Stand-out RB Ray Rice gained 83 of 159 total game yards just seconds into the contest to lead his Baltimore Ravens past the New England Patriots 33-14 yesterday in Foxboro, MA. The Pats were confident heading into the matchup with 11 consecutive home playoff victories, that is until the Ravens came in and posted 24 first quarter points to their zero.
Rice shared a lot of respect for the former 3X Super Bowl champions, saying “their era is not over, they know how to win. But for the Ravens, to beat the New England Patriots set a precedent. We’ll always remember this win.” Baltimore will try to continue their post-season quest against the Indianapolis Colts this coming Saturday. NFL Playoff tickets are now available!
The New England Patriots have officially put their regular season to a close following Sunday’s 34-27 loss to the Houston Texans. The AFC East Division champions are now set to matchup with the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, January 10th at Gillette Stadium. The other AFC contest next weekend will feature the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets.
The Patriots unfortunately will have to continue on without their go-to receiver Wes Welker, who suffered a devastating knee injury early in the first quarter in Houston. The league leader in receptions was later confirmed to have torn his ACL, giving great indication that he’ll be missing in action for quite some time. Quarterback Tom Brady is upset along with the rest of his teammates heading into their 2010 playoff campaign, but still believes in New England’s abilities to step up and compete.
“There’s nobody that can substitute in for Wes and think that they’re going to be Wes. He is everything you ask for,” said Brady. “We’ve got to move on and we’ve got to go out there and play and everyone I think in different areas has to pick it up. I have to play better, Julian (Edelman) has to play better, Randy (Moss) has to play better, the offensive line, running backs, tight ends, we all have to do more. I think that’s the commitment we have to make to one another.”
Brady also took the time to address the recent reports in regards to his broken ribs and finger on his throwing hand. “What’s the injury report say?,” he said. “I’m feeling really good. Everyone breaks bones over the course of the year. I’m feeling pretty good. It’s the best I’ve felt in a while.” The Pats are 5-0 all-time against the Baltimore. Their last game showcased New England edging the Ravens 27-21 in Foxboro back in October.
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This Sunday’s NFL regular season events filled all spots for the upcoming playoff festivities. The New York Jets earned their way in after a decisive win over the Cincinnati Bengals, setting the stage for a rematch this Saturday, January 9th. The Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys are also scheduled for back to back games, following the Cowboys 24-0 campaign yesterday afternoon to claim the NFC East title.
The New England Patriots will next play host to the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday at Gillette stadium for their opening post-season contest. The fourth and final matchup next week will feature the Arizona Cardinals and Green Bay Packers. The New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings, San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts will rest and look forward to the Divisional round two weeks from now. Check all week 17 NFL Results below.
Sunday, January 3, 2010Buffalo Bills 30, Indianapolis Colts 7 – The Bills dominated from both ends of the field as the league leading Colts packed it in to lose their second straight contest.
Cleveland Browns 23, Jacksonville Jaguars 17 – The 5-11 Browns finished the year strong, holding off the Jags to win their last four of five.
Chicago Bears 37, Detroit Lions 23 – Chicago came up with 17 bonus points in the fourth quarter to close out their season with pride.
San Francisco 49ers 28, St Louis Rams 6 – The 49ers scored all 28 points in the second half while holding the Rams to just two field goals.
Pittsburgh Steelers 30, Miami Dolphins 24 – Ben Roethlisberger led his team with 220 yards passing and three TD’s, but it wasn’t enough for the Super Bowl champs to advance this year.
Minnesota Vikings 44, New York Giants 7 – Brett Favre completed 25 passes for 316 yards and four TD’s.
Atlanta Falcons 20, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 – The Falcons scored 10 in the final block to post another successful winning season.
Carolina Panthers 23, New Orleans Saints 10 – RB Jonathan Stewart rushed for 125 yards and one TD from 16 total carries.
Houston Texans 34, New England Patriots 27 – Houston was able to rally past the Patriots but fell short of reaching any playoff goals.
