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Ravens-Patriots: One Way Drought in Foxboro as Baltimore Beats New England

Old AccountSenior Writer IJanuary 10, 2010

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10:  Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates as he walks off of the field after their 33-14 win against the New England Patriots during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The road to the Super Bowl for the Baltimore Ravens began in Foxboro, to take on a Patriots team that has never lost at home in a playoff game during the Belicheck era.

However, that streak ended today as the Ravens defeated New England 33-14 in a game that was all Baltimore.

Two keys to the victory were the running attack showing up, along with the defense playing to form in years past.

The offensive attack was solely on the run, as the passing game only had 34 yards on four completions. The 221 yards rushing was led by Ray Rice, who on 22 carries had 159 yards and two touchdowns, one of them being the first play of the game.

Though the defense had them contained at a time in the second quarter, the dominance of the offensive line prevailed in this match up. It was very impressive to see the offense begin its explosiveness such so early in the game, and how they never looked back was a good sign to see in the rest of the playoffs.

The Ravens offense completed what they felt was needed to be accomplished in order to win, which was to run the ball down the Patriots throat and to create balance when needed.

Yet, the tipping of the hat must go to the Baltimore Ravens defense, which held this Patriots offense to only 14 total points, and under 200 yards total offense. Heading into the week, mounts of criticism was on the Ravens secondary, which has been depleted with injuries for the course of the year.

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All of the doubters were silenced after the performance. Dominique Foxworth has stepped up his game after struggling most of the season, and shut down Randy Moss single-handedly, as number 81 had five catches for 48 yards.

Chris Carr and Frank Walker, who were playing for jobs in 2010, certainly gained confidence by putting up their best effort of the season. Even though two touchdowns were allowed, there was only one penalty (illegal contact), along with no pass interference calls.

The overall group had three interceptions, the most for Brady in nearly three seasons. Ed Reed seemed like his own self with one interception, while Dawan Landry and Chris Carr had one each.

Harassment of Tom Brady was questioned coming in, amid the penalties that were believed to be in favor of Brady. That was not an issue today however, with mounts of pressure on number 12, which included three sacks.

The true colors on the Baltimore Ravens defense showed today. Ray Lewis, the heart and soul since the beginning of the franchise, seemed up to speed like he always has, with 13 tackles.

Terrell Suggs, who had a disappointed season after his off season payday, came to play as well.

The post season continues for Baltimore as they head to rival Indianapolis next Saturday night. They have not defeated Peyton Manning in recent memory, which will need to change in the run continues for Baltimore.

Certainly a statement was made today in the defeat of Tom Brady and Bill Belicheck in the postseason, and if this wasn't a momentum boost for this team, I sure don't know what is.

Matt Miselis is a Featured Columnist for the Baltimore Ravens on BleacherReport.com. Feel free to email him at miselism29@hotmail.com .

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