After the Patriots handed the Baltimore Ravens a 23-20 overtime loss, there’s a lot going on this morning, with several articles out of Baltimore who aren’t happy with the way this one turned out. So let’s get to the headlines.
Linebacker Terrell Suggs told reporters after the game yesterday that the Patriots had “better hope they don’t see us again,” likely referring to the possibility of playing them in the postseason. In his weekly appearance on WEEI Brady responded to his comments saying Suggs “had his chance”.
Dan Duggan of the Boston Herald has more quotes from the Ravens, who to no one’s surprise had plenty to say when this one was over.
Duggan also has the “best and worst” from yesterday’s game, looking at some of the top plays and worst performances that were turned in yesterday.
Dan Ventura of the Herald has an article on Danny Woohead, who has become a big factor for such a little man in the Patriots offense, gaining 115 total all-purpose yards yesterday.
Ron Borges of the Boston Herald has his take on the Patriots defense, who he feels had a breakthrough performance yesterday.
Christopher Gasper has an article on the offense, and feels that even without Randy Moss there’s plenty of life with Tom Brady at the helm.
Bob Ryan has a column this morning, and felt that yesterday’s game “had that old time feeling” and brought back memories from the ’03/’04 seasons.
Monique Walker has an article on New England’s defense, who she writes made some big hits during crunch time during Sunday’s win.
Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald writes that Belichick said the captains stepped up yesterday and set the example, and “Everybody else followed it.”
Rapoport also writes that their winning attitude lead to a big win yesterday, and that it’s a huge step forward for this football team.
Mark Farinella of the Attleboro Sun Chronicle writes it was, “Lights, camera, Deion” Sunday afternoon, with Deion Branch making his return to Foxboro yesterday. Branch finished with 9-catches for 98 yards and a touchdown, and was just happy to be back playing with the team that drafted him.
“Tom and I have been away for four years, and I honestly don’t feel like we missed a beat,” he said. “That just shows what type of a guy he is, what type of a player he is I truly feel like when we got the ball on that last drive, we knew we were going to go down and get some points and win this game.
“Playing with this guy, he makes you feel a little bit more than what you really are,” he added. “I give him so much credit because he deserves it true enough, I wish every receiver could get an opportunity to play with this guy. He’s amazing.”
Michael Vega of the Boston Globe also has an article on Branch, and says that everything just felt right during Branch’s first game as he enters his second tour of duty here in New England.
Karen Guregian of the Herald writes that the Brady/Branch reunion worked out well and their bond lead to a productive afternoon offensively.
Farinella also has an article on the Patriots special teams, with punter Zoltan Mesko coming up big in overtime with a huge punt that put the Ravens back inside their own 20-yard line.
The Boston Globe also has an article on the performance on special teams yesterday, pointing out that Gostkowski kicked his first ever overtime game winning kick.
Peter Gobis of the Chronicle writes that Brady “saved his best for last”, and won his 30th game when trailing in the fourth quarter.
Bill Burt of the Eagle Tribune writes that “Belichick apparently still has his fastball,” and hopes this silences the people who have said the game “has passed him by”.
Christopher Price of WEEI.com has “10 Things We Learned” from yesterday’s game, and it’s a great read – so be sure and check it out.
Jeff Howe of NESN has a look at the injuries from yesterday’s game, and writes that wide receiver Julian Edelman was spotted in the locker room after leaving the game with a head injury but didn’t talk to reporters. Edelman took quite a shot from Ray Lewis at the goal line that caused a drop, and didn’t return after leaving the field.
THE OTHER SIDE:
As promised, here are a few articles with the Ravens’ perspective:
Pereira: Meriweather’s shot on Heap a “cheap shot” – Baltimore Sun
Five Things We Learned in the Ravens’ 23-20 loss – Baltimore Sun
That’s it for this morning. Hope everyone’s Monday goes well and we’ll have more throughout the day.