The New England Patriots are right where they are every year, in first place in their division, with their sights on another Super Bowl appearance. They are a game up on the Kansas City Chiefs for first place and home field advantage in the AFC playoffs this season. Tom Brady has been playing exceptionally well and he has been playing mad as hell this season. After being suspended the first four games of the season, he has come out on fire. It is scary that in his absence the Patriots went 3-1 and were still in first place in the AFC east division. Each year, the Patriots are in the mix and boast one of the best teams in the NFL.
On Monday night football, the Ravens brought in their defense, who was ranked number one in the NFL in almost every single category. However, anytime you travel to Foxboro in December and face Tom Brady, all the stats go right out of the window, and surely that was the case once again. Plus with All-Pro tight end, Rob Gronkowski, lost for the season, tight end Martellus Bennett dealing with an ankle injury and veteran receiver Danny Amendola on the shelf for a few weeks, you figure the Patriots might have a tough time moving the ball in this showdown of AFC teams. That was not true at all, and the Patriots moved the ball at will in the first half and developed a 23-3 lead early in the game. Early on, it looked as though nothing was going to work for Baltimore on this cold night in Foxboro.
Then finally, in the second half, the Patriots’ worst enemy (themselves) started to show up. The Patriots started to make costly mistakes all over the field and the Ravens were able to capitalize on them. The Ravens were able to get close to the Patriots and make it a 3 point game, with only a little over 6 minutes left in the 4th quarter. It almost looked like the Ravens could get a stop on defense and at least tie the game with a field goal. The Ravens are one of the only teams in recent years that has been able to even compete with the Patriots in Foxboro let alone beat them.
So for a few brief moments, it looked like de-ja-vu one more time, and it looked like the Ravens could even get the win. Then, the 39 year old star quarterback of the Patriots, took the field and in one play, all the Ravens’ hope and dreams went right out of the door. Brady hit wide receiver, Chris Hogan, on a bomb that put the Patriots up by 10 points. After that, the Ravens were only able to get a field goal and lost the game 30-23. The Patriots had over 495 yards of offense against the number one defense in the NFL. That was the most yardage against a Ravens team since 2014, when they lost to the Saints. The Patriots look to finish the season strong and secure home field advantage throughout the playoffs.