Even though just a few believed in their win, the hosts put up an excellent performance, restoring not only their morale but the playoff chances as well. All the action took place in the second and third period, with the opening one and the final being dominated by the defenses.
Those who watch saw five consecutive punts in the final period, before Baltimore’s downs with two seconds to go. With 1:04 to go, the guests got the football, but Lamar Jackson didn’t have the magic as Kyler Murray, and DeAndre Hopkins did earlier this Sunday.
Lamar was 24-for-34 for 249 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception, adding 55 rushing yards on 11 caries. Once mentioning the running game, the Patriots were much better in this aspect of the play, which is a bit of surprise. They recorded 173 yards while Ravens had 115, with Gus Edwards yielding 42 and JK Dobbins adding 13. Mark Ingram had 5.
Baltimore took the lead through Wilie Snead six seconds into the second period, but Rex Burkhead levels the score shortly after. Ravens scored an FG, yet the hosts went to a break with the lead, following Burkhead’s second TD catch of the game. This one was from Jakobi Meyers, with the Pats making a trick play that saw their receiver throwing a 24-yard score toss.
Cam Newton carried the football into the endzone early inside the second half, and Nick Folk’s 20-yard field goal gave the Pats a two-possession lead. The Ravens threatened through Snead with his second TD of the match, but that was it.
Super Cam threw for 118 yards and one TD, Meyers threw that one TD pass and had 59 receiving yards, while Damien Harris had an exquisite night with 121 yards in 22 rushes. He was the silent hero of the Patriots.
With four wins and five losses, they are back in the playoff picture, with solid chances of reaching that seventh spot in the AFC. Belichick and the company visit the Houston Texans next week, and after that, host the Arizona Cardinals at Gillette Stadium.
Ravens (6-3) have ferocious matches coming up, the first against the Titans, who are in a desperate situation and have to chase the win, and following that event, visit the Pittsburgh Steelers.