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Ravens break Patriots' single-season NFL record for rushing yards

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Ravens break Patriots' single-season NFL record for rushing yards

While the New England Patriots fell to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday and failed to clinch a first-round playoff bye, the Baltimore Ravens added insult to injury.

During their Week 17 matchup vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Ravens broke the 1978 Patriots' NFL record for single-season rushing yards.

A nine-yard rush in the second quarter by running back Gus Edwards gave the Ravens 3,172 total yards on the ground this year, passing the '78 Pats' mark of 3,165.

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It's no surprise to see the 2019 Ravens atop the single-season rushing leaderboard. They're led by one of the most electric dual-threat quarterbacks in the league in Lamar Jackson, who entered Sunday's game with 1,206 rushing yards. Veteran RB Mark Ingram has thrived as well with 1,018 during his first year in Baltimore, while both Edwards and rookie Justice Hill have done their part in their supporting roles.

Thanks to that success with the ground game, the Ravens will have the No. 1 seed in the AFC for the playoffs.

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Ravens are very close to breaking one of Patriots' most impressive NFL records

Ravens are very close to breaking one of Patriots' most impressive NFL records

The Baltimore Ravens have one of the New England Patriots' most impressive NFL records in their sights, and there's a pretty decent chance they break it in Sunday's Week 17 matchup versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Ravens need 93 yards to break the Patriots' single-season record for rushing yards, which was set in 1978.

One bit of good news for the Patriots is the Ravens have nothing to play for in the regular season finale.

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Baltimore secured the No. 1 seed and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs with Sunday's win over the Cleveland Browns, and as a result, it's unlikely many of the team's starters will play much against the Steelers. It wouldn't make sense for Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson or starting running back Mark Ingram to get many (or any, honestly) snaps when the outcome of the game means nothing to Baltimore. The injury risk just isn't worth it.

That said, the Ravens are fully capable of tallying 93 yards without Jackson and Ingram. Baltimore leads the league with 204.9 rushing yards per game and 5.6 yards per carry. Backup running back Gus Edwards is averaging 5.2 yards per carry, and we know backup quarterback Robert Griffin III isn't afraid to escape the pocket and make plays in the open field.

The 1978 Patriots, specifically the team's offensive line and running backs, will always hold a special place in league history for its rushing prowess, even if the Ravens break the record Sunday.

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Tom Brady jokingly challenges Lamar Jackson to a unique race on Twitter

Tom Brady jokingly challenges Lamar Jackson to a unique race on Twitter

During Thursday night's game against the New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson made history. He broke Michael Vick's record for the most quarterback rushing yards in a season on an early-game run against the Jets defense.

In the wake of this historic moment, another historically-good quarterback took time to comment on Jackson's speed and running ability. But not in the way that many would think.

That's right, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady challenged Jackson to a race on Twitter.

Okay, so maybe it's not really a race. Or a challenge of any sort. Brady is just making fun of his own lacking speed while praising Jackson for his effort this season.

Still, the image of Jackson trying to race Brady on natural grass while on rollerblades is hilarious. But frankly, it's no guarantee that Brady would win that one given Jackson's unbelievable athletic ability.

That said, Jackson didn't seem to like his chances in the race, as captured postgame by ESPN.

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