Patriots–Ravens rivalry

The Patriots–Ravens rivalry is a National Football League (NFL) rivalry between the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens. Though the two franchises are in different divisions within the American Football Conference and did not start playing each other until the late 1990s, their rivalry is noted for competitiveness in the playoffs, especially in the late 2000s and early 2010s.

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History

The two teams first played each other in 1996, but the rivalry started in earnest in 2007 when the Ravens suffered a bitter 27–24 loss in the Patriots' quest for perfection. The rivalry began to escalate in 2009 when the Ravens lost to the Patriots 27–21 in a game that involved a confrontation between Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs. Both players would go on to take verbal shots at each other through the media after the game.[1] The Ravens defeated the Patriots in the 2009 AFC Wild Card playoff game, 33–14, marking the first time the Ravens had ever defeated the Patriots. The Ravens faced the Patriots in week six of the 2010 season. The Patriots ended up winning 23–20 in overtime; the game caused controversy from a hit to the helmet of tight end Todd Heap by Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather.[2]

The Ravens played the Patriots for the third consecutive season in the 2012 AFC championship game, which the Ravens lost 23–20.[3] The rivalry reached a new level of friction with this, the second career playoff game between the two clubs. The Ravens clawed to a 20–16 lead in the fourth quarter, but Patriots quarterback Tom Brady dove into the end zone to make the score 23–20 with around 11 minutes remaining; this proved to be the winning touchdown.[3] On the Ravens' last possession of the game, quarterback Joe Flacco threw a pass to wide receiver Lee Evans in the corner of the end zone that would have been the game-winning touchdown, but a last-second strip by Patriots corner Sterling Moore forced the ball from the hands of Evans, forcing the game to be decided on a last-minute field goal by Ravens placekicker Billy Cundiff.[3] With 11 seconds remaining on the clock, Cundiff missed the 32-yard field goal attempt, allowing the Patriots to kill the clock on their way to Super Bowl XLVI for a rematch with the New York Giants.[3]

The Ravens' first regular-season win over the Patriots came on September 23, 2012. The game was emotional as receiver Torrey Smith was competing following the death of his brother in a motorcycle accident just the night before.[4] Smith caught two touchdowns in a back and forth game; the Ravens erased a 13–0 deficit in the first half and led 14–13, but the Patriots scored at the end of the second quarter for a 20–14 lead. The lead changed twice in the third quarter and the Patriots led 30–21 in the fourth, but the Ravens scored on Smith's second touchdown catch. The Ravens were stopped on fourth down but the Patriots had to punt; in the final two minutes a pass interference penalty on Devin McCourty put the ball at the Patriots 7-yard line; new Ravens kicker Justin Tucker booted a 27-yard field goal on the final play; the ball sailed directly over the upright and was ruled good; the quality of officiating by replacement referees caused controversy as Bill Belichick angrily reached for one of the referees as they were leaving the field, leading to a $50,000 fine later that week.[5]

The two teams met again on January 20, 2013, in the AFC Championship, where the Ravens won 28–13.[6] The Patriots led at halftime, 13–7, but the Ravens defense gave up no points in the 2nd half.[6] It was the first time ever that Tom Brady lost a game at home after leading at halftime, and the first time a road team beat the Patriots in the AFC Championship.[6] This win propelled the Ravens to Super Bowl XLVII in which they beat the San Francisco 49ers for their second franchise Lombardi Trophy.

The two teams met once again in the playoffs on January 10, 2015 at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots trailed by as much as 14 twice, before beating the Ravens 35–31 to advance to the AFC Championship.[7]

Rivalry statistics

Patriots wins Ties Ravens wins Patriots points Ravens points
Regular season 8 0 1 269 169
Postseason 2 2 85 112
Total 10 0 3 354 281

Game results

In the last decade of match-ups (and in all the Flacco vs. Brady games), only 2 games have decided by more than 2 scores, a 2013 regular season 41–7 win for the Patriots and a 33–14 2010 NFL Wild Card Round win for the Ravens. The Patriots currently lead the series 10–3.[8]

Postseason Meeting Tie Overtime Result
Date Winner Result Loser Location Attendance Ravens QB Patriots QB
October 6, 1996 New England Patriots 46–38 Baltimore Ravens Memorial Stadium 63,569 Vinny Testaverde Drew Bledsoe
January 2, 2000 New England Patriots 20–3 Baltimore Ravens Foxboro Stadium 50,263 Tony Banks Drew Bledsoe
November 28, 2004 New England Patriots 20–3 Baltimore Ravens Gillette Stadium 68,756 Kyle Boller Tom Brady
December 3, 2007 New England Patriots 27–24 Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium 71,382 Kyle Boller Tom Brady
October 4, 2009 New England Patriots 23–20 Baltimore Ravens Gillette Stadium 68,756 Joe Flacco Tom Brady
January 10, 2010 Baltimore Ravens 33–14 New England Patriots Gillette Stadium 68,756 Joe Flacco Tom Brady
October 17, 2010 New England Patriots 23–20 Baltimore Ravens Gillette Stadium 68,756 Joe Flacco Tom Brady
January 22, 2012 New England Patriots 23–20 Baltimore Ravens Gillette Stadium 68,756 Joe Flacco Tom Brady
September 23, 2012 Baltimore Ravens 31–30 New England Patriots M&T Bank Stadium 71,269 Joe Flacco Tom Brady
January 20, 2013 Baltimore Ravens 28–13 New England Patriots Gillette Stadium 68,756 Joe Flacco Tom Brady
December 22, 2013 New England Patriots 41–7 Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium 71,269 Joe Flacco Tom Brady
January 10, 2015 New England Patriots 35–31 Baltimore Ravens Gillette Stadium 68,756 Joe Flacco Tom Brady
December 12, 2016 New England Patriots 30–23 Baltimore Ravens Gillette Stadium 66,829 Joe Flacco Tom Brady

