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Bernard Pollard strikes again, Ravens up 28-13

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Ravens safety Bernard Pollard has caused a lot of pain to members of the Patriots over the years and he doled out another big hit in the fourth quarter on Sunday.

Pollard laid out Patriots running back Stevan Ridley, who appeared to be out on his feet before fumbling the ball on his way to the turf. Ridley returned to the locker room, likely to be evaluated for a concussion that would put him alongside Tom Brady, Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski on the list of Patriots knocked out of games by Pollard.

It looked like Ridley might have been down before the ball came out, but referee Bill Leavy ruled otherwise after the replay and the Ravens took possession of the ball just a few plays after an Anquan Boldin touchdown put them up 21-13.

And it led to another Boldin touchdown just a few plays later. It’s the third touchdown pass of the game for Joe Flacco, who has completed 11 of his last 12 passes, and the Ravens have scored 21 straight points to grab a 28-13 lead with just over 11 minutes to play.

UPDATE 9:16 p.m. ET: The Patriots have announced that Ridley won’t return to the game.

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81 Responses to “Bernard Pollard strikes again, Ravens up 28-13”
  1. baconandvodka says: Jan 20, 2013 9:17 PM

    Bernard Pollard is the New England Patriots personal kryptonite. Awesome.

  2. rollore says: Jan 20, 2013 9:18 PM

    Ridley led with his own helmet while Pollard braced at an angle. I thought Pollard was going to get knocked out, but that was a vicious collision.

  3. supremekingz says: Jan 20, 2013 9:19 PM

    As a 49er fan, I’d rather play the Pats because I hate them more than anyone, but this is sweet to watch! Flacco carving up the Pats, and good old fashioned hard hitting football with no flags!

  4. nesuperfan says: Jan 20, 2013 9:19 PM

    How was that not a personal foul for helmet-to-helmet AGAIN??

  5. somesome says: Jan 20, 2013 9:20 PM

    Patriots are soft. Flacco has outplayed Brady the last three meetings. Pats got 2 of the 3 wins.
    They still get all the calls, or no calls for holding after even 10 yards.

  6. fuglyflorio says: Jan 20, 2013 9:21 PM

    Proving again that it’s much harder to win a Superbowl if you don’t know what the defense is going to do.

  7. jakec4 says: Jan 20, 2013 9:21 PM

    Don’t know what went on at halftime, but whatever the Ravens did was better.

  8. mgscott says: Jan 20, 2013 9:21 PM

    Ravens are too physical for the pats. Hate to see it but it’s harbaugh bowl. Niners by 7

  9. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Jan 20, 2013 9:21 PM

    Bernard could give two craps about the hoodie !

  10. noring4youstill says: Jan 20, 2013 9:21 PM

    Oh but no only the Saints have bountys

  11. raider23mike says: Jan 20, 2013 9:21 PM

    That was Not a Fumble!!! – NE

    TUCK on that NE!

    Revenge is so sweet

  12. ziplock10 says: Jan 20, 2013 9:22 PM

    Lets hear the Boston Wineyards weep! The calls went all the Pats way and guess what? Not good enough Brady Bunch!

  13. joetoronto says: Jan 20, 2013 9:22 PM

    The Ravens aren’t just beating the Pats, they’re beating them up too.

  14. tmdill18 says: Jan 20, 2013 9:22 PM

    Brady couldn’t even outrun 350 lb Ngata for the first down. LOL

  15. ravenator says: Jan 20, 2013 9:22 PM

    Love me some Pollard. Kakaww kakaww!

  16. brentfarve says: Jan 20, 2013 9:23 PM

    I hate to say it but my Ravens are a bunch of dirty players and even have a “murderer” on the team..but hey we are going to the superbowl and going to win it.

  17. misterchainbluelightning says: Jan 20, 2013 9:24 PM

    who’s Giselle going to blame tonight?

  18. djcrabby8 says: Jan 20, 2013 9:24 PM

    Not a fumble. The player was hit, hit the ground, then lost control of the ball. Sometimes it helps if you watch the play without the sound instead of letting the announcers dictate what you think happened.

