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January 17, 2013
Kevin Cowherd Patriots 30, Ravens 21 The Ravens go into this game with enormous confidence. But Tom Brady to Wes Welker is a tough combination to beat, especially at Gillette Stadium. And now the Pats actually have a running game with Stevan Ridley (1,263 yards rushing in the regular season) and Shane Vereen. The Ravens will need more than emotion from Ray Lewis' "last ride" to neutralize Vince Wilfork in the middle of the Patriots D-line, too. Edward Lee Patriots 24, Ravens 20 The Ravens are the only defense that has forced Tom Brady into more interceptions than touchdown passes, but the New England Patriots quarterback is 5-2 against the Ravens.
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By Matt Vensel | January 22, 2013
Every week, blogger Matt Vensel breaks down a critical play, sometimes with the help of Ravens players, from that week's game. This week he looks at Bernard Pollard's momentum-turning tackle on Stevan Ridley. The AFC championship game was already slipping away from the New England Patriots on Sunday after Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco found veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin in the end zone early in the fourth quarter. The Patriots still had plenty of time, though, when they began to inch back toward Ravens territory.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2012
Each week, Baltimore Sun reporters Aaron Wilson and Matt Vensel will look back at the Ravens' previous game and that of their next opponent. Here's a look at the Patriots' 20-18 loss to the Eagles. (For a look at the Ravens' game against Philadelphia, click here .) Cardinals 20, Patriots 18 Strategy: Offensively, the Patriots were pretty balanced until they fell behind by two scores early in the fourth quarter. They ran the ball fairly well with second-year running back Stevan Ridley and relied on a quick, short passing game to move the ball.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2013
For a big chunk of Sunday's AFC championship game, the New England Patriots dominated the 60 yards between their 20-yard line and the 20-yard line of the Ravens. The Patriots refused to let the Ravens flip field position in the first half and spent much of it entrenched in Ravens territory. But when the Patriots crossed that 20-yard line, the Ravens, as they have done all season, protected the red zone with a barricade of bodies. The Patriots scored just one touchdown on three red-zone trips in the first half and took a 13-7 lead into halftime.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2013
For a big chunk of Sunday's AFC championship game, the New England Patriots dominated the 60 yards between their 20-yard line and the 20-yard line of the Ravens. The Patriots refused to let the Ravens flip field position in the first half and spent much of it entrenched in Ravens territory. But when the Patriots crossed that 20-yard line, the Ravens, as they have done all season, protected the red zone with a barricade of bodies. The Patriots scored just one touchdown on three red-zone trips in the first half and took a 13-7 lead into halftime.
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By Matt Vensel | September 19, 2012
When the New England Patriots offense first took the field against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, they did so without their leading receiver from their previous five seasons. But Wes Welker wasn't injured. He stood on the sideline as Julian Edelman took his place as the team's starting wide receiver opposite Brandon Lloyd. The box score will show that Welker ended up playing 63 of the 82 offensive snaps and led the Patriots with 95 receiving yards on five catches. But he didn't enter the game until the team's second possession -- and not until after versatile tight end/slot receiver/running back Aaron Hernandez injured his ankle on a screen play.
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By Matt Vensel | January 21, 2013
He was a blur on the football field, hitting everything in sight. He was barking at everyone within earshot, too. And when he is playing his game by pounding his opponents, no Raven might exemplify physical football more. No, I'm not talking about Ray Lewis, who is the emotional tone-setter of a Ravens defense that has defeated future Hall of Famers Peyton Manning and Tom Brady and one of their leading heirs apparent, Andrew Luck. With all due respect to Lewis, again a tackling machine Sunday but obviously and understandably not the same punishing hitter he was in his prime, the physical tone-setter of this rejuvenated unit has become strong safety Bernard Pollard, one of the NFL's most feared hitters -- especially up north in New England.
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January 19, 2013
RAVENS PASSING GAME: Joe Flacco brings a hot hand and some past successes against the New England Patriots into his third AFC championship game. In his past three games against New England, Flacco has completed 70 percent of his passes and thrown for 973 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions. He's gone more than four games since his last interception, and he's averaged 20.4 yards per completion in the playoffs. The offensive line has led the resurgence, allowing just three sacks over the past four games.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2013
Having grown up in Annapolis, Bill Belichick remembers watching quarterback Johnny Unitas , one of the NFL's pioneers of the pass, drive the Baltimore Colts up and down the field with their version of the two-minute drill. At the time, no one did it quite like the man with the golden arm. Nearly four decades after Unitas retired, quarterback Tom Brady often forgoes a huddle, racing to the line of scrimmage to exploit reeling defenses. Some suggest his New England Patriots are pioneers of sorts with what they have done this season, but Belichick spikes that notion.
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Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2013
Ravens strong safety Bernard Pollard lived up to his intimidating reputation as one of the hardest hitters in the NFL, knocking New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley out of Sunday's AFC championship game with a devastating fourth-quarter tackle. During the Ravens' 28-13 AFC victory at Gillette Stadium, Ridley was down on the ground for several scary minutes before finally walking off the field under his own power. "Bernard, man, he's a hitter," Ravens free safety Ed Reed said.
