As the Baltimore Ravens moved into position to pull out a one-point win over the Patriots in New England, receiver Mark Clayton dropped a pass that would have given Baltimore a first down inside the Pats’ 10 in a game the Ravens trailed by six, 27-21.
And since the play came on fourth down with less than 30 seconds to play, all it took was one kneel down from the home team to nail down the win.
As a result, the Patriots have completed a two-pack of games against previously undefeated teams with victories, pushing their record to 3-1.
The Ravens, who fell to 3-1, outgained the Pats, 363 yards to 319. Ray Rice rushed for 103 yards on only 11 carries, and quarterback Joe Flacco completed 27 of 47 passes for 264 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.
For the Pats, quarterback Tom Brady completed 21 of 32 passes for 258 yards and a touchdown. Brady also added a touchdown on the ground, only the sixth of his career.
Receiver Randy Moss caught three passes for 50 yards and a score. In all, nine different players caught at least one of the 21 completions.