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Tom Brady, Terrell Suggs Trash Talk After Game". The Huffington Post. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  2. ^ Ryan Hudson, Brandon Meriweather Says Hit On Todd Heap Was 'Split-Second Decision', SB Nation. Retrieved October 28, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d "2012 AFC Championship Game Rapid Reaction". ESPN. January 22, 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
  4. ^ Paolantonio, Sal (September 24, 2012). "Big game for emotional Torrey Smith". ESPN. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  5. ^ Shalise Manza Young (September 24, 2012). "Patriots lose heartbreaker to Ravens". The Boston Globe. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Golen, Jimmy (January 20, 2013). "Ravens Win AFC Championship Game, Hold Off Patriots in Rematch to Reach Super Bowl". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on January 24, 2013. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  7. ^ "Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots – Box Score – January 10, 2015". ESPN. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
  8. ^ "Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots Results". The Football Database. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
New England Patriots

The New England Patriots are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston area. The Patriots compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) East division. The team plays its home games at Gillette Stadium in the town of Foxborough, Massachusetts, which is located 21 miles (34 km) southwest of downtown Boston, Massachusetts and 20 miles (32 km) northeast of downtown Providence, Rhode Island. The Patriots are also headquartered at Gillette Stadium.

An original member of the American Football League (AFL), the Patriots joined the NFL in the 1970 merger of the two leagues. The team changed its name from the original Boston Patriots after relocating to Foxborough in 1971. The Patriots played their home games at Foxboro Stadium from 1971 to 2001, then moved to Gillette Stadium at the start of the 2002 season. The Patriots' rivalry with the New York Jets is considered one of the most bitter rivalries in the NFL.

Since the arrival of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady in 2000, the Patriots have since become one of the most successful teams in NFL history, claiming 16 AFC East titles as part of 18 consecutive winning seasons since 2001. The franchise has since set numerous notable records, including most wins in a ten-year period (126, in 2003–2012), an undefeated 16-game regular season in 2007, the longest winning streak consisting of regular season and playoff games in NFL history (a 21-game streak from October 2003 to October 2004), and the most consecutive division titles won by a team in NFL history (ten straight division titles from 2009 to 2018). The team owns the record for most Super Bowl appearances (nine) and wins (six) by a head coach–quarterback tandem, most Super Bowl appearances overall (eleven), tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl wins (six), and tied with the Denver Broncos for the most Super Bowl losses (five).

Tom Brady

Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. (born August 3, 1977) is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). Brady has played in nine Super Bowls, in which he won six of them, the most of any football player in NFL history. Due to his numerous accomplishments, records, and accolades, he is considered by many sports analysts to be the greatest quarterback of all time.After playing college football for the University of Michigan, Brady was drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, and went on to become the team's starting quarterback in his second season after a week 2 injury to Drew Bledsoe. Due to his late selection, Brady is considered the biggest "steal" in the history of the NFL Draft. Brady has been with the Patriots for 19 seasons, which is the NFL record for seasons quarterbacking for one team. In Brady's seventeen seasons as a starter, he has played in a record nine Super Bowls with the Patriots, and is one of only two quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl in their first season as a starter (the other being Kurt Warner). Brady holds most of the postseason quarterback records, leading all quarterbacks in postseason touchdowns, passing yards, and completions, while owning the corresponding Super Bowl records as well.

Brady has won four Super Bowl MVP awards (Super Bowl XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX, and LI), the most ever by a player, as well as three league MVP awards (2007, 2010, 2017); he is the oldest player to have received either award. Brady has also been selected to 14 Pro Bowls, which ties the NFL record for most selections. He has led his team to more division titles (16) than any other quarterback in NFL history. Brady is fourth all-time in career passing yards for regular season play, third in career touchdown passes, first in postseason career passing yards, first in postseason career passing touchdowns, fourth in career passer rating, and fourteenth in postseason career passer rating. For regular season and postseason combined, Brady is first all-time in career passing yards and touchdown passes. He is one of only two players (the other being Brett Favre) in NFL history to amass 70,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards.The only quarterback to reach 200 regular-season wins, Brady is the winningest quarterback in NFL history. With a postseason record of 30–10, he is first all-time in playoff wins and appearances for an NFL player. Brady has led the Patriots to an NFL-record eight consecutive AFC championship games since 2011 (thirteen overall), and has never had a losing season as a starting quarterback. He is tied for the record for the longest touchdown pass at 99 yards to Wes Welker.For his alleged involvement in the highly publicized Deflategate football-tampering scandal, Brady was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season. Brady and the Patriots won two of the next three Super Bowls, making him the record holder for most Super Bowl wins by a player, and the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl, at 41.

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