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article imageNFL: Ravens Knock Out Pats

By Michael Bearak     Jan 10, 2010 in Sports
The New England Patriots hadn't lost a playoff game at home since 1978, until Sunday when the Baltimore Ravens came into Gillette Stadium and shut down the Pats.
Baltimore got the New England early and often and post a 24-0 lead in the first quarter and forced Tom Brady to fumble the ball and throw three interceptions.
The cold weather in New England didn't affect the Ravens as they relied on their running game to chew up yardage and game clock. Ray Rice had 159 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. Willis McGahee threw in an additional 62 yards and a touchdown as well for the Ravens running attack. The game plan of not forcing quarterback Joe Flacco to throw except when he absolutely going 4 for 10 compiling 34 yards and an interception. Ray Rice ran the ball 83 yards for a touchdown on the opening play from the line of scrimmage.
For the New England Patriots they saw their season come to an end on a dismal performance with 4 turnovers and a 33-14 loss. Tom Brady had a 49.1 passer rating, his lowest playoff rating in his career. The Patriots relied on Brady's arm going 23 for 42 compiling 154 yards with two touchdowns. Their running game only accumulated 64 yards.
This was the first home playoff loss for Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick as well as Belichick's first first round playoff loss.
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