Dallas Cowboys 24, Philadelphia Eagles 0 – Tony Romo hit his receivers with 24 passes for 311 yards and two TD’s.
Kansas City Chiefs 44, Denver Broncos 24 – Denver lost any chance to advance after surrendering 44 points to the 4-12 Chiefs.
Baltimore Ravens 21, Oakland Raiders 13 – Willis McGahee ran for three TD’s to help his squad claim the remaining playoff spot in the AFC.
Green Bay Packers 33, Arizona Cardinals 7 – The Packers posted 25 points in the first half while shutting down the Cardinals offense through the first three quarters.
San Diego Chargers 23, Washington Redskins 20 – Backup QB Billy Volek hit FB Mike Tolbert with a two-yard TD pass for the Chargers to earn their 11th straight victory.
Tennessee Titans 17, Seattle Seahawks 13 – Chris Johnson wrapped his season with 2,006 rushing yards and the winning TD, moving the Titans to a respectable 8-8 record.
New York Jets 37, Cincinnati Bengals 0 – The Bengals rested their starters as the Jets capitalized to live another day.
Aaron Rodgers threw for 263 yards and 3 TD’s from 26 total completions to lead his Green Bay Packers past the Baltimore Ravens Monday night at Lambeau Field. The Packers are now 8-4 after earning their fourth consecutive victory. With four to go they’re just two games behind the NFC North leading Minnesota Vikings. “It wasn’t pretty out there, but a win is a win,” said Packers wide receiver Donald Driver. “We had to get this one to stay ahead in the playoff race.”
Green Bay dominated early with 17 points while holding Baltimore scoreless in the first half. The Ravens then came out in the third on a mission, scoring back to back touchdowns of their own. The fourth quarter was all Green Bay with another Mason Crosby field goal and Rodgers-Finley pass connection for the final TD.
Baltimore is now .500 and desperate for a win next Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Head coach John Harbaugh would like his team to remain positive, saying “we’ve got plenty to be encouraged about. We’re in a tight race for the wild card, we are every bit in it. Everybody, they’ll say what they’ll say. It’s a week-to-week proposition in this league.”
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Sunday’s matchups featured a handful of surprises to shake up the standings heading into the remaining weeks of the 2009 regular season. QB Bruce Gradkowski threw for 308 yards and three TD’s as the Oakland Raiders won over the Pittsburgh Steelers by 3. The Arizona Cardinals held Brett Favre and the Vikings offense to 17 points while posting up 30 themselves. The Dolphins caused trouble in the AFC East after defeating the New England Patriots yesterday in Miami. Following a pair of thrilling contests against the Redskins and Titans, the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts are still perfect with 12-0 records. Check Week 12 scores below.
Thursday, December 3rd, 2009New York Jets 19, Buffalo Bills 13 – New York produced the bulk of their points in the first half to take the division battle by 6.
Sunday, December 6th, 2009Philadelphia Eagles 34, Atlanta Falcons 7 – Michael Vick picked up two TD’s as the Eagles dominated his former team through all four quarters.
Chicago Bears 17, St Louis Rams 9 – The Rams failed to get anything going in the red zone, forcing Josh Brown to really go to work with a few field goals.
Cincinnati Bengals 23, Detroit Lions 13 – Cincinnati scored 17 in the second quarter alone as rookie Stafford struggled to march his Lions down field.
Indianapolis Colts 27, Tennessee Titans 17 – Peyton Manning led the high power Colts offense with 24 completions and 270 yards.
Denver Broncos 44, Kansas City Chiefs 13 – Denver RB Correll Buckhalter ran for 113 yards from just 12 carries.
Miami Dolphins 22, New England Patriots 21 – The Dolphins took control in the final minutes with a field goal to pull ahead by 1.
Oakland Raiders 27, Pittsburgh Steelers 24 – Oakland came up with 21 fourth quarter points to rally back and seal the victory.
