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NFL: Ravens 31, Patriots 30

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New England took a 13-0 lead before the Ravens got their initial first down. Then, after Baltimore went up 14-13, Brady engineered a frantic touchdown drive at the end of the first half to put the Patriots back in front.

Welker, who came in with only eight catches in two games, played a key role for New England in the opening minutes. He recovered a fumble by Brady on the Patriots’ second play, and on New England’s second series Welker broke loose on the left sideline for a 59-yard completion that set up a 37-yard field goal.

At a glance

Patriots-Ravens Stats

New England 13 7 7 3 — 30

Baltimore 0 14 7 10 — 31

First Quarter

NE » FG Gostkowski 37, 7:48.

NE » Bolden 2 run (Gostkowski kick), 7:09.

NE » FG Gostkowski 49, :38.

Second Quarter

Bal » T.Smith 25 pass from Flacco (Tucker kick), 9:45.

Bal » Pitta 20 pass from Flacco (Tucker kick), 1:47.

NE » Edelman 7 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), :02.

Third Quarter

Bal » Rice 7 run (Tucker kick), 11:36.

NE » Woodhead 3 run (Gostkowski kick), 6:48.

Fourth Quarter

NE » FG Gostkowski 20, 14:10.

Bal » T.Smith 5 pass from Flacco (Tucker kick), 4:01.

Bal » FG Tucker 27, :00.

Attendance » 71,269.

NE Bal

First downs 33 28

Total Net Yards 396 503

Rushes-yards 34-77 26-121

Passing 319 382

Punt Returns 1-11 2-19

Kickoff Returns 1-24 4-81

Interceptions Ret. 1-36 0-0

Comp-Att-Int 28-41-0 28-39-1

Sacked-Yards Lost 2-16 0-0

Punts 4-43.0 3-45.3

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0

Penalties-yards 10-83 14-135

Time of Possession 31:03 28:57

Individual Statistics

Rushing » New England, Ridley 13-37, Woodhead 15-34, Brady 2-7, Bolden 2-4, Edelman 2-(minus 5). Baltimore, Rice 20-101, Pierce 4-17, Flacco 2-3.

Passing » New England, Brady 28-41-0-335. Baltimore, Flacco 28-39-1-382.

Receiving » New England, Lloyd 9-108, Welker 8-142, Edelman 4-28, Gronkowski 2-21, Branch 2-11, Winslow 1-12, Woodhead 1-9, Hoomanawanui 1-4. Baltimore, T.Smith 6-127, Pitta 5-50, Rice 5-49, Boldin 4-48, J.Jones 3-86, Leach 2-7, Dickson 2-5, Pierce 1-10.

Missed Field Goals » None.

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The long pass to Welker pushed Brady into 12th place on the career yardage list, past Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana (40,551).

On the first play following the kickoff, Steve Gregory intercepted a pass by Flacco and took it 36 yards to the Baltimore 6. On third down, rookie Brandon Bolden ran in from the 2 for his first NFL touchdown.

Late in the first quarter, Gostkowski kicked a 49-yard field goal for a 13-0 lead.

After two three-and-outs and an interception, Flacco found his rhythm the fourth time he got the ball.

Flacco moved the Ravens 82 yards in 13 plays in a drive culminated by a 25-yard touchdown pass to Smith. Then, after a New England punt, Baltimore covered 92 yards in eight plays. The capper was a 20-yard TD pass to tight end Dennis Pitta, who hurdled Gregory inside the 10 before completing his romp into the end zone.

Brady answered with a touchdown pass of his own, a 7-yarder to Julian Edelman with 2 seconds left to cap an 81-yard, beat-the-clock march.

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