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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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Watch the moment Lamar Jackson told John Harbaugh to go for it on fourth down

Watch the moment Lamar Jackson told John Harbaugh to go for it on fourth down

With the game tied late in the third quarter and the Ravens facing a fourth-and-2 from the Seattle eight-yard line, Baltimore had a decision to make.

Initially, the Ravens sent out kicker Justin Tucker to attempt a chip-shot field goal. But as quarterback Lamar Jackson trotted off the sidelines, head coach John Harbaugh had a question for him.

"Do you want to go for that?" the head coach asked his second-year quarterback.

Jackson didn't hesitate. He responded enthusiastically, telling Harbaugh, "Hell yeah coach, let's go for it!'

He then turned to his teammates, asking them 'Do you want to go for it? Let's go!"

Baltimore called a timeout and dialed up a brilliant play-call on the decisive down. Lined up in a heavy, three tight end formation, Jackson took a direct snap eight yards, not just getting the first down but also finding the end zone to give the Ravens the lead.

The touchdown would put the Ravens ahead for good, as they left Seattle with an impressive, 30-16 road victory.

 At 5-2, Baltimore is sitting comfortably in first place in the AFC North, as they have a well-timed bye week before playing host to the undefeated Patriots in two weeks.

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Ravens defense slows down torrid Seahawks in convincing road win

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Ravens defense slows down torrid Seahawks in convincing road win

As Marlon Humphrey scooped up a fumble and ran into the end zone, his teammates followed closely behind to take a group picture. 

After all, they deserved it.

The Ravens defense held MVP-candidate Russell Wilson at bay for most of Sunday’s game in Seattle, and the offense was able to do enough for a 30-16 victory. 

“I felt like nobody really thought we could win,” Marlon Humphrey said. “I think there’s not been many games I felt like, really in my whole career, that no one really felt we could win.”

While Lamar Jackson stole the show, the Ravens defense played its best game of the season when the team needed it most

Marcus Peters, the team's newest addition, returned an interception for a touchdown in the second quarter, and capped with Humphrey’s scoop-and-score, the Ravens' defense nearly outscored the Seahawks offense by itself. 

“I’m just here to do my part, and my part is whatever they tell me to do,” Peters said. “If it’s to go run into a wall, I go run into a wall. I’m not here to complain about nothing, just keep doing my job.”

Wilson, who hadn’t thrown an interception all season before Peters’ pick, was held to 241 yards on 20-of-41 passing. He didn’t eclipse 200 yards until the outcome was no longer in doubt. Over the Seahawks' final five drives, they scored just three total points.

The Ravens’ in-season additions — Josh Bynes, L.J. Fort, Jihad Ward and Peters — played significant roles Sunday. 

Fort had an excellent open field tackle in the first quarter on Wilson, Bynes led the team in tackles with eight, Ward was in the rotation on defense and Peters had his pick six. 

“Those guys were good selections,” coach John Harbaugh said. “They were just good football choices by our personnel department, led by Eric. We were really stabilized by Josh Bynes and by L.J. Fort. They know how to play, they know how to play the position and they got us calmed down.”

The leader of the defense, however, and the one every Raven played for, was Earl Thomas.

In his return to Seattle, he was the vocal leader on a defense that slowed down one of the NFL’s best teams.

“I told him, ‘We’re going to win it for you,’” Lamar Jackson said. “‘I know you’ve been here years, this is your original home and we’ve got your back.’” 

Thomas didn’t register a ton on the statsheet, but his presence was certainly felt by the Ravens all week long. 

“All week, really, we kept saying, ‘We got you, Earl, we got you,’” Humphrey said. “Seahawks moved on from him, and I think everyone knew they felt like he didn’t have it anymore, that it wasn’t like a happy go-away. It was more like, ‘You don’t got it anymore, we don’t really want you.’ It’s just a game, but for Earl, it’s a little bit more.”

The Ravens defense has seemingly found its stride after a rocky patch against the Cardinals, Chiefs and Browns. 

Tougher opponents await, namely the Patriots after the bye week. But for now, the Ravens defense has nothing to hang its head about.

“For us to come in and get this victory, with Earl on our team, it was really big,” Humphrey said.

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