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Ravens defense steps up in fourth quarter

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Ravens defense steps up in fourth quarter

On paper, it wasnt perfect. The Ravens had problems on defense again. They gave 396 yards of total offense and 30 points as New England quarterback Tom Brady guided the Patriots to 33 first downs.
Brady moved the Patriots up and down the field, often with ease until the Ravens defense stiffened in the fourth quarter. Baltimore stopped New England on its final two drives and scored the games last 10 points to edge the Patriots, 31-30, in a wild game Sunday night.
The Patriots took a 30-21 lead when Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 20-yard field goal on the second play of the fourth quarter. That wrapped up a 13-play, 78-yard drive that ate up nearly six minutes. The Ravens then punted on their next possession, and New England appeared in control.
But the Patriots didnt do any more damage. The Ravens gave up two first downs on New Englands next possession and forced a punt while the Ravens scored on their last two possessions. Justin Tucker kicked a 27-yard field goal as time ran out to give the Ravens the win.
Coach John Harbaugh said the two defensive stops in the fourth quarter were huge and played a big role in the comeback.
Thats what they had to do to win the game, Harbaugh said. We were fighting like crazy. I am really proud of our defense for stepping up and getting those stops when they did.
The final New England drive proved the biggest test. A turned-over interception call plus an unsportsmanlinke conduct penalty gave the Pats a first-and-10 on the Baltimore 45. But Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe stopped Stevan Ridley for one yard. Ellerbe and Haloti Ngata then combined to sack Brady for a 7-yard loss, forcing third-and-16 from the New England 49.
The Ravens then got good coverage on third down and pressured Brady, forcing him to throw an incomplete pass. New England then had to punt, which set up the winning drive.
They're a good defense," New England quarterback Tom Brady said. "They play well at home, and we just didn't really take advantage of our opportunities."
Cornerback Lardarius Webb said the defense just needs to keep working and trying to get better, and hes still confident despite the struggles of the first three weeks.
I think we still have a great defense, Webb said. I think we still played like the Ravens. We just have to correct some things. We just have to keep practicing hard the way were doing, keep correcting the mistakes that were doing on the field, and just move on.

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.

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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.

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