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New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis

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Mike DussaultSenior Analyst IDecember 22, 2013

The 11-4 New England Patriots defeated the 8-7 Baltimore Ravens in a key AFC matchup by an impressive 41-7. The win kept New England in the second-overall seed in the AFC. 

The game was closer than the score might indicate, with New England tacking on two late scores to skew their total. But the Patriots closed out the win with a strong touchdown drive, their best all-around performance of the season.

The teams traded three-and-outs on their first possessions, but a pass interference call on Jimmy Smith set the Patriots up on the Raven's 1-yard line. LeGarrette Blount would take it in for the 7-0 lead.

Logan Ryan would intercept Joe Flacco on the next Ravens possession to set up a second Patriots touchdown drive. Tom Brady would find Shane Vereen for a four-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead.

The Patriots would add a field goal to their lead after another three-and-out by the Ravens. Joe Flacco looked sloppy early, possibly affected by the bulky knee brace he had to wear.

That would close out the scoring in the first half as both teams played sloppy down the stretch, killing any momentum either team was able to generate.

Logan Ryan picked up his second interception of the game in the third quarter, and the Pats would get a 42-yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal out of it, extending their lead to 20-0.

The Ravens would finally get on the board in the fourth quarter with a 90-yard touchdown drive that Joe Flacco capped with a quarterback sneak.

But the Patriots offense prevented any potential comeback with an impressive touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter to seal the game, 27-7.

Chandler Jones would recover a fumbled snap to tack on another touchdown late in the game. And Tavon Wilson would follow his lead with a 74-yard pick-six to extend the lead to 41-7.

It was the Patriots most-impressive win of the season, and one that showed they're truly a Super Bowl contender in an unpredictable AFC. 

 

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