  19. raidernation210 says: Jan 20, 2013 9:25 PM

    As a patriot hater i would have rather seen them l..ose another super bowl. But i will take this.

  20. portnoychunk says: Jan 20, 2013 9:25 PM

    You “hate them”? They’re a bunch of football players you’ve never met.

  21. scharffy13 says: Jan 20, 2013 9:25 PM

    Have the Pats won a SB since Spygate?

  22. dwats says: Jan 20, 2013 9:26 PM

    Bernard Pollard is that monster under the Patriot’s bed.

  23. FinFan68 says: Jan 20, 2013 9:27 PM

    I still don’t see how that was a confirmed fumble. It didn’t come out until his helmet and knee knocked it loose AFTER his button was on the ground.

  24. tmdill18 says: Jan 20, 2013 9:27 PM

    Definitely was a fumble. His knee knocked the ball loose before he hit the ground. That’s why it wasn’t overturned. Pay attention.

  25. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Jan 20, 2013 9:28 PM

    Not a fumble are you kidding me ! The runner was tasered by the collision ! Hes lucky he held onto his bowls let alone a football !

  26. giantsfan2104 says: Jan 20, 2013 9:29 PM

    This is getting ugly…..

  27. ravensoriolesnation says: Jan 20, 2013 9:32 PM

    Ravens punished the Patriots o my God

  28. tigerlilac says: Jan 20, 2013 9:33 PM

    Congratulations to the Ravens. They were clearly the better team tonight.

  29. phillyphever says: Jan 20, 2013 9:33 PM

    As Deion Sanders once said “Tom Brady played like hot garbage”. (Ironically, he said it after Baltimore knocked out NE in 2009).

  30. atwatercrushesokoye says: Jan 20, 2013 9:33 PM

    nesuperfan: helmet to helmet hits AREN’T illegal on runners in the open field, only QBs and defenseless receivers. That was a 100% legal hit.

  31. jmillbpc says: Jan 20, 2013 9:34 PM

    As a Pats fan it’s disappointing to see the way thid game is going but I can’t avoid saying it Pollard is dirty. there’s to much evidence to suggest it’s simply a coincidence

  32. jetsfansince1968 says: Jan 20, 2013 9:34 PM

    Where are the Jets storyline?

  33. buff80 says: Jan 20, 2013 9:35 PM

    Bye bye hoodie…

  34. dgoens3109 says: Jan 20, 2013 9:35 PM

    Bernard Pollard is Boba Fett.

  35. ch1ggs says: Jan 20, 2013 9:36 PM

    The Broncos played the Ravens sooo much tougher than NE has. It’s embarrassing, frankly.
    New England just couldn’t take the hits that Baltimore dished out.

  36. drunkenagitator says: Jan 20, 2013 9:37 PM

    Over-ratriots!!!!

  37. jr4real says: Jan 20, 2013 9:37 PM

    Bye bye New England!!!!!

    No camera= No SB!!

  38. jssgriffi says: Jan 20, 2013 9:37 PM

    Hahaha Brady and belicheat haven’t won since spy gate, cheaters!!

  39. fuglyflorio says: Jan 20, 2013 9:39 PM

    No spying … no Superbowl.

  40. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 20, 2013 9:40 PM

    Not a bad day for a guy who wasn’t good enough to play for the Chiefs.

  41. 6thsense79 says: Jan 20, 2013 9:40 PM

    djcrabby8 says:Jan 20, 2013 9:24 PM

    Not a fumble. The player was hit, hit the ground, then lost control of the ball. Sometimes it helps if you watch the play without the sound instead of letting the announcers dictate what you think happened.
    ————————–
    Seeing as it was a big hit the play was replayed quite a few times. Dude was out before he even hit the ground and ball was loose right before he hit the ground. Nasty hit.

    In any case New England doesn’t even deserve to win tonight. They’re getting thoroughly outplayed and beaten up for good measure.

  42. ravenator says: Jan 20, 2013 9:40 PM

    Where are all the haters? Crickets…..

  43. ravenator says: Jan 20, 2013 9:41 PM

    Ravens have been the top of the AFC class for the last two years, deal with it. Superbowl bound. Hate on haters.

