1:00 PM ET, October 17, 2010
Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Four years after leaving the Patriots, Deion Branch felt like -- and played like -- he'd never been gone.New England reacquired Tom Brady's old reliable receiver five days after trading Randy Moss and, with less than a week of practice, Branch sparked a comeback from a 10-point deficit to a 23-20 overtime win Sunday over the Baltimore Ravens.
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• Stephen Gostkowski's game-winning 35-yard field goal was his first career overtime field goal attempt.
• The Patriots have now won four straight home overtime games dating back to 2001.
• Tom Brady has won 23 straight home starts, two shy of Brett Favre's NFL-merger record of 25 in a row from 1995-98.
• The Ravens are 0-6 all-time against the Patriots in the regular season.
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Linebacker Jerod Mayo led the Patriots with 18 tackles. Lewis had nine for the Ravens. ... Flacco set a Ravens franchise record for career yards passing with 7,985 in his 38th game, passing Kyle Boller, who had 7,846 in 53 games. ... New England is 6-0 against Baltimore in the regular season.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.2||5.4|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||1-3||2-5|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|FG||6:32||Billy Cundiff 26 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 15 plays, 81 yds, 8:32
|TD||0:29||Benjarvus Green-Ellis 2 Yard Run (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 66 yds, 3:08
|TD||11:53||Todd Heap 16 Yard Pass From Joe Flacco (Billy Cundiff Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 73 yds, 3:38
|TD||10:28||Anquan Boldin 25 Yard Pass From Joe Flacco (Billy Cundiff Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 36 yds, 1:19
|FG||6:44||Stephen Gostkowski 38 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 9 plays, 60 yds, 3:43
|FG||14:57||Billy Cundiff 25 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 13 plays, 84 yds, 6:47
|TD||11:08||Deion Branch 5 Yard Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 60 yds, 3:51
|FG||1:54||Stephen Gostkowski 24 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 13 plays, 80 yds, 6:50
|FG||2:00||Stephen Gostkowski 35 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 7 plays, 45 yds, 3:23
Ray Rice struggled to exploit a Patriots rush defense that ranked 30th in the NFL in yards per carry allowed on carries to the right side entering Sunday's game. New England's rush defense was allowing 7.67 yards per carry to the right side and could have had a long day if Baltimore would have taken advantage. However, of Ray Rice's 28 carries and 88 yards on the ground, just 4 rushes for 11 yards came over the right guard or toward the sideline.
Joe Flacco performed to a higher level in an area where he has not been very strong this season. Flacco entered the game ranked 29th in the NFL in passer rating on sideline throws and finished 13 of 16 for 155 yards and a touchdown to the edge on Sunday. Most of that might be the result of a New England secondary that ranks last in completion percentage allowed and 30th in the NFL in passer rating against on sideline throws in 2010.[+]
Joe Flacco, Passing to Sidelines - 2010 Season
While New England may have been adjusting for the first time without deep-threat Randy Moss on Sunday, Joe Flacco was nearly perfect on the deep ball for the Ravens. On passes of 10 yards or more downfield, Flacco carved up a young Patriots secondary that has struggled to find itself to begin this season.[+]
Joe Flacco Passing, 10 Yards or More - 2010 Season
The Patriots struggled all day with the pass defense. However, they achieved moderate success when sending three pass rushers against Joe Flacco, holding him to 81 yards and one throw downfield of 18 yards.[+]
Joe Flacco, Passing vs Patriots Defense - Sunday vs Ravens
Brady was only 3-10 for 34 yards on 3rd down, and failed to record a 3rd down completion inside the numbers for the first time since Week 1 of 2008 (Brady's first-quarter knee injury against the Chiefs). Patriots receiver Wes Welker was a nonfactor on 3rd down, as Brady was 0-4 with an interception targeting Welker. The last time Welker failed to register a catch on 3rd down was Week 1 of 2009 against Buffalo.
Brady continued to have success with a personnel grouping involving 2 wide receivers and two tight ends with a single running back on the field. This technique worked due to the large variety of targets Brady used-a total of 8 different receivers.[+]
Tom Brady Passing, 1 RB/2 WR/2 TE
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady didn't have the success throwing inside the numbers he had enjoyed in his first four games. While the absence of Randy Moss will likely be blamed for Brady's struggle; however, when Brandon Tate lined up outside the numbers, Brady had his usual level of success. Tate's presence had the same effect Moss' did, opening up the middle of the field for the rest of Brady's receivers, but the Patriots just didn't use him as often.[+]
Tom Brady Passing Inside Numbers - Sunday vs Ravens
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady enjoyed his first game back with old friend Deion Branch, connecting with Branch on 9 of the 12 passes thrown his way in the game. Brady only completed 56.2 percent of his passes to the rest of his receivers, and Branch's 2 catches on 3rd down were a team high, including his 5-yard touchdown catch in the 4th quarter.[+]
Tom Brady, Passing Outside Numbers - Sunday vs Ravens
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