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Pats go up 14-0 early in Baltimore

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The Patriots drew first blood in Sunday’s reunion of the AFC Championship Game participants for the last two years with some assistance from a flag.

Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith drew a flag for interfering with Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman at the one-yard line, setting up LeGarrette Blount for a touchdown plunge that gave the Patriots a 7-0 lead. Smith looked like he held Edelman earlier in the route and the late jostling at the end of the play, which occured without Smith looking back for the ball, definitely impeded Edelman’s chances at grabbing the ball for a touchdown.

Joe Flacco threw an interception on the next Ravens possession when Logan Ryan held onto a ball intended for Jacoby Jones that linebacker Donta’ Hightower deflected in his own failed attempt at an interception. Tom Brady hit Danny Amendola for 34 yards on third down and Shane Vereen caught a three-yard scoring pass from Brady a couple of plays later to extend the lead to 14-0.

There’s still plenty of time to play in Baltimore, but the Ravens would be advised not to keep spotting the Patriots more points before scoring a few of their own.

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22 Responses to “Pats go up 14-0 early in Baltimore”
  1. natelan says: Dec 22, 2013 5:00 PM

    Go Chargers!!!

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 22, 2013 5:03 PM

    I hope both teams somehow lose.

  3. Pittsburgh Steelers says: Dec 22, 2013 5:04 PM

    HAHAHAHAHA! ☺☺☺☺☺

  4. javierjiminy says: Dec 22, 2013 5:04 PM

    This is why the Pats went to the movies. The ravens weren’t even worth gameplanning for.

  5. jakec4 says: Dec 22, 2013 5:09 PM

    Flag happy Ron Winter always makes for a frustrating viewing experience, not that I’m blaming that. The Ravens having no touchdowns in the last five quarters isn’t going to get it done.

  6. nizzledizzleshizzle says: Dec 22, 2013 5:10 PM

    that jimmy smith flag was BS!!!!

  7. 2001asterisk2003asterisk2004asterisk says: Dec 22, 2013 5:11 PM

    Thank you refs!

  8. easywolf says: Dec 22, 2013 5:11 PM

    Bunch of nerd fans and stadium where is your dumb song now ughhhh ughhhhh ughhhhh

  9. 3mileisland says: Dec 22, 2013 5:13 PM

    The Ravens have them right where the want them.

  10. denverdude7 says: Dec 22, 2013 5:18 PM

    Great time to roll over and play dead Baltimore. What a bunch of losers.

    Sincerely,
    Bronco Nation

  11. dualprime says: Dec 22, 2013 5:28 PM

    Refs keeping Marsha and the Brady’s in the top seed hunt.

  12. ironyisadeadscene says: Dec 22, 2013 5:50 PM

    Stupid penalties by the ravens keep Marsha and the bradies in the hunt for the top seed (corrected it)

  13. dcapettini says: Dec 22, 2013 5:55 PM

    Let’s not hear any more talk about how the officials favor the Ravens. Both pass calls were bogus. No pass interference and the receiver ran into Webb while Webb was looking back for the ball. If there was any illegal contact. it was offensive.Watch, the officials will call a bunch of crap calls in garbage time to make up for the incredible imbalance in penalty calling.

    Pittsburgh posters are the slimiest trolls on this site. Hey guys, your team is playing. Why are you making obnoxious comments on a Ravens post? Perhaps because your team isn’t worth watching anymore. They won’t even make it to 8-8 this year.

  14. lanman11 says: Dec 22, 2013 5:56 PM

    The Ravens are undisciplined and being beaten to the punch. Consequently they are committing penalties. Of course this fires up the Harbawl Whine Machine as if they are somehow being ripped off. I lose mord and more respect for him every time he opens his mouth. Not a good look for an otherwise good coach. He’s more subtle than his brother but it runs in the family for sure.

  15. tothefellowshipofthemiserable says: Dec 22, 2013 6:03 PM

    Raven fans crying over every little call. Have another beer.

  16. exsquidao says: Dec 22, 2013 6:03 PM

    REALLY! WTF ARE THESE REFS!

  17. lanman11 says: Dec 22, 2013 6:06 PM

    Hopefully Jonny is happy with the job the refs did to keep the Pats from scoring again before the half. That was getting ridiculous. I guess whining works.

  18. pats2014 says: Dec 22, 2013 6:06 PM

    The Ravens and their fans have taken on the personality of their head coach. Whine, whine, whine.

  19. dudeicle says: Dec 22, 2013 6:07 PM

    nice job on the refs with all the make-up calls after the questionable PI call. I like that… drop a flag, announce the penalty THEN pick up the flag after Harbaugh called the waamulance.

  20. tb12x3 says: Dec 22, 2013 6:14 PM

    about stinking time pats got calls….. where were those calls against sheli????

  21. dualprime says: Dec 22, 2013 7:02 PM

    Pats will get the call next week. “Bill, the Broncos are the #1 seed in the AFC. Oh, and Manning took the TD record from Marsha today.”

  22. horses721 says: Dec 22, 2013 10:54 PM

    As a Patriot’s fan, the comments demeaning the team make me laugh. Jealousy makes adults act like children.

    Jimmy Johnson(Dallas and Miami coach) admitted to taping signals. The Broncos violated the salary cap to keep Terrell Davis and John Elway on their way to winning 2 Super Bowls.

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