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Third-quarter notes: Ravens 14, Patriots 13

Posted By Christopher Price On January 20, 2013 @ 8:59 pm In General | 1 Comment

FOXBORO — The third quarter is done at Gillette Stadium, and the Ravens hold a 14-13 lead. Here are a few quick notes:

•The Patriots started their first drive of the second half with their worst field position of the night — their own 9-yard line. A 24-yard connection from Tom Brady to Wes Welker was amplified by a personal foul on Bernard Pollard for a post-completion hit on the receiver. That got the Patriots to the Baltimore 36-yard line, but a Welker drop on third down — it would have been good for a first down if he had caught the ball — forced a New England punt.

•The Ravens took advantage and had their best drive of the quarter on the ensuing possession — that’s when Joe Flacco really turned it up, going down field with a 22-yarder to Dennis Pitta and adding a 15-yarder to Ray Rice. The Ravens took the lead on a five-yard pass from Flacco to Pitta (one play after Pitta was absolutely crushed by linebacker Jerod Mayo on a reception) to make it 14-13 with 6:14 left in the third quarter. It was an impressive 10-play, 87-yard drive for the Ravens, who appeared (at least for that drive) to move away from a reliance on the deep ball for more underneath stuff. Regardless, the two scoring drives for Baltimore went 90 and 87 yards.

•The Ravens were knocking on the door at the end of the third quarter, thanks to another nice sequence that started in earnest with a 23-yard completion from Flacco to Torrey Smith — at Alfonzo Dennard‘s expense — that got Baltimore into New England territory. Bernard Pierce picked up 11 yards on a third-down run, and the Ravens were into the Patriots’ red zone.

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