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Best of Social Media: Week 14 Ravens vs Patriots

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For the first time in 2016, the New England Patriots were featured on Monday Night Football against the rival Baltimore Ravens who were coming off one of their most dominant games of the season versus the Miami Dolphins.

The Ravens top ranked defense was expected to be a serious test for the Patriots offense but during pregame quarterback Tom Brady showed zero fear.

Now a member of the ESPN broadcast team, former Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss received a lot of love in his return to Foxboro.

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With the game underway, it was the Patriots defense that got the team on the board first with its third safety of the season.

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker had a streak of 35 consecutive made field goals coming into Monday Night, that is until linebacker Shea McClellin timed this leap to perfection and deflected away a 35 yard attempt providing Patriots fans flashbacks to Jamie Collins a year ago. The score remained 2-0 Patriots early.

Running back LeGarrette Blount scored his Patriots single season record tying 14th rushing touchdown to put the team ahead 9-0 after one quarter of play.

They don’t call him “sweet feet” White for nothing.

The pass would set up rookie Malcolm Mitchell’s fourth touchdown catch of the season as Tom Brady continues to show trust in the young receiver. The Ravens defense was being carved up early.

For everything that went right for the Patriots in the first half, went wrong for Baltimore. Quarterback Joe Flacco struggled against the Patriots defense, including this interception to Devin McCourty.

Seeking an opportunity to put the game away before halftime, Tom Brady uncharacteristically was picked off in the end zone by Eric Weddle.

The Ravens would cash in with a field goal but the Patriots were comfortably ahead 16-3 at halftime.

The third quarter began with a bang for the Patriots, continuing where they left off in the second with this successful flea flicker.

The play setup this dime pass to Martellus Bennett on third down and it appeared the Patriots were going to turn this game into a rout.

A 23-3 Patriots lead midway through the third had just about everyone calling this game over, but football can be cruel sometimes.

Rookie Cyrus Jones, out to return kicks in place of the injured Danny Amendola, continued to struggle at the position after committing this huge mistake that gave the Ravens a short field and needed momentum.

 

The Ravens took over at the Patriots three yard line, and Flacco made Jones pay. 23-10 ballgame.

On the ensuing kickoff, special teams errors continued to torment the Patriots as the normally reliable Matthew Slater also fumbled the ball away giving the Ravens yet another short field, and Flacco again would coast to the end zone.

A 23-3 lead imploded into a 6 point as the Ravens found themselves only trailing 23-17 with five minutes to go in the third quarter.

Gillette Stadium, which had been loud most of the game, fell silent following the Ravens 17-0 run, that is until this…

Clinging to a six point lead, the Patriots defense held tough as the third quarter mercifully ended.

The Ravens tacked on another field goal to open up the fourth quarter closing the gap to three until Tom Brady did what he does best and found Chris Hogan for his longest touchdown and pass of the season. The Patriots pushed the lead back to ten at 30-20 with six minutes to go in the game.

Down 10 with five minutes to go, the Ravens were unable to move down the field quick enough as their lack of urgency cost them in the end and the Patriots held on for a 30-23 victory.

ESPN commentator John Gruden played English teacher with his new word to describe Tom Brady.

While also giving a shout out to Brady’s TB12 brand.

Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, who recorded just one tackle in the game, did his usual post game chirping as boos rained down.

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Posted Under: Patriots Photos
Tags: Chris Hogan Chris Long Cyrus Jones Devin McCourty Dont'a Hightower James White Joe Flacco Julian Edelman Justin Turner Kyle Van Noy LeGarrette Blount Malcolm Mitchell Martellus Bennett Randy Moss Rob Ninkovich Shea McClellin Terrell Suggs Tom Brady Vincent Valentine


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