FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The Patriots put themselves in dangerous position by not capitalizing on quality drives with touchdowns, and the Ravens have made them sorry.
That capped a 10-play, 87-yard drive that lasted 3:49 and was jump-started by a 15-yard pass interference penalty on New England.
Flacco fueled the Ravens on their way downfield, going 6-for-9 for 64 yards and a score on the possession. He is now 13-for-25 for 171 yards.
Pitta has been his primary option, making four catches for 49 yards and the touchdown. Three of those receptions came on the last drive.
Even though Baltimore hasn’t made it look pretty, it has the lead with just over 21 minutes remaining.
Update: Compared to the first half, the Ravens look like a juggernaut right now.
Four seconds into the fourth quarter, Flacco completed a 3-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin, squeezing the ball in between two defensive backs to give Baltimore a 21-13 lead.
So far in the second half, the Ravens have topped their first half yardage total 155-130.
Up by eight, can they hold on? Tom Brady and the Pats won’t make it easy.
Update II: This game has turned around in a hurry and the Patriots faithful are stunned. Flacco and Boldin just connected again, this time for an 11-yard touchdown that bumps the Ravens’ lead to 28-13 with 11:13 to go.
The latest score was set up by the first turnover of the game, a fumble by Stevan Ridley that was forced when a huge Bernard Pollard hit appeared to knock the tailback out. Ridley eventually staggered off the field, but only after Arthur Jones had recovered the fumble.
Four plays and 47 yards later, Baltimore has the first two-score lead of the contest and less than 11 minutes remain on the clock.
The Patriots will have to do it without Ridley, who will not return because of the head injury suffered on the fumble.