5 Things You Need to Know About Sunday's Patriots Game Against Baltimore
It’s Week 3 in the NFL as the New England Patriots travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens in a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship game. Here's what you need to know about today's game.
Two of the top teams in the AFC meet Sunday night on national television (NBC) when the New England Patriots take on the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kick-off is 8:20 p.m.
In a rematch from last year’s AFC Championship game, which the Patriots won 23-20, both teams enter Sunday’s matchup at 1-1 after the Pats and Ravens dropped close, dramatic games last week. The Ravens lost at Philadelphia, 24-23, while the Patriots lost their home opener to the Cardinals in Foxborough, 20-18.
The Pats enter Week 3 tied atop the AFC East with each team in the division posting a 1-1 mark through Week 2. Last Sunday's loss marked just the second regular season loss for the Patriots at Gillette Stadium in the team's past 26 contests (dating back to 2008), and their first home opener defeat since 2002.
The Ravens enter Sunday’s game having won 11 straight at M&T Bank Stadium and are tied with the Patriots for best home record since 2008 at 28-5.
Here's five things you need to know about Sunday's game against the Ravens:
1. Today's Broadcast (TV and Radio)
TV: This week’s game will be televised nationally on NBC at 8:20 p.m. Al Michaels will provide play-by-play while Cris Collinsworth will serve as the broadcast analyst.
RADIO: Legendary play-by-play man Gil Santos will be joined by former Patriots quarterback and current 98.5 The Sports Hub personality, Scott Zolak. Tune in to 98.5 The Sports Hub to listen to Sunday's game.
2. Patriots-Ravens Series at a Glance
The Patriots have never lost to the Ravens in the regular season in six meetings.
Regular Season Series History:
- Oct. 6, 1996 – Patriots 46, Baltimore 38 (@ Baltimore)
- Jan. 2, 2000 – Patriots 20, Baltimore 3 (@ Foxborough)
- Nov. 28, 2004 – Patriots 24, Baltimore 3 (@ Foxborough)
- Dec. 3, 2007 – Patriots 27, Baltimore 24 (@ Baltimore)
- Oct. 4, 2009 – Patriots 27, Baltimore 21 (@ Foxborough)
- Oct. 17, 2010 – Patriots 23-20 OT (@ Foxborough)
Postseason Series (Tied 1-1)
- Jan. 10, 2010 – Ravens 33, Patriots 14 (@ Foxborough) AFC Wild Card Playoff
- Jan. 22, 2012 – Patriots 23, Ravens 20 (@ Foxborough) AFC Championship
3. The Last Time the Patriots and Ravens Met ...
The Patriots defeated the Ravens, 23-20 in last January’s AFC Championship game to advance to Super Bowl XLVI.
The game featured two memorable plays at the end of the fourth quarter – Patriots cornerback Sterling Moore forced Ravens wide receiver Lee Evans to drop a Joe Flacco pass in the end zone with 22 seconds left and Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff missed the game-tying, 32-yard field goal, pushing the attempt wide left. Flacco completed 22 of 36 passes for 306 yards in the game while Tom Brady was 22-of-36 for 239 yards.
4. New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens Injury Reports for Sunday
Patriots Injury Report:
- Tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle) will not play Sunday
- Guard Dan Connolly (concussion) is questionable Sunday
- Defensive end Brandon Deaderick (ankle) will not play Sunday
- Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring) will not play Sunday
- Tight end Daniel Fells (shin) is questionable Sunday
- Defensive tackle Justin Francis (ankle) will not play Sunday
- Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (thigh) is questionable Sunday
- Guard Logan Mankins (hip) is questionable Sunday
- Offensive lineman Nick McDonald (shoulder) is questionable Sunday
- Cornerback Sterling Moore (knee) is questionable Sunday
- Running back Shane Vereen (foot) is questionable Sunday
- Offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back) is questionable Sunday
- Safety Patrick Chung (shoulder) is probable Sunday
Ravens Injury Report:
- Linebacker Jameel McClain (knee) is probable Sunday
- Defensive end Pernell McPhee (knee) is probable Sunday
- Safety Bernard Pollard (chest) is probable Sunday
- Offensive tackle Jah Reid (calf) is doubtful Sunday
- Cornerback Lardarius Webb (knee) is probable Sunday
- Linebacker Paul Kruger (back) is probable Sunday
- Offensive tackle Michael Oher (ankle) is probable Sunday
5. Patriots-Ravens Connections
- Baltimore executive vice president/general manager Ozzie Newsome began his front office career as a special assignment scout with the Browns in 1991 when Bill Belichick was the head coach.
- Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees spent six seasons (2004- 09) on the Patriots’ coaching staff. He spent his final four years in New England as the defensive coordinator. During his tenure guiding the defense, the Patriots were the only team in the NFL to finish in the Top 10 in scoring defense in four-consecutive seasons.
- Belichick’s first coaching job in the NFL was with the Baltimore Colts in 1975 as a special assistant to then- head coach Ted Marchibroda. Baltimore finished 10-4 that season en route to claiming the AFC East Division championship.
- Patriots special teams coach Scott O’Brien held the same position for the Cleveland Browns from 1991-95 and made the move to Baltimore with the franchise to coach the Ravens’ special teams for three seasons (1996-98).
- Ravens safety James Ihedigbo played with New England in 2011, seeing action in 16 games (12 starts) and posting 72 tackles (50 solo).
- Ravens defensive end Arthur Jones is the older brother of Patriots rookie defensive end Chandler Jones. The Jones brothers grew up in Endicott, N.Y., and both attended Syracuse University, playing together in 2009. Their middle brother, Jon “Bones,” is a UFC Champion, who fights in Toronto on Sept. 22.
High School/Hometown Connections
- Belichick was raised in Annapolis, Md. Belichick played football and lacrosse at Annapolis High School, where he is currently enshrined in the Hall of Fame. His father, Steve, coached at the U.S. Naval Academy for 33 years.
- Patriots Pro Bowl cornerback Kyle Arrington is from Brandywine, Md. He attended Gwynn Park High School (Prince George’s County), where he led his high school team to a regional championship in 2004.
- Ravens defensive line coach Clarence Brooks is from New Bedford, where he lettered in football and track and field. Brooks’ son, Jason, was born in Amherst.
- Ihedigbo is from Amherst, where he attended Amherst Regional High School and was a two-time All-Western Massachusetts and All-League selection.
- Ravens defensive line coach Clarence Brooks coached the same position at the University of Massachusetts from 1976-80. Brooks’ son, Jason, the Ravens’ offensive quality control coach, also coached the Minutemen (assistant defensive backs) in 2007.
- Ravens linebacker Courtney Upshaw (2008-11) and Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower (2008-11) won two National Championships at Alabama (2009 & 2011) and each earned multiple All-American honors.
- Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith (27th) and Patriots tackle Nate Solder (17th) were 2011 first-round draft picks from the University of Colorado.
- From 2005-07, Ravens running back Ray Rice (2005-07) and Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty (2005-09) played together at Rutgers. Patriots defensive end Justin Francis (2007-11) played one year with Rice and McCourty.
- Ravens safety Ed Reed (1998-01) and tackle Bryant McKinnie (2000-01), and Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (2001-03) played on the 2001 Miami Hurricanes BCS National Championship team (12-0).
Note: Information provided by the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots Media Relations Departments.