1:00 PM ET, January 10, 2010
Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- In a matter of minutes, the Patriots went from being the team of the last decade to looking old, overmatched and, oddly, inept.
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Tom Brady struggled mightily against the Ravens on Sunday, to the tune of the worst passer rating of his playoff career.
|Playoff round||Opponent||Passer rtg|
|'09 Wild Card||vs. Ravens||49.1|
|'06 Divisional||at Chargers||57.6|
|'07 AFC Title||vs. Chargers||66.4|
|'01 Divisional||vs. Raiders||70.4|
• Baltimore snapped the Patriots' home playoff win streak at 11 games, handing New England its first home playoff loss since 1978. This was also the first time the Patriots have lost a playoff opener under Bill Belichick (now 6-1) and the first home playoff loss with both Belichick and Brady (now 8-1).
• Although Joe Flacco wasn't pretty (4 for 10, 34 yards, INT), he improved to 3-1 as a starting QB in the playoffs -- with all three wins coming on the road. His three road wins are tied for the most among active QBs.
• Baltimore scored 24 points in the first quarter, tying the second-most first-quarter points in postseason history.
• Ray Rice had an 83-yard rushing TD on the first play from scrimmage, the second-longest rushing TD in postseason history. Rice finished with a team playoff record 159 yards and two TDs, and the Ravens had a franchise playoff-game record 234 rushing yards.
• Tom Brady lost a fumble and was picked off three times, the third three-interception playoff game of his career. In Brady's last eight playoff games, he has thrown 12 interceptions.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Ravens on the Run
Ray Rice and the Baltimore Ravens were able to crush the Patriots with their ground game. The Ravens had the third-most rushing attempts in a playoff game since 1980.
|1985 Patriots||56||vs. Dolphins||Won|
|1982 Dolphins||56||vs. Chargers||Won|
|2009 Ravens||52||at Patriots||Won|
|1995 Bills||52||vs. Dolphins||Won|
|1982 Redskins||52||vs. Dolphins||Won|
Shawn Springs and Sam Aiken of the Patriots did not return after suffering head injuries. ... Mark Clayton, Derrick Mason, McGahee and McClain each caught one pass for Baltimore. ... Edelman is the first Patriots rookie with two touchdowns in a postseason game.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.3||3.1|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||3-5||2-2|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|TD||14:56||Ray Rice 83 Yard Run (Billy Cundiff Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 83 yds, 0:17
|TD||10:33||Le'Ron Mcclain 1 Yard Run (Billy Cundiff Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 17 yds, 2:44
|TD||3:59||Ray Rice 1 Yard Run (Billy Cundiff Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 25 yds, 2:54
|FG||1:24||Billy Cundiff 27 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 4 plays, 0 yds, 1:37
|TD||11:33||Julian Edelman 6 Yard Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 16 yds, 2:45
|FG||6:22||Billy Cundiff 23 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 6 plays, 18 yds, 3:31
|TD||1:52||Julian Edelman 1 Yard Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 53 yds, 4:31
|TD||10:35||Willis Mcgahee 3 Yard Run (Willis Mcgahee Run For Two-Point Conversion is No Good)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 52 yds, 6:15