Week 16: New England Patriots 41, Baltimore Ravens 7- Post Game Thoughts

The Patriots are able to go into Baltimore and blow out the Ravens (something that few teams have been able to do), 41-7.  The Pats sprinted out to an early 17-0 lead in the first half and their defense was able to hold the Ravens back for a majority of the game.  New England was able to make some yards on the ground in this game.  LeGarrette Blount rumbled into the end zone twice in this game and the team carried the ball 34 times in this game, and passed it only 28 times.  Tom Brady was sacked only twice, which was huge in this one because the Ravens have historically been able to bring him down.  This is partially due to the fact that the team was able to run the ball all evening on Baltimore, that which slowed down the pass rush.  I thought that Bill Belichick came into this game with a good plan and his team executed it well.  They out-toughed the Ravens; beat them at their own game if you will.  The fact that they were able to win in this fashion sets the (now AFC East champs) up for a successful postseason run.  The Ravens were red hot going into this game, and the Pats crushed them.  There is no reason to believe that they can’t do the same thing to any of the other five teams in the AFC that will be joining them in the playoffs.  For Baltimore, they now need to win and prey for help next week.  Unfortunately for them they will be taking on the Bengals in Cincinnati, a place where they have not lost all year long.  Their backs are against the wall, but if they do get into the playoffs, I would not want to play them, even with this embarrassing home loss.

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