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Ravens still have right formula for Brady

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady's pass deflected high into the air off the hand of Baltimore DE Pernell McPhee before floating gently downfield and into the arms of LB Dannell Ellerbe.

On the next series, CB Cary Williams intercepted Brady in the end zone, sealing the Ravens' 28-13 victory.

Brady had thrown 37 touchdowns and just eight interceptions in 17 games. But the Ravens often have given him trouble.

They are the only team against whom he has thrown more interceptions (10) than touchdowns (eight). His 49.1 rating in a 33-14 playoff loss to them on Jan. 10, 2010, is among his lowest ever.

"We just couldn't make any critical plays," Brady said. "They kept the pressure on, and we didn't stand up to the challenge."

A bright spot: Brady now has 5,949 yards passing, the most in NFL history for the postseason.

Missed chance: New England led 13-7 at halftime. But the lead could have been bigger.

Late in the half, Danny Woodhead ran for 7 yards on a direct snap on fourth and 1. Soon after, Ravens DE Paul Kruger found himself downfield on TE Aaron Hernandez on what became a 17-yard reception.

But Brady made a mental mistake.

After scrambling for 5 yards, about 20 seconds remained. He failed to get his teammates lined up quickly and finally called timeout with four seconds left. Instead of getting a shot in the end zone, the Patriots settled for Stephen Gostkowski's 25-yard field goal.

Big hit, big fumble: Patriots RB Stevan Ridley left in the fourth quarter after a helmet-to-helmet hit by S Bernard Pollard. Ridley twisted awkwardly as he fell to the turf, landing on his bottom and knocking the ball loose with his knee in the process. Ridley did not move his legs for about a minute.

DE Arthur Jones recovered the fumble. And four plays later, Anquan Boldin's 11-yard touchdown catch put the Ravens up 28-13 with 11:13 left.

More injuries: The Patriots also lost CB Aqib Talib (thigh) and DT Kyle Love (knee) and S Patrick Chung (unknown) during the first half.

Ravens still have right formula for Brady 01/21/13 [Last modified: Sunday, January 20, 2013 11:34pm]
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