New Orleans Saints 33, Washington Redskins – Washington was close to playing spoiler against Saints perfection, testing them in their first overtime period of the year.
Carolina Panthers 16, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 – Carolina’s defense held the Bucs to just two field goals at Bank of America Stadium.
Jacksonville Jaguars 23, Houston Texans 18 – The Jaguars scored 20 first half points, advancing them to 7-5 for the season.
San Diego Chargers 30, Cleveland Browns 23 – Philip Rivers threw for 373 yards and 2 TD’s from 18 completions.
New York Giants 31, Dallas Cowboys 24 – New York wrapped the contest with 10 fourth quarter points to take over this week’s featured shootout.
Seattle Seahawks 20, San Francisco 49ers 17 – Olino Mare sent one through the uprights for the Seahawks to win in the final seconds.
Arizona Cardinals 30, Minnesota Vikings 17 – Kurt Warner outdueled Favre in his return with 285 yards and 3 TD’s from 22 passes completed.
Monday, December 7th, 2009Green Bay Packers 27, Baltimore Ravens 14 - Aaron Rodgers threw for 263 yards and 3 TD’s as the Packers claimed their fourth consecutive victory.
The Baltimore Ravens racked up two touchdowns and a field goal in the third quarter while holding the Cleveland Browns scoreless, resulting in a 16-0 Monday Night Football Ravens victory at M&T Bank Stadium. Ray Rice ran for 12 yards to claim the initial TD, which was followed by a Dawan Landry interception for six more. Baltimore posted their final points eight minutes into the third with a 44 yard boot through the uprights courtesy of Steve Hauschka.
“I guess I agree it wasn’t pretty,” said QB Joe Flacco. “It was an ugly win, but that’s the way some wins are in the NFL.” Flacco threw for 155 yards from 13 passes completed. Luckily his defense pulled most of the weight yesterday, holding Cleveland’s Brady Quinn to 99 yards and two picks. The 1-8 Browns are scheduled to face the Detroit Lions on Sunday, November 22nd at Ford Field. Baltimore is set to host the undefeated Indianapolis Colts the same day.
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Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini recently announced that the young Brady Quinn will return as starting quarterback for their upcoming Monday Night Football game against the Baltimore Ravens. Quinn was benched after just 10 quarters of play and replaced by Derek Anderson heading into the second half of their first matchup with Baltimore. After seeing Anderson post a league low 36.2 QB rating, Mangini is convinced that Quinn will be able to hold the spot for the remainder of the season.
“He’s had good weeks of practice,” said Mangini. “He’s worked hard since the first transition was made. I look forward to him taking advantage of this opportunity and helping us improve.”
The Browns organization is 1-7 so far this year with just five offensive touchdowns (a number two less than the New Orleans Saints defense alone). Quinn is definitely eager to get back on the field for another chance. ”I’m excited to be a part of Monday night,” said Quinn. ”Every team in the NFL is tough, them especially. We’ve got our hands full right now.”
Monday Night Football is set for 8:30 PM at Cleveland Browns Stadium
Last time the New England Patriots matched up against the Baltimore Ravens was in December of 2007 when they were 16-0 bound for the regular season. Baltimore gave the Pats their toughest game of the year, knowing Brady’s go-ahead TD pass with 44 seconds remaining was the deciding factor in the 27-24 victory. Ray Lewis and The Ravens will be more than ready to go heading into week 4 this Sunday at Gillette.
New England and Baltimore have met a total of four times where the Patriots have shown undefeated. Behind young quarterback Joe Flacco this season the Ravens have coasted to a 3-0 start. Head coach John Harbaugh has had nothing but praise for Flacco, who has earned six TD passes thus far.
“I think he sees things better. He’s quicker with the ball versus pressure,” said Harbaugh. “He’s got a better understanding of how it all ties together with the protection and the routes. He knows how to get guys lined up. I mean, there are a thousand things that Joe does better than he did a year ago.”
