Ravens fly to familiar Foxborough

Historically, the New England Patriots have, let’s just say on paper, controlled the all-time series with the Baltimore Ravens. The series dates back to 1996 in the first season after the then-Browns fled Cleveland and opened up shop in Baltimore as a new franchise with a new name. The Pats lead the all-time series, 11-4, but for those that have watched the teams matchup, “control” is not necessarily the correct description.

Turn the clock back to 2007. The Patriots were a dominating 11-0 on the way to a 16-0 regular season when they visited the Ravens in Baltimore on a Monday night in Week 13. New England escaped a back-and-forth contest that night with a controversial 27-24 win aided by an ill-timed sideline timeout by Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan. The signal came just before a snap on which the Ravens stopped the Patriots on a fourth-and-one play. New England eventually converted to keep the drive alive before being stopped on another fourth down play that saw it bailed out by a defensive holding call in the end zone, which set up a first and goal. Tom Brady connected with Jabar Gaffney with 44 seconds left for the 27-24 lead. Even then, the Ravens ended the game on a Hail Mary pass that was caught at the Patriots 2-yard line as time expired.

Two meetings later – on January 10, 2010 – the unintimidated Ravens flew into Foxborough and soared past the Patriots at Gillette Stadium in a Wild Card round playoff game, 33-14. About nine months later – and again in Foxborough – the Patriots needed overtime to squeak by the Ravens, 23-20.

The teams once again met in January for the 2011 AFC Championship Game and the Ravens threated to win late. Patriots defensive back Sterling Moore barely broke up a would-be go-ahead touchdown pass before Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal that would have sent the game to overtime as time expired. Instead, the miss sent the Patriots to Super Bowl XLXI with a 23-20 win.

The Pats lost at Baltimore, 31-30, early in the 2012 season and then lost another home playoff game, 28-13, in the 2012 AFC Championship Game.

After a regular season blowout win, 41-7, in 2013, the Patriots hosted the Ravens in a 2014 AFC Divisional Playoff Game. The Ravens appeared poised to win another playoff game in Foxborough when it built a 14-point lead. The Patriots rallied to tie only to see Baltimore again extend to a second 14-point lead. New England never quit. Julian Edelman hit Danny Amendola for a trick-play touchdown on a double pass, and the Pats used some odd formations to catch Baltimore off guard. A Duron Harmon interception sealed a 35-31 comeback Patriots win.

Since then, the teams met three times with New England sandwiching two wins around a 17-point loss in Baltimore in a game that saw Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson run roughshod over the Patriots defense.

So while the lopsided 11-4 series lead indicates one thing, anyone who has watched the two teams battle knows otherwise. The Ravens are not intimidated coming into Gillette Stadium regardless of whether it’s September or January. Eight of New England’s 11 wins in the series have come by one score. Only one of Baltimore’s wins has been close with the Ravens holding a 13-point average margin of victory.

 

The series:

  • New England leads the all-time series, 11-4
  • The Patriots longest winning streak against Baltimore is five games (1996-2009)
  • The Ravens longest winning streak against New England is two games (2012-2013)
  • The Patriots are 8-2 at home and 3-2 on the road in the series
  • There has been one overtime games in the series, which New England won, 23-20
  • New England has won four of the last five meetings
  • The series dates back to Oct. 6, 1996 (a 56-38 Patriots road win)
  • The Patriots largest margin of victory is 34 (41-7 win in Baltimore on Dec. 22, 2013)
  • The Ravens largest margin of victory is 19 (33-14 win in Foxborough on Jan. 10, 2010)