The Patriots (11-2) beat the Ravens (7-6) 30-23 on “Monday Night Football” with Tom Brady’s 406 yards and three touchdown passes. Brady notched his 450th career touchdown pass and is the fourth quarterback in NFL history with at least 450. He is also the fastest QB to reach 100 home wins.
Brady was 25 of 38 passing and threw one interception, only his second interception of the season. He led the Patriots to their fourth consecutive win and are closing in on another AFC East title.
New England started strong against the Ravens up 23-3 until Baltimore scored twice in a row off Patriots fumbles on special teams. Ravens receiver Chris Moore picked up a New England punt at the Patriots 3-yard line and Baltimore scored in two plays. Then Patriots returner Matt Slater lost the ball after a hit by Ravens linebacker Patrick Onwuasor. Baltimore Corner Shareece Wright recovered for the Ravens that resulted in another touchdown, closing the gap on the Patriots 23-20.
In the fourth quarter Brady threw to Chris Hogan for a 79-yard touchdown to secure the win.
The Ravens started the week as the NFL top-ranked defense, giving up 296.1 yards per game. The Patriots had a great defensive effort by linebacker Shea McClellin hurdled over the Ravens’ line and blocked Justin Tucker’s 34-yard field goal attempt.
The Ravens’ loss dropped them to second place in the AFC North, before they faced the Patriots they were tied for first with Pittsburgh.
Joe Flacco threw 37 of 52 for 324 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Raven’s cornerback Jimmy Smith left the game in the first quarter with an ankle injury.