Big plays for, against Ravens let Pats strike first (Ravens down 13-0)

The Ravens’ defense has been burned for just one big play in its first two series of the contest, but it was a massive one that allowed the Patriots to dent the scoreboard first.

Baltimore forced the Patriots to punt on the opening drive thanks to a botched snap, a Dannell Ellerbe sack and an Ed Reed tackle for loss.

But Tom Brady and Wes Welker fooled the Ravens’ secondary for a 59-yard gain on the fourth play of New England’s second drive. Three plays later, Reed broke up a would-be touchdown by crushing Julian Edelman in the end zone as a well-timed ball from Brady was jarred away.

The Patriots had to settle for a 37-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski, but they didn’t have to walk away with a kick the next time.

Joe Flacco’s underthrown pass into a jungle of defensive backs was intercepted by Steve Gregory on first down of the ensuing possession. That put the Pats at the Ravens’ 6, and on third down, Brandon Bolden punched it in for a 2-yard touchdown and a 10-0 lead.

Update: Gostkowski drilled a 49-yard field goal to end an 11-play, 60-yard drive that included two passes for 33 yards from Brady to Brandon Lloyd, and the Patriots’ lead is up to 13-0 at the end of the first quarter.

The Ravens have been outgained 143-21 and had the ball for less than five minutes of the opening stanza. Not a good start.