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Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2013
Ravens strong safety Bernard Pollard lived up to his intimidating reputation as one of the hardest hitters in the NFL, knocking New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley out of Sunday's AFC championship game with a devastating fourth-quarter tackle. During the Ravens' 28-13 AFC victory at Gillette Stadium, Ridley was down on the ground for several scary minutes before finally walking off the field under his own power. "Bernard, man, he's a hitter," Ravens free safety Ed Reed said.
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By Matt Vensel | January 21, 2013
He was a blur on the football field, hitting everything in sight. He was barking at everyone within earshot, too. And when he is playing his game by pounding his opponents, no Raven might exemplify physical football more. No, I'm not talking about Ray Lewis, who is the emotional tone-setter of a Ravens defense that has defeated future Hall of Famers Peyton Manning and Tom Brady and one of their leading heirs apparent, Andrew Luck. With all due respect to Lewis, again a tackling machine Sunday but obviously and understandably not the same punishing hitter he was in his prime, the physical tone-setter of this rejuvenated unit has become strong safety Bernard Pollard, one of the NFL's most feared hitters -- especially up north in New England.
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January 19, 2013
RAVENS PASSING GAME: Joe Flacco brings a hot hand and some past successes against the New England Patriots into his third AFC championship game. In his past three games against New England, Flacco has completed 70 percent of his passes and thrown for 973 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions. He's gone more than four games since his last interception, and he's averaged 20.4 yards per completion in the playoffs. The offensive line has led the resurgence, allowing just three sacks over the past four games.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2013
Having grown up in Annapolis, Bill Belichick remembers watching quarterback Johnny Unitas , one of the NFL's pioneers of the pass, drive the Baltimore Colts up and down the field with their version of the two-minute drill. At the time, no one did it quite like the man with the golden arm. Nearly four decades after Unitas retired, quarterback Tom Brady often forgoes a huddle, racing to the line of scrimmage to exploit reeling defenses. Some suggest his New England Patriots are pioneers of sorts with what they have done this season, but Belichick spikes that notion.
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January 17, 2013
Kevin Cowherd Patriots 30, Ravens 21 The Ravens go into this game with enormous confidence. But Tom Brady to Wes Welker is a tough combination to beat, especially at Gillette Stadium. And now the Pats actually have a running game with Stevan Ridley (1,263 yards rushing in the regular season) and Shane Vereen. The Ravens will need more than emotion from Ray Lewis' "last ride" to neutralize Vince Wilfork in the middle of the Patriots D-line, too. Edward Lee Patriots 24, Ravens 20 The Ravens are the only defense that has forced Tom Brady into more interceptions than touchdown passes, but the New England Patriots quarterback is 5-2 against the Ravens.
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By Matt Vensel | September 19, 2012
When the New England Patriots offense first took the field against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, they did so without their leading receiver from their previous five seasons. But Wes Welker wasn't injured. He stood on the sideline as Julian Edelman took his place as the team's starting wide receiver opposite Brandon Lloyd. The box score will show that Welker ended up playing 63 of the 82 offensive snaps and led the Patriots with 95 receiving yards on five catches. But he didn't enter the game until the team's second possession -- and not until after versatile tight end/slot receiver/running back Aaron Hernandez injured his ankle on a screen play.
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By Matt Vensel | January 22, 2013
Every week, blogger Matt Vensel breaks down a critical play, sometimes with the help of Ravens players, from that week's game. This week he looks at Bernard Pollard's momentum-turning tackle on Stevan Ridley. The AFC championship game was already slipping away from the New England Patriots on Sunday after Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco found veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin in the end zone early in the fourth quarter. The Patriots still had plenty of time, though, when they began to inch back toward Ravens territory.
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By Edward Lee | January 22, 2012
The inactives list for Sunday's AFC championship game is out, and there were no shocking developments from the Ravens. Free safety Ed Reed, the team's lone injury concern, is active and expected to make his customary start. Reed had been listed as probable with a sore left ankle after upgrading from limited to full participation for Friday's practice. The Ravens deactivated linebackers Sergio Kindle and Josh Bynes, nose tackle Brandon McKinney, rookie cornerback Chykie Brown, rookie running back Anthony Allen, rookie wide receiver Tandon Doss and rookie guard Justin Boren.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2012
Each week, Baltimore Sun reporters Aaron Wilson and Matt Vensel will look back at the Ravens' previous game and that of their next opponent. Here's a look at the Patriots' 20-18 loss to the Eagles. (For a look at the Ravens' game against Philadelphia, click here .) Cardinals 20, Patriots 18 Strategy: Offensively, the Patriots were pretty balanced until they fell behind by two scores early in the fourth quarter. They ran the ball fairly well with second-year running back Stevan Ridley and relied on a quick, short passing game to move the ball.
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