Patriots out to early lead (Ravens fall behind 10-7)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Three possessions into tonight’s AFC championship, the Patriots took a 3-0 lead on Stephen Gostkowski’s 31-yard field goal.

That closed a 13-play, 67-yard New England drive that chewed 5:03 off the clock.

Tom Brady and Brandon Lloyd found some chemistry during the series, connecting three times for 37 yards.

A block in the back on the ensuing kickoff has the Ravens backed up to their 10, but a 17-yard pass to Vonta Leach got them started.

Now let’s see of they can find an offensive rhythm.

Update: Nope. Nothing. Ravens punt again and the Pats have the ball back.

Update II: It’s taking some time for this one to gain some steam. At the end of the first quarter, the Ravens trail 3-0 while being outgained 114-43.

The two teams have combined for six punts in seven possessions. It’s a defensive battle early ... or it’s windy and cold. Either way, slow start from Gillette Stadium.

On to the second quarter.

Update II: Apparently turning the page to the second quarter did make a difference.

The Ravens just put together a 13-play, 90-yard drive that Ray Rice punctuated with a 2-yard touchdown run for a 7-3 lead 5:32 into the second stanza.

Joe Flacco, who went 1-for-6 for 17 yards in the first quarter, completed five of six attempts for 64 yards on the drive.

The Ravens now hold a yardage advantage as well, 130-114.

Update III: The Patriots answered the Ravens’ first score with their first touchdown, a 1-yard pass to Wes Welker at the end of an 11-play, 79-yard drive.

Baltimore looked a little vulnerable against both the pass and run on the possession.

The big play came from Brady’s arm and the Pats’ scheme, however. The veteran quarterback faked left and quickly turned around to hook up with Welker on the right for a 24-yard gain.

And now it’s the Ravens’ turn to come up with a response.