12:46 3d quarter: Patriots 13, Ravens 7 -- The Patriots forced another Ravens punt, getting Joe Flacco to throw two incomplete passes in a row and stuffing Ray Rice on a run up the middle.
Brandon Spikes came up with the tackle for a loss and Alfonzo Dennard had tight coverage (maybe too tight) on Torrey Smith on the sideline. In a case of what appeared to be miscommunication, Flacco misfired to Smith on 3rd-and-12.
15:00 3d quarter: Patriots 13, Ravens 7—The second half is now underway.
End of the 2d quarter: Patriots 13, Ravens 7—Stephen Gostkowski chipped in a 25-yard field goal as time expired in the first half after Tom Brady failed to call timeout with enough time to take another shot at the end zone.
Brady scrambled for a 3-yard gain just the play prior to Gostkowski’s field goal, and tried to get his teammates to the line of scrimmage to run another play as time was dwindling before he called the timeout.
At the half, Brady is 14 of 24 for 124 yards and a touchdown. Stevan Ridley has 13 carries for 46 yards. Aaron Hernandez has 7 catches for 67 yards.
2:43 2d quarter: Patriots 10, Ravens 7—Rob Ninkovich went right through left tackle Bryant McKinnie to take down Joe Flacco for a 4-yard sack on third down. It forced another three-and-out punt by the Ravens.
A couple of observations: The Patriots are sticking to their base defense more and more after the Aqib Talib injury. He’s on the bench, but he hasn’t returned to the game. Kyle Arrington has taken his place and has been matched up on Torrey Smith.
Chandler Jones, who was probable with an ankle injury, has only played a handful of snaps. We saw him on the goal line but Justin Francis took the start and has played a majority of the game.
4:18 2d quarter: Patriots 10, Ravens 7—Tom Brady threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Wes Welker on a quick out.
The Ravens appeared confused on their coverage of the play. Welker was wide open.
The drive allowed the Patriots to respond fairly quickly to the Ravens’ touchdown, spanning 11 plays, 79 yards, in 5:10.
Welker came up with another huge play on the drive, a 24-yard screen pass that he took into the red zone.
9:28 2d quarter: Ravens 7, Patriots 3 -- Ray Rice escaped to the outside, eluding a tackle from Patriots safety Patrick Chung, for a 2-yard touchdown as the Ravens took the lead in the second quarter.
Chung was shaken up on the play.
The Ravens marched down the field in 13 plays, 90 yards for the game’s first touchdown. Joe Flacco hit Torrey Smith for 25-yard pass and Dennis Pitta for a 17-yarder.
An update on Aqib Talib. He has a thigh injury and his return is questionable.
0:26 1st quarter: Patriots 3, Ravens 0 -- The Patriots went three-and-out. Tom Brady felt some strong pressure on first down, throwing it away, and then hit Aaron Hernandez for an 8-yard pass. On third down, he targeted Brandon Lloyd but the ball bounced off the receiver and was almost intercepted by Ravens LB Paul Kruger.
1:24 1st quarter: Patriots 3, Ravens 0—The Ravens got four more plays in and had to punt. Joe Flacco had tight end Dennis Pitta on a wheel route down the sideline, beating safety Steve Gregory, but overthrew him on third down. Wes Welker had a great punt return for 28 yards.
2:48 1st quarter: Patriots 3, Ravens 0—Another punt by the Patriots after Brandon Lloyd stumbled on a route and couldn’t recover to catch a third down pass from Tom Brady. Aaron Hernandez took a licking on the drive, catching an 8-yard pass before getting hit by Ray Lewis. Lewis was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play.
5:00 1st quarter: Patriots 3, Ravens 0—Patriots corner Aqib Talib went back to the locker room. It appears he had some sort of issue with his right hamstring.
5:00 1st quarter: Patriots 3, Ravens 0—Patriots corner Aqib Talib recorded a pass defensed and was in coverage on another deep pass to Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin as the Patriots forced another Baltimore punt.
6:21 1st quarter: Patriots 3, Ravens 0—Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 31-yard field goal to cap a 13-play, 67-yard drive. The Patriots tried to utilize their hurry-up offense again, but were unsuccessful in ripping off any lengthy quick snap runs. The Ravens were certainly on their toes. We already saw one new wrinkle in the Patriots’ play-calling, a reverse to receiver/tight end Aaron Hernandez. That went for 6 yards.
11:37 1st quarter: Patriots 0, Ravens 0—The Ravens were forced into a three-and-out after a failed screen pass to Ray Rice in the flat. We saw two runs and a pass from the Ravens. It’s already getting a little chippy on the field.Continued...