon and Devin McCourty all missed tackles. With a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Malcolm Butler thrown in, it was a 55-yard play.
LeGarrette Blount capped the Patriots first touchdown drive of the night with a third-and-goal plunge from the 1 when it seemed there was very little room. His second effort moved the pile.
BIGGEST MISSED OPPORTUNITY
The Patriots somehow failed to cover wide receiver Breshad Perriman in the second quarter and Joe Flacco, noticing the gaffe, threw it to Perriman who wasn’t looking and had it glance off of him.
The Patriots executed an eight-play, 89-yard drive that was highlighted by a 61-yard catch-and-run from James White and capped by a 6-yard slant to Malcolm Mitchell to make it 16-0. Along the way, LeGarrette Blount rumbled through the middle of the Ravens top-ranked run defense.
ENTER JUMPBALL JOE
After the Patriots scored to make it 16-0 Joe Flacco threw deep down the middle of the field for Mike Wallace. He was sandwiched between Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty. McCourty came up with the pick but his 40-yard return by McCourty was wiped out as Wallace hot a fingertip on McCourty as he caught it and fell to the ground.
WORST MOMENTUM STRANGLER
On the doorstep of making it at least 19-0, Tom Brady threw a weird force toward Chris Hogan on third-and-goal that was easily intercepted late in the second quarter.
PRETTIEST DROP IN
Brady’s third down toss to Bennett on the Patriots first drive of the second half from 19 yards away that fell in over the shoulder of Baltimore linebacker Zachary Orr and was wrestled in by Bennett.
STRANGEST MOMENTUM SWING
Rookie Cyrus Jones, who’s been a one-man carnival on punt and kickoff returns this season, scurried too close to a bounding punt and had it glance off his foot setting Baltimore up for a two-play, 3-yard touchdown. On the ensuing kickoff, Matt Slater fumbled and the Ravens scored again to close to 23-16.