Instead of essentially abandoning the running game like they did a week ago during the second half of a loss to the
During the Ravens' dramatic 31-30 win over the
Giving the football to Rice continues to be an effective strategy for offensive coordinator
Rice rushed for a game-high 101 yards on 20 carries, averaging 5.2 yards per carry. Rice also contributed five receptions for 49 yards.
"It felt good to get the running game going," Rice said. "The run set up the pass. They were in a lot of Cover 2 and we knew they were going to do that.
"I didn't want to get in a scoring match with them, but when they got ahead we never hung our heads, we just continued to battle and I was enjoying the back and forth. It was a heavyweight fight."
The Patriots entered the game with the second-ranked defense in the
"That defense over there is a great defense," Rice said. "They don't get much credit because they have
Just as the Ravens were building some momentum with Rice, though, rookie running back
"How surprised was I about fourth-and-one?" Rice said. "We won the game. That's all that matters. Bernard Pierce is 230 pounds. I'm 210 pounds. So, the moral of the story is we won the game."
Unlike the chip shot that former
Tucker narrowly made a 27-yard field goal with two seconds remaining, a game-winning kick as the Ravens defeated the Patriots, 31-30, Sunday night at M&T Bank Stadium.
"It was pretty cool," Tucker said. "It may not have sunk in yet. Hopefully, this is one of many. I relish the opportunity. It's fun. I'm excited."
The kick almost traveled too far to the right, but the former University of Texas standout got the job done.
"Bottom line is it went in," Tucker said. "That's all I care about. It went in."
"If I was, I would not admit it," Harbaugh said. "The first one did look a little more clean, I will say."
Tucker acknowledged that the kick did carry some extra emotions for him as he dealt with the higher stakes of the situation.
"I try to make it feel the same, but, at the same time, you can't help it," Tucker said. "There's a lot of emotion. There's a lot of history between these two teams. It's just one of those things that you accept, and you've really just got to embrace it and embrace it in the moment."
Tucker unseated Cundiff, a former
He's now made the first seven kicks of his
"I was already sending my farewells," running back
"I'm really happy for him," Cox said. "It's a summation of all the hard work we put in. Lead him the right way and keep him focused and grounded."
Tucker has a certain swagger, particularly for a kicker, which resonates with his teammates in the locker room.
"Tucker's money, man," strong safety
Rookie outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw started his second consecutive game. Starting ahead of
Kruger substituted for Upshaw and wound up with three tackles, including one for a loss.
Using a platoon system didn't create much of a pass rush, though, for Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees against his old team.
By the