FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The Ravens haven’t passed the ball especially well, haven’t run the ball too effectively and haven’t stopped the Patriots, either.
Yet they’ll head to the second half trailing just 13-7 and will open the third quarter with the ball.
Kicker Stephen Gostkowski booted a 25-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to extend New England’s lead.
The Ravens have to feel fortunate to be in this situation after being outgained 214-130 and punting on four of their five possessions so far.
Unlike last year’s AFC championship, Tom Brady is winning the quarterback duel with Joe Flacco, completing 14 of 24 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown through two quarters.
Flacco is 6-for-12 for 81 yards. He hasn’t received much help, as Anquan Boldin has been held without a catch and tailbacks Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce have combined for just 53 rushing yards.
Defensively, neither team has made many big plays, forcing no turnovers and combining for just one sack - by New England’s Rob Ninkovich.
Ray Lewis is leading all players with nine tackles while Corey Graham has added seven. But that has more to do with the fact that Baltimore’s defense has spent 45 plays on the field already, compared to just 27 for the Ravens’ offense.
While the game feels like it’s in the Patriots’ control, they can’t feel too comfortable leading by just one score and going up against a quality deep-passing attack that has yet to get going.
Another close game between these teams isn’t too surprising, so an entertaining second half should be ahead.