The Patriots–Ravens rivalry is a National Football League (NFL) rivalry between the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens. Though the two franchises are in different divisions within the American Football Conference and did not start playing each other until the late 1990s, their rivalry is noted for competitiveness in the playoffs, especially in the late 2000s and early 2010s.
|First meeting||October 6, 1996|
Patriots 48, Ravens 38
|Latest meeting||December 12, 2016|
Patriots 30, Ravens 23
|Next meeting||November 3, 2019|
|All-time series||Patriots, 10–3|
|Postseason results||Tied, 2–2
Patriots 35, Ravens 31
|Largest victory||Patriots 41–7|
December 22, 2013
|Current win streak||Patriots, 3 |
The two teams first played each other in 1996, but the rivalry started in earnest in 2007 when the Ravens suffered a bitter 27–24 loss in the Patriots' quest for perfection. The rivalry began to escalate in 2009 when the Ravens lost to the Patriots 27–21 in a game that involved a confrontation between Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs. Both players would go on to take verbal shots at each other through the media after the game. The Ravens defeated the Patriots in the 2009 AFC Wild Card playoff game, 33–14, marking the first time the Ravens had ever defeated the Patriots. The Ravens faced the Patriots in week six of the 2010 season. The Patriots ended up winning 23–20 in overtime; the game caused controversy from a hit to the helmet of tight end Todd Heap by Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather.
The Ravens played the Patriots for the third consecutive season in the 2012 AFC championship game, which the Ravens lost 23–20. The rivalry reached a new level of friction with this, the second career playoff game between the two clubs. The Ravens clawed to a 20–16 lead in the fourth quarter, but Patriots quarterback Tom Brady dove into the end zone to make the score 23–20 with around 11 minutes remaining; this proved to be the winning touchdown. On the Ravens' last possession of the game, quarterback Joe Flacco threw a pass to wide receiver Lee Evans in the corner of the end zone that would have been the game-winning touchdown, but a last-second strip by Patriots corner Sterling Moore forced the ball from the hands of Evans, forcing the game to be decided on a last-minute field goal by Ravens placekicker Billy Cundiff. With 11 seconds remaining on the clock, Cundiff missed the 32-yard field goal attempt, allowing the Patriots to kill the clock on their way to Super Bowl XLVI for a rematch with the New York Giants.
The Ravens' first regular-season win over the Patriots came on September 23, 2012. The game was emotional as receiver Torrey Smith was competing following the death of his brother in a motorcycle accident just the night before. Smith caught two touchdowns in a back and forth game; the Ravens erased a 13–0 deficit in the first half and led 14–13, but the Patriots scored at the end of the second quarter for a 20–14 lead. The lead changed twice in the third quarter and the Patriots led 30–21 in the fourth, but the Ravens scored on Smith's second touchdown catch. The Ravens were stopped on fourth down but the Patriots had to punt; in the final two minutes a pass interference penalty on Devin McCourty put the ball at the Patriots 7-yard line; new Ravens kicker Justin Tucker booted a 27-yard field goal on the final play; the ball sailed directly over the upright and was ruled good; the quality of officiating by replacement referees caused controversy as Bill Belichick angrily reached for one of the referees as they were leaving the field, leading to a $50,000 fine later that week.
The two teams met again on January 20, 2013, in the AFC Championship, where the Ravens won 28–13. The Patriots led at halftime, 13–7, but the Ravens defense gave up no points in the 2nd half. It was the first time ever that Tom Brady lost a game at home after leading at halftime, and the first time a road team beat the Patriots in the AFC Championship. This win propelled the Ravens to Super Bowl XLVII in which they beat the San Francisco 49ers for their second franchise Lombardi Trophy.
The two teams met once again in the playoffs on January 10, 2015 at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots trailed by as much as 14 twice, before beating the Ravens 35–31 to advance to the AFC Championship.
|Patriots wins||Ties||Ravens wins||Patriots points||Ravens points|
In the last decade of match-ups (and in all the Flacco vs. Brady games), only 2 games have decided by more than 2 scores, a 2013 regular season 41–7 win for the Patriots and a 33–14 2010 NFL Wild Card Round win for the Ravens. The Patriots currently lead the series 10–3.
|Postseason Meeting||Tie||Overtime Result|
|Date||Winner||Result||Loser||Location||Attendance||Ravens QB||Patriots QB|
|October 6, 1996||New England Patriots||46–38||Baltimore Ravens||Memorial Stadium||63,569||Vinny Testaverde||Drew Bledsoe|
|January 2, 2000||New England Patriots||20–3||Baltimore Ravens||Foxboro Stadium||50,263||Tony Banks||Drew Bledsoe|
|November 28, 2004||New England Patriots||20–3||Baltimore Ravens||Gillette Stadium||68,756||Kyle Boller||Tom Brady|
|December 3, 2007||New England Patriots||27–24||Baltimore Ravens||M&T Bank Stadium||71,382||Kyle Boller||Tom Brady|
|October 4, 2009||New England Patriots||23–20||Baltimore Ravens||Gillette Stadium||68,756||Joe Flacco||Tom Brady|
|January 10, 2010||Baltimore Ravens||33–14||New England Patriots||Gillette Stadium||68,756||Joe Flacco||Tom Brady|
|October 17, 2010||New England Patriots||23–20||Baltimore Ravens||Gillette Stadium||68,756||Joe Flacco||Tom Brady|
|January 22, 2012||New England Patriots||23–20||Baltimore Ravens||Gillette Stadium||68,756||Joe Flacco||Tom Brady|
|September 23, 2012||Baltimore Ravens||31–30||New England Patriots||M&T Bank Stadium||71,269||Joe Flacco||Tom Brady|
|January 20, 2013||Baltimore Ravens||28–13||New England Patriots||Gillette Stadium||68,756||Joe Flacco||Tom Brady|
|December 22, 2013||New England Patriots||41–7||Baltimore Ravens||M&T Bank Stadium||71,269||Joe Flacco||Tom Brady|
|January 10, 2015||New England Patriots||35–31||Baltimore Ravens||Gillette Stadium||68,756||Joe Flacco||Tom Brady|
|December 12, 2016||New England Patriots||30–23||Baltimore Ravens||Gillette Stadium||66,829||Joe Flacco||Tom Brady|
Notes and referencesEdit
- "Tom Brady, Terrell Suggs Trash Talk After Game". The Huffington Post. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
- Ryan Hudson, Brandon Meriweather Says Hit On Todd Heap Was 'Split-Second Decision', SB Nation. Retrieved October 28, 2012.
- "2012 AFC Championship Game Rapid Reaction". ESPN. January 22, 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
- Paolantonio, Sal (September 24, 2012). "Big game for emotional Torrey Smith". ESPN. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
- Shalise Manza Young (September 24, 2012). "Patriots lose heartbreaker to Ravens". The Boston Globe. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
- Golen, Jimmy (January 20, 2013). "Ravens Win AFC Championship Game, Hold Off Patriots in Rematch to Reach Super Bowl". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on January 24, 2013. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
- "Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots – Box Score – January 10, 2015". ESPN. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
- "Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots Results". The Football Database. Retrieved March 31, 2018.