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Ravens safety Eric Weddle takes blame for Patriots' final touchdown

Ravens safety Eric Weddle takes blame for Patriots' final touchdown

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.

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“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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Ravens held a moment of silence in remembrance of George Floyd

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Ravens held a moment of silence in remembrance of George Floyd

The Ravens organization held a team-wide moment of silence on Thursday to in honor of George Floyd, whose funeral took place on Thursday as well.

According to a statement released by the team on Twitter, the moment of silence took place at 3:45 p.m. ET and lasted 8 minutes and 46 seconds. The timeframe was the same length as how long Minneapolis police office Derek Chauvin was recorded kneeling on Floyd's neck, restricting him of air and ultimately causing him to die.

The gesture by the team was in accordance with the NAACP and other organizations that deemed Floyd's funeral on Thursday as a "National Day of Mourning." 

Ravens fullback Pat Ricard shared a message head coach John Harbaugh had written to the team informing them of the moment of silence. Taking place through Zoom, Harbaugh hoped that players and their families would join in to honor Floyd.

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Shannon Sharpe says Drew Brees should retire after anthem comments

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Shannon Sharpe says Drew Brees should retire after anthem comments

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees drew criticism on Wednesday after saying he "will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country" when asked his thoughts about players kneeling during the national anthem. 

Several DMV athletes like Ed Reed and Mark Ingram shared their thoughts on Twitter. Many of Brees' teammates, such as Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara and Emmanuel Sanders, along with many others, all voiced their dismay and disappointment of Brees' comments.

Former Baltimore Ravens tight end and co-host of FS1's Undisputed, Shannon Sharpe, spoke about why he disagreed with the quarterback's comments, saying that Brees should hang up the cleats as a result.

"I don't know what Drew is gonna do, but he probably should just go ahead and retire now," Sharpe said. "It will never be the same.

"Take it from a guy who's been a leader in the locker room for a number of years," Sharpe continued. "At every step, I've been the leader in the locker room. What he said, they will never look at him the same. It wasn't what he said, it's how he said it. It was the fire. I will NEVER respect the man."

Brees issued a long apology on Instagram on Thursday. He wrote that he recognizes that he can be "part of the solution and can be a leader for the black community in this movement" and vowed to "fight for what's right."

But for Sharpe, Brees' apology doesn't make up for the quarterback's initial comments.

"Brees still just doesn't seem to get it. He issued an apology, but it's meaningless," Sharpe said. "The guys know that he spoke his heart the very first time around."

The Hall of Fame tight end also took issue with Brees making kneeling for the national anthem about disrespecting the flag, when that was never the purpose behind ex-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision to take a knee.

"Even after Colin Kaepernick told you what he was doing. Even after all of this, nobody mentioned the flag. He brought it up on his own," Sharpe said. "Drew, I don't know what you were thinking. I don't know what you hope to accomplish, but whatever you hope to accomplish, it failed miserably.

"Black people have been fighting for this country, even though they did not get the rights that the flag said," Sharpe continued. "The flag is supposed to mean something, it's supposed to mean everything. All people. Freedom. Liberties. But if a black man doesn't have the same freedom and liberty as the white, what good is the flag?"

Sharpe also expressed his disappointment that someone like Brees, who has spent the majority of his life playing football with a black men, to not understand the justice they are currently fighting for.

"What's made the black fight so hard is people like Drew Brees," Sharpe said. "If you can't get a guy that grew up with blacks in the locker room, from Peewee to high school to college to the NFL, to understand the black man's plight, who will? What about guys that are not around blacks on a daily basis?"

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