One of the things that has been talked about recently has been the Patriots defensive performance on third down.¬† Sunday they held the Ravens to 5-of-16 (31%) and the defense stopped Baltimore on their final five possessions of the game, three of which came during the overtime period.
Here‚Äôs a look at each of the¬†third down situations that took place for New England’s¬†defense against the Ravens Sunday.
1st HALF 3rd DOWN SITUATIONS:
1) 3rd & 10 ‚Äď Defense gives up a 15-yard catch and run to T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
2) 3rd & 9 ‚Äď They gave up a 17 yard gain to Baltimore Ravens tight end Todd Heap, who was matched up on Guyton.¬† Jermaine Cunningham was called for an offside penalty on the play, but it was declined.
3) 3rd & 9 ‚Äď They pick up 7 to Derrick Mason, Devin McCourty pushed him out of bounds just short.¬† That play led to a 26-yard field goal to put the Ravens up 3-0 early in the first quarter.
4) 3rd & 4 ‚Äď Mike Wright sacks Flacco and forces a punt.
5) 3rd & 11 ‚Äď Completed to Derrick Mason for 14-yards who had McCourty playing off of him.
6) 3rd & 13 ‚Äď False start on Michael Oher ‚Äď he was nervous about Cunningham who had success for much of the afternoon against him.¬† No play.
6) 3rd ¬†& 18 ‚Äď Flacco completes a short pass to Ed Dickson for 7-yards, brought down by Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich.
7) 3rd & 6 ‚Äď Flacco runs for what looked to be a first down after he reached out for it and ended up fumbling it forward after Kyle Arrington hit the ball with his foot, and Ray Rice recovered it.¬† Bill Belichick challenged the call, and the Ravens ended up with 4th & 1 and punted it away.
8) 3rd & 9 ‚Äď Flacco short pass to Ray rice for four yards, brought down by Guyton.
2nd HALF 3rd DOWN SITUATIONS:
9) 3rd & 4 ‚Äď 18-yard completion to Mason who was drilled by Brandon Meriweather.
10) 3rd & 4 ‚Äď Brandon Meriweather called for illegal contact on Boldin, which replay showed was a clean hit.¬† However it also showed that the penalty should have likely been called on Kyle Arrington.¬† No Play.
10) 3rd & 2 – Big hit by Patrick Chung on Mason for the incompletion. It forced the Ravens to have to settle for a field goal.
11) 3rd & 1 ‚Äď QB Sneak on Flacco ‚Äď the defense stuffed him and forced a punt.
12) 3rd & 6 ‚Äď Flacco throws incomplete to Ray Rice who got hit hard on the play.
OVERTIME¬†3rd DOWN SITUATIONS:
13) 3rd & 5 ‚Äď Flacco forced outside and throws incomplete to Anquan Boldin
14) 3rd & 1 ‚Äď Ravens rush up the middle by Le‚ÄôRon McClain for the first down
15) 3rd & 6 ‚Äď Flacco tried to go long up the sideline to Heap, but perfect coverage by Devin McCourty who leaped up and knocked it away.
16) 3rd & 19 ‚Äď A short 9-yard pickup on a pass from Flacco to Rice, Ravens forced to punt.
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