Tom Brady and his offense are trying to avoid their worst start in four years. Brady is currently 3 of 10 for 10 yards in the red zone but has faith that the offense will improve for next game. “It’s just execution,” said Brady. “It’s everybody being on the same page and making the reads and throws and something we’ll evaluate and look at. We can’t keep kicking field goals, I know that. We’ve got to be better than that.”
Brady is hoping wide receiver Wes Welker will be back in action Sunday to give him more options down field. Welker contributed in New England’s week 1 win over Buffalo with 12 receptions, and since then has definitely been missed. The high intensity Baltimore defense coming to town will serve as a true test for the Patriots. Kickoff is set for 1:00 pm.
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Patriots QB Tom Brady was thrilled yesterday to have found a much improved running game, mostly coming from former Jacksonville Jaguars RB Fred Taylor. The 11-year veteran was able to rush for 105 yards and scored one touchdown as the Pats went on to dominate the Atlanta Falcons 26-10 . “You want to be balanced going into games, but some situations don’t allow for it,” said Taylor. “You want to establish that momentum and look over across the ball and see the frustration in the defensive guys’ eyes.” The other option Brady looked to was Randy Moss, who was open for 10 catches and 116 yards.
Although New England similar to last week was not too successful in the red zone, the offense certainly came out more confident in the second half. While Brady kept his men working, the Patriots defense stepped up and held Atlanta scoreless for the remaining two quarters. A major focus for the D was stopping Pro-Bowl TE Tony Gonzalez. “The plan was for him to not have any catches and he had one,” said safety Brandon McGowan with a smile, “so obviously the plan failed.”
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This week marked the final preseason match-ups for 2009, meaning the official NFL regular season is just around the corner! Teams are really at the point where they have to make final cuts and shape up their rosters. The first regular season game for this year will take place at Heinz field, when the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Tennessee Titans. Check for week 4 scores Below!
NFL Regular Season TicketsThursday, September 3rd, 2009Detroit Lions 17, Buffalo Bills 6 – Detroit scored 10 points in the last quarter to come away with the win at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Philadelphia Eagles 27, New York Jets 38 – Rookie QB Mark Sanchez threw for 67 yards with a TD as the Jets went on to come back against Philadelphia.
New York Giants 27, New England Patriots 38 – The Giants jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead after the first, but the Pats gained momentum after a 14 point second quarter and racked up 24 in the second half.
Jacksonville Jaguars 24, Washington Redskins 17 – The Redskins scored 14 points in the final quarter, but it wasn’t enough to catch up to the Jaguars who dominated early on.
Baltimore Ravens 20, Atlanta Falcons 3 – The Baltimore defense did all the work this game, allowing just one field goal in the second.
Cincinnati Bengals 38, Indianapolis Colts 7 – The Colts started the game off with a TD but were not able to put any offense together from there.
Pittsburgh Steelers 21, Carolina Panthers 10 – Steelers RB Isaac Redman ran for 79 yard with a TD in his 12 carries.
Miami Dolphins 10, New Orleans Saints 7 – New Orleans attempted some end of game heroics with a final TD in the 4th quarter, but Miami held on to win by three.
Chicago Bears 26, Cleveland Browns 23 – Robbie Gould knocked two field goals in the final quarter for the Bears to take this one.
Tennessee Titans 27, Green Bay Packers 13 – The Tennessee Titans put Green Bay away early on with 20 first half points.
St. Louis Rams 17, Kansas City Chiefs 9 – The Chiefs had the lead until the third quarter when St. Louis took control with a TD.
Denver Broncos 19, Arizona Cardinals 0 – The Broncos defense really came up big in this shut out at Invesco Field at Mile High.
Seattle Seahawks 31, Oakland Raiders 21 – The Raiders surged back with 2 TD’s in the 4th but the Seahawks still remained up 10.
Friday, September 4th, 2009Houston Texans 27, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20 – QB Rex Grossman led Houston with 197 yards and two TD’s.
Dallas Cowboys 35, Minnesota Vikings 31 – Dallas scored 28-35 points in the second half to come back and win.