The Ravens went back to their old ways of running their offense, and it worked out Sunday.
Ray Rice had his most carries of the season as he ran the ball 20 times for 101 yards and a touchdown in the 31-30 victory against the Patriots.
"We just did what the defense gave us," said Rice, who had only 26 carries in the first two games combined. "They were in Cover 2. The linebackers were playing back in play action and we were using the run and pass."
The Ravens still used the no-huddle offense but were still in a rut from a week ago, when they lost 24-23 to the Philadelphia Eagles and failed to score a touchdown in the second half.
The first two plays were carries by Rice that netted just four yards as they went three-and-out.
On the next possession's first play, Joe Flacco was intercepted by Steve Gregory and three plays later the Patriots had a 10-0 lead.
After another three-and-out by Baltimore, a 49-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski would give New England it's largest lead at 13-0.
That's when the Ravens' offense picked up steam. Flacco drove his team 82 yards on 13 plays, but bfore he threw a 25-yard touchdown strike to Torrey Smith it was Rice's rushing that set the table.
Consecutive runs of six yards by Rice also led to Flacco finding Dennis Pitta for a 20-yard score and a brief 14-13 lead.
The run was setting up the pass again. On the first play of a drive with 7:29 left in the game, Rice had a 12-yard run as the Ravens would score on a 5-yard pass from Flacco to Smith to make it 30-28.
By the time Flacco stepped on the field for the final drive with 1:55 left to win the game, the Patriots were on their heels completely as he passed at will. Rice had just one run for one yard before Justin Tucker kicked the game-winning field goal from 27 yards as time expired.
"The defense gave us some things early. We felt them out and we started to execute," Rice said. "I've never worried about my touches. As long as we execute I think we're going to be tough to stop."