  44. melikefootball says: Jan 20, 2013 9:41 PM

    Can’t stand how classless the Ravens players are on the side line and Ray leads them trying to pull his shirt off with game left BUT Tom showed how gultless he is when on fourth down he could have tried to run for a first down and he throws to no one.

  45. 8man says: Jan 20, 2013 9:41 PM

    I think I’m on record as saying take the points.

    I didn’t expect this, but the line was clearly ridiculous.

  46. ravenator says: Jan 20, 2013 9:41 PM

    And even the steeler snuggies cant keep pittsburgh warm tonight

  47. ravenator says: Jan 20, 2013 9:42 PM

    Pittsburgh is freezing right now.

  48. slickster35 says: Jan 20, 2013 9:42 PM

    This has to be the worst defense to ever appear in a conference championship game.

    Just pathetic. This dynasty is officially OVER!

    Go 9ers!

  49. ravenator says: Jan 20, 2013 9:43 PM

    #wereawesome #yourenot

  50. commonsensedude says: Jan 20, 2013 9:44 PM

    I wonder if the game might have turned out differently had the Pats been able to secretly videotape Baltimore’s practices.

  51. spillertime21 says: Jan 20, 2013 9:44 PM

    At least the pats fans at the game stick by their team til the bitter end

  52. purpwalk says: Jan 20, 2013 9:47 PM

    brother bowl coming up

  53. granadafan says: Jan 20, 2013 9:47 PM

    I’d love to hear Wes Welker’s wife bash Tom Brady for his mistakes.

  54. slickster35 says: Jan 20, 2013 9:48 PM

    It’s really embarrassing watching the cameras on that murderer. Pathetic display by the NFL all around.

  55. raidernation210 says: Jan 20, 2013 9:48 PM

    I love it earlier in the week all I was saying is how they haven’t won a Super Bowl since spy gate and of course I was told I lived in my mom’s basement, you know the usual lame comments from these bandwagon fans. But once again I was proven to be right.

  56. ravensfan996 says: Jan 20, 2013 9:49 PM

    Humble pie, served with a side order of Manning, Brady, and Belichick!!!

  57. peytonslucasoilstadium says: Jan 20, 2013 9:51 PM

    Wow pats played like this was a meaningless regular season game. Just didn’t look that into it. Oh we’ll I’m happy!

  58. pypersrealm says: Jan 20, 2013 10:00 PM

    Good game Ravens…..Good luck to you moving forward.

    I still can’t believe that ref upheld the fumble call….It seemed clear that his ass was on the ground before he let go of the ball and don’t know how anyone can look at that replay and say otherwise but it is what it is. I’d love to see an explanation from the league on that one.

    But the bottom line is that your team made the stops to keep us out of the endzone in the second half. Flacco and your defense played well. Congrats on making the Super Bowl.

  59. ahostiletakeover says: Jan 20, 2013 10:04 PM

    Clearly Ridley led with his helmet, as Pollard had slowed up to see which direction Ridley was going. So if anything Ridley knocked himself out on pollard’s helmet, not to mention runners are not afforded the same protection on hits as defenseless receivers and QBs. Pitta got hit helmet to helmet the play before his TD catch and there was no flag there. Nothing dirty about Pollard’s “hit.”

  60. nesuperfan says: Jan 20, 2013 10:05 PM

    atwatercrushesokoye, I forgot, but I remember now that you say it. Thank you for the reminder, and correction.

  61. patriotinvasion says: Jan 20, 2013 10:06 PM

    Congrats to the Ravens and their fans. When you beat Manning and Brady on the road to get to the Super Bowl, there’s nothing you can say.

    The Talib injury (and of course Gronk) doomed the Pats, but Flacco came of age tonight. The Pats have a good young team and will be back next year, but this night belonged to Ray, the Ravens, and the fans that watched Lee Evans drop that ball last year. Congrats again.

  62. deathonwings410 says: Jan 20, 2013 10:10 PM

    Dominated the Pansyiots

  63. getyourownname says: Jan 20, 2013 10:11 PM

    If commentators like Skip Bayless were judged the same way he judges Flacco, he would be off the air tonight.

