FOXBOROUGH -- Tom Brady threw two interceptions and Stevan Ridley had a crucial fumble down the stretch as the Patriots were upset by the Baltimore Ravens, 28-13, in the AFC championship. The Ravens will move on to play the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. Brady finished 29 of 54 for 320 yards and a touchdown along with the two picks. He had a 62.3 quarterback rating.
1:06 4th quarter: Ravens 28, Patriots 13—Tom Brady was picked off in the end zone by Cary Williams, sealing what is now an inevitable win by the Baltimore Ravens.
2:11 4th quarter: Ravens 28, Patriots 13—When the Patriots defense needed to get off the field quickly, it did—once. But not on this series. The Ravens picked up two first downs running the ball before the Patriots forced a punt. But in doing so, they burned all three of their timeouts.
6:49 4th quarter: Ravens 28, Patriots 12—A Tom Brady pass was tipped by Pernell McPhee and intercepted by Dannell Ellerbe.
The Ravens now have an opportunity to wipe minutes off the clock and keep the game out of the Patriots’ reach.
This is a crushing play.
7:34 4th quarter: Ravens 28, Patriots 13—The Patriots forced the Ravens into a three-and-out, with Rob Ninkovich coming up with two big plays on the series. He sacked Joe Flacco for a 1-yard loss and hurried him on third down into a bad pass.
The Patriots still have hope. They need a touchdown ASAP.
8:27 4th quarter: Ravens 28, Patriots 13—After a promising drive, the Patriots turned the ball over on downs after Tom Brady couldn’t find an open receiver on fourth down. He had open field to run, but chose to throw it over the middle of the field where it was out of reach for Deion Branch. This could be the failed drive that killed the Patriots’ Super Bowl hopes.
10:34 4th quarter: Ravens 28, Patriots 13—Stevan Ridley has a head injury, according to the Patriots, and his return is questionable. He likely has a concussion.
11:13 4th quarter: Ravens 28, Patriots 13—Anquan Boldin beat Patriots corner Marquice Cole soundly up the seam and caught an 11-yard touchdown pass as the Ravens capitalized on the Stevan Ridley fumble.
Ridley went to the locker room. We’ll have an update as soon as we know something concrete.
12:46 4th quarter: Ravens 21, Patriots 13—Ravens safety Bernard Pollard gave a crushing hit to Patriots running back Stevan Ridley, knocking him out cold and forcing what appeared to be a fumble. After review, the play was upheld as a fumble and was recovered by Arthur Jones. It was a scary moment for Ridley, who ended up walking off the field under his own power.
Pollard, if you recall, knocked out Tom Brady in 2008. He was also the closest guy on the field when Wes Welker went down with an ACL injury and took out Rob Gronkowski last season. He did so for three different teams.
14:56 4th quarter: Ravens 21, Patriots 13 -- Joe Flacco hit Anquan Boldin over the middle of the field for a 3-yard touchdown. Boldin grabbed the football over the top of Patriots safety Devin McCourty, who was matched up with Boldin in one-on-one coverage.
The touchdown capped a 10-play, 63-yard drive and put the Patriots down by more than a touchdown.
End of the 3d quarter: Ravens 14, Patriots 13 -- The Ravens, when leading after three quarters, are 107-11 since the year 2000. Since 2008, they’re 49-9 when leading at the beginning of the fourth quarter. In 2012, they were 8-2 going into the fourth quarter with a lead.
4:46 3d quarter: Ravens 14, Patriots 13 -- A holding call on Nate Solder killed the Patriots’ latest drive. On 3rd-and-12, Tom Brady threw behind Aaron Hernandez, forcing a Patriots punt.
Zoltan Mesko now has five punts on the game.
6:14 3d quarter: Ravens 14, Patriots 13—Dennis Pitta put a nice little shimmy on Patriots safety Steve Gregory to get open for a 5-yard touchdown reception as the Ravens re-took the lead.
Joe Flacco led the Ravens on a 10-play, 87-yard drive down the field, going no-huddle toward the end.
He completed three passes to Pitta for 32 yards. A play prior to the touchdown, he hit Pitta for another 5-yard gain. Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo crushed Pitta on the reception, but it didn’t seem to faze the tight end.
10:03 3d quarter: Patriots 13, Ravens 7 -- Wes Welker dropped a third down pass that hit him in his hands and his face mask as the Patriots were forced to punt in Ravens territory.
Zoltan Mesko’s punt went 21 yards, just to give you an idea of how short a punt it was. And it was one of Welker’s more egregious drops this season.Continued...