Patriots Upset Ravens 23-17 in Rain-Soaked “Sunday Night Football” Matchup
Baltimore battled New England's defense as well as extreme weather in the loss
The Patriots got help from the wind and rain at their home stadium during an upset win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.
Playing in a persistent 15 mph wind that gusted higher than that and blew the rain that was falling sideways at times, the Patriots ran the ball constantly and only asked quarterback Cam Newton to throw sparingly as New England was able to knock off Baltimore 23-17.
The Patriots rushed for 173 yards in the win, including a four-yard TD run by Newton, and deployed wide receiver Jakobi Meyers in a trick play that resulted in the former NC State quarterback throwing a 24-yard touchdown pass to running back Rex Burkhead in the second quarter. Burkhead also caught a touchdown pass from Newton in the win.
For the Ravens, quarterback Lamar Jackson was 24-of-34 for 249 yards and had two touchdowns, but was limited to just 11 rushes for 55 yards on the ground.
Jackson and the Baltimore offense did have the ball in the game’s final moments with a chance to tie or take the lead, but the rain made it nearly impossible and the Patriots were able to hold on for the win.
Damien Harris, who ran for 121 yards on 22 carries for New England, talked about the weather following the win.
“This is my first real New England game where the weather is crazy,” Harris said. “The weather was great. This is one I’ll definitely remember for a long time.”
With the win, the Patriots moved to 4-5 on the season and are still alive for the final playoff spot in the AFC. The Ravens fall to 6-3 and will have their work cut out for them if they are going to catch the undefeated Steelers in the AFC North.
“We’re ticked off. Nobody likes losing,” Jackson said following the loss. “We have a lot of talent on our team. We’ve got to regroup.”
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