The Ravens are like the new Colts for the Patriots. They've played each other eight times since the Ravens hatched in 1996. New England has won the six regular season games. Baltimore was victorious in the 2010 wild-card match, but the last game of the rivalry earned the Patriots a trip to the Super Bowl.
There has been some trash talk. In January 2011 Raven linebacker Terrell Suggs told Sirius NFL radio that Tom Brady’s three Super Bowl wins are “questionable,’’ citing the Tuck Rule game and Spygate. The year before Brady quipped, "They talk a lot for beating us once in nine years.’’
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<b>Jan. 22, 2012: Patriots 23, Ravens 20</b>
New England won the last meeting between these two teams, 23-20, at Gillette, and a Super Bowl bid was on the line. The difference was a Billy Cundiff 32-yard field goal that went wide left at the end of the fourth quarter. Tom Brady's sneak play with 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter gave the Patriots the edge, but it wasn't his best day throwing the ball. He threw for 239 yards two interceptions and no touchdowns. "Well, I sucked pretty bad today, but our defense saved us," Brady said Next
<b>Oct. 17, 2010: Patriots 23, Ravens 20</b>
It was a nailbiter that came down to a Stephen Gostkowski 35-yard field goal with 1:54 left in overtime. It was Deion Branch's first game back after four years, and the Patriots first that season without Randy Moss.
Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said of Tom Brady after the game, “He just better hope he don’t see us again.’’
"We play those guys a lot and they’ve only beat us one time in all the times that I’ve played them," Brady said. "So they talk a lot for beating us once in nine years.’’ Next
<b>Jan. 10, 2010: Ravens 33, Patriots 14</b>
The Ravens got their only win over New England during this wild-card playoff game. Running back Ray Rice (27) took the first snap of the game for an 83-yard touchdown, the Ravens scored 24 first-quarter points, and Baltimore rolled to a 33-14 win, the first home playoff loss for New England in over 30 years. New England looked overmatched and the fans let the Patriots have it. "I'd have been booing us, too, the way we played," Brady said. "Playing the way we played today, we weren't going to beat anybody." Next
<b>Oct. 4, 2009: Patriots 27, Ravens 21</b>
Things got heated as the Patriots held on for a 27-21 win at Gillette Stadium. Here Patriot Mike Wright was called for a personal foul as he swiped at Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco's head. The Ravens twice were flagged for roughing the passer, the second on Terrell Suggs under the so-called “Brady rule’’ when he lunged at the quarterback’s knee. “It is embarrassing to the game,’’ Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said. “Brady is good enough to make his own plays, let him make the play. Both of their [first-half] touchdown drives had personal fouls that kept the drives alive.’’ Much of the animosity between these two teams can be traced to this game. Next
<b>Dec. 3, 2007: Patriots 27, Ravens 24</b>
The Patriots trailed in this Monday night game, 24-20, when they got the ball with 3:30 to play. Brady drove the Patriots into the red zone, but the Ravens stopped them on fourth down – or so they thought. Defensive coordinator Rex Ryan called timeout, negating the stop. Adding to the drama: assistants aren’t supposed to call timeouts, only the head coach.
When the teams lined up again for fourth down, New England got new life when Baltimore was called for holding, giving it a fresh set of downs. Brady found Jabar Gaffney in the end zone and that was the game. Patriots fans can, at least in part, thank Ryan for that win. Next
<b>Nov. 28, 2004: Patriots 24, Ravens 3</b>
After a 3-3 first half, everything went the Patriots way in the second half, even if the weather went downhill. Here linebacker Tedy Bruschi celebrated as he shouted encouragement to teammate Je'Rod Cherry after Cherry downed a punt at the Baltimore three yard line in the fourth quarter, pinning the Ravens deep in their own territory. By late in the fourth quarter, the field at Gillette Stadium had turned to a virtual mud bowl. Next
<b>Jan. 2, 2000: Patriots 20, Ravens 3</b>
Patriots Troy Brown returned a punt putting a move on Ravens Kim Herring (20) and Bennie Thompson during first half action at Foxboro Stadium.
A Matt Stover field goal was all the Ravens could muster and the Patriots sealed the deal with a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the third quarter. Next
<b>Oct. 6, 1996: Patriots 46, Ravens 38</b>
In the first meeting of these two franchises, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Vinnie Testaverde (12) escaped the grasp of New England Patriots defensive end Mike Jones (96) in fourth quarter action at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. But Testaverde couldn't keep up with Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe in the shootout. Back to the beginning
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