  64. 6thsense79 says: Jan 20, 2013 10:11 PM

    slickster35 says:Jan 20, 2013 9:48 PM

    It’s really embarrassing watching the cameras on that murderer. Pathetic display by the NFL all around.
    ——————–
    Funny but I don’t see anyone who was ever convicted of murdering anyone on either team’s sideline. What game are you watching? The longest yard?

  65. nashz84 says: Jan 20, 2013 10:13 PM

    Give the guy a break he’s a head nosied player who plays hard , he’s not dirty player !!!

  66. misterchainbluelightning says: Jan 20, 2013 10:18 PM

    Brady should retire

  67. doublezero74 says: Jan 20, 2013 10:20 PM

    Congrats to the ravens. They deserved the W. the Baltimore fans on here should feel good but don’t disrespect the patriots as it just lowers the accomplishment of your team winning against another great team

  68. sandy102270 says: Jan 20, 2013 10:30 PM

    Lamar Woodley probably laid the points again this week.

  69. lovethesteelers says: Jan 20, 2013 10:35 PM

    Big congratulations to the Ravens and their fans. Good luck in the Superbowl!!

  70. broncobrewer says: Jan 20, 2013 10:37 PM

    There was no way that was a fumble. I’ve been saying since the Manning pick 6 last week the NFL want Lewis to go out a winning. I don’t know why that guy is everything wrong with the NFL. They should’ve chosen Gonzalez instead much classier guy much better role model.

  71. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 20, 2013 10:43 PM

    Barney Pollard is THE MAN. And he’s not dirty. Tired of the refs singling him out for clean hits.

  72. 2ndaryinsanity says: Jan 20, 2013 10:44 PM

    @ nesuperfan…. Please learn the rules before calling yourself a super fan. That hit was 100% legal, because there aren’t helmet to helmet penalties on running plays like this.
    As for those claiming Pollard’s hit was dirty… C’Mon, man!! Ridley lowered his helmet and knocked himself out on pollard’s helmet.

  73. cfballfan1 says: Jan 20, 2013 11:06 PM

    Great hit – thats how the game should be played – with toughness, although im sure he’ll get fined by the pantywaist – league powers that be in the Nancy Fooball League.

  74. keepingitrealdumb says: Jan 20, 2013 11:13 PM

    wes welker drops a lot of passes

  75. luckstrong says: Jan 20, 2013 11:32 PM

    Bernard Pollard is my favorite non-Colts player.

  76. romaraven says: Jan 20, 2013 11:58 PM

    Rvens could have scored another two touchdowns. Ravenna were Ali and Patriots were Joe Frazier. At least three egregious penalties not called on patriots but refs could not stop the ravens. Oats are soft and now a small time team without spying.

  77. romaraven says: Jan 21, 2013 12:04 AM

    Ravens scored three KOs!! The Pat dynasty is done.

  78. swagger52 says: Jan 21, 2013 1:22 AM

    When is Brady going to retire? That is the question to ask.

    I have said for two years that he can’t throw the long ball any more. He just does really really well short over the middle with some excellent receivers. A Brady long ball is a 5 yard pass to welker or Gronkowski. To his credit he is very accurate with those short passes, and he makes the right decision every time. However, if you take those short passes away..Brady is an average QB.

    Plus..Brady is a wuss..No tripping penalty? Hiding out with the Refs..What a wuss. Best ever QB..no way..he is a wuss. I would prefer to play Brady anytime rater than Roethlesberger or Manning.

    Wes Welker plays like a Raven. I wish he were on the Ravens. That guy is tough.

  79. thebigtim2012 says: Jan 21, 2013 7:14 AM

    Pretty sure the fact that we made it to the afc championship game proves the dynasty is not over jealous losers. Where’s that team we played in the SB last year oh yea not in the playoffs the ravens beat a pats team that was missing so many key contributors its not funny. I’m not crying just saying with those players back next year we will prob be at this game again next year. That said congrats balti see ya next year

  80. raiderapologist says: Jan 21, 2013 12:07 PM

    Ridley was not only taken to the locker room, he walked into the wall on his way in. No concussion tests were needed for that kid.

  81. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 21, 2013 7:11 PM

    It was the knock out punch!

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