FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Ravens safety Eric Weddle took the blame for the 79-yard touchdown pass from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to Chris Hogan that helped seal the Patriots’ 30-23 victory Monday night.
Whoever was to blame, it was a huge coverage mistake by the Ravens. Hogan lined up in the slot against Ravens safety Matt Elam, and ran right past Elam. Weddle was caught too close to the line of scrimmage to help, and Hogan broke wide open. Tom Brady led Hogan in stride with a perfect pass, and the Patriots’ lead suddenly went from 23-20 to 30-20 with 6:18 left. It was a momentum swing from which the Ravens never recovered.
“That was me, I should be there,” Weddle said in the locker room. “I told everyone play action was coming and I move around so much that it hurt me on that play. It’s just unfortunate that you have a chance to win the game and you give them a play like that. It wasn’t so much them it was us. They played a phenomenal game, we fought we just didn’t get it done.”
Ravens coach John Harbaugh backed Weddle, saying it was not Elam’s fault.
“It wasn’t Matt Elam’s play to make, before we starting pointing fingers,” Harbaugh said.
But it was another case where Brady was one step ahead of the Ravens. Another example of why the Patriots (11-2) have the best record in the AFC, while the Ravens (7-6) are fighting for a playoff berth.
“He (Hogan) was just kind of, not the primary receiver on that play, but he saw what I saw and kind of adjusted his route,” said Brady, who completed 25 of 38 passes for 406 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. “It was a big play.”
That was an understatement.
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