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Blast from the Past: Ravens vs. Patriots

A look back at the last time the Ravens played the Patriots.

The Ravens celebrate their AFC Championship victory vs. the Patriots in the 2012 playoffs.
The Ravens celebrate their AFC Championship victory vs. the Patriots in the 2012 playoffs.
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The Baltimore Ravens have faced off seven times in the regular season and three times in the postseason. The Patriots lead the regular season series, 6-1. The Ravens lead the postseason series, 2-1.

Here is a look at the last time the two teams played:

January 20th, 2013 -- AFC Championship Game -- Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots

Score: Ravens win, 28-13.

Main Headline:

ESPN: Ravens defeat Patriots, set up Harbaugh battle in Super Bowl

Ravens' Notable Performances:

  • Joe Flacco: 21/36 with 240 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Ray Rice: 19 carries for 48 yards and a touchdown.
  • Torrey Smith: Four receptions for 69 yards.
  • Anquan Boldin: Five receptions for 60 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Dennis Pitta: Five receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown.
  • Ray Lewis: 14 total tackles.
  • Corey Graham: 11 total tackles.
  • Arthur Jones: Two tackles, one fumble recovery.
  • Dannell Ellerbe: Five tackles, one pass defensed, and one interception.
  • Cary Williams: Six tackles, one pass defensed, and one interception.

Summary:

The Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots were fighting for a trip to the Super Bowl. For the Ravens, they were attempting to defeat the Patriots, something they were unable to do in the previous AFC Championship.

The first quarter was boring, as the Patriots scored the only points of the quarter, a field goal. At the end of the first, New England led, 3-0.

On the first drive of the second quarter, Joe Flacco led the Ravens down the field by passes to Dennis Pitta and Torrey Smith. Ray Rice would cap off the drive with a two-yard rushing touchdown. Baltimore had the lead, 7-3.

The lead wouldn't last too long, as Tom Brady and Wes Welker did what they did best... drive and score. Brady completed a one-yard touchdown to Welker on third-and-goal, to give the lead back to New England.

Baltimore would get the ball back, not do much with it, and the Patriots would have the ball in their hands with two minutes to go. They drive down the field, get much-needed plays, including one on fourth-and-one, and get into the red zone. After Brady had his famous kick-to-the-groin of Ed Reed, the Patriots had no time to run anymore plays. They would settle for a field goal, their last three points of the game. New England led 13-7 at halftime.

In the second half, it was all Baltimore.

On the second Ravens' possession of the half, it was Dennis Pitta time. "American Express" had three receptions for 32 yards and a touchdown on the drive, as the Ravens re-took the lead, 14-13.

From there, it only got better for the men in white.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Joe Flacco threw a three yard pass to Anquan Boldin for a touchdown, giving Baltimore a 21-13 lead.

On the ensuing Patriots drive, Bernard Pollard, a.k.a. "The Patriot Killer," NAILS New England running back Stevan Ridley, forcing a fumble, recovered by Baltimore.

The Ravens would capitalize on the turnover, as Flacco throws another touchdown pass to Boldin, giving them a comfortable 28-13 lead. Of course, there was still plenty of time for Brady and the Patriots.

Unfortunately for Boston sports fans, Tom Brady would throw two interceptions with the game on the line (Dannell Ellerbe & Cary Williams) and the Ravens would advance to Super Bowl XLVII after a win in the 2011 AFC Championship rematch, 28-13.

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