The Ravens top-ranked defense went up to Foxborough to face its biggest test of the season, and they limped away -- literally, in the case of Jimmy Smith -- after Tom Brady threw for 406 yards and three touchdowns in a 30-23 Patriots win.
It was vintage Brady, who exploited mismatches and made the Ravens pay dearly for critical mistakes.
We've already handed out report cards to the Ravens offense, and now it's time to grade the defense and special teams.
DEFENSIVE LINE: C+
Brandon Williams, who led the linemen with four tackles, blew up the Patriots pocket early in the game, but the Patriots had the ball for 10 minutes in the first quarter and that started to show as the game wore on
LaGarrette Blount finished with 72 yards on 18 carries, and the Patriots overall averaged 3.7 yards per rush.
Timmy Jernigan had his quietest game of the season.
Zach Orr continues to have a standout season. He had 11 tackles, including one on special teams. He has range to cover the field laterally and made a couple of impressive open-field, third-down stops to force punts.
The rush linebackers got a few hits on Brady but were not disruptive enough.
Brady made the Ravens pay when linebackers had to cover in space; running back James White, lined up wide against C.J. Mosley, turned a quick slant into a 61-yard gain.
Jimmy Smith did a good job containing Julian Edelman early, but as as happened before, when Smith left with an injury (ankle), things unraveled. Edelman finished with seven catches for 73 yards.
Jerraud Powers also had to leave (concussion protocol), which further thinned the secondary.
Eric Weddle had a team-high 11 tackles, a sack and an interception in the end zone to kill one Patriots drive, but he also had a disastrous mistake.
Weddle, who took responsibility for the play after the game, was either fooled by play action or cheated up anticipating a throw to Edelman. That left the middle of the field wide open after Chris Hogan ran past Matt Elam in the slot. Brady, as he will do, dropped the ball right into Hogan's arms for a 79-yard touchdown and a 30-20 lead.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C+
Justin Tucker's streak ended at 35 consecutive field goals after Shea McClellin hurdled long-snapper Morgan Cox to block a 34-yard try. Tucker again, though, was a huge part of the Ravens offense with three more field goals, including his ninth of the season from 50-plus. That is one shy of the NFL single-season record.
Tucker's onside kick attempt left something to be desired.
Devin Hester played a huge part in the game's first points, and not in a good way. After signaling for a fair catch, Hester let a punt bounce and the Patriots downed it at the 1-yard line. On the next play, Kenneth Dixon was stuffed for a safety. Given that Hester brings no value at any other position, he has done little to warrant a spot on the 53-man roster going forward.
Sam Koch was inconsistent but did average 48.2 yards on six punts, including a 65-yarder.
The Ravens special teams came up with two fumble recoveries, which led to both touchdowns. Undrafted rookie Patrick Onwuasor forced a fumble on a Patriots kickoff and has been one of the Ravens top special teams players since being promoted from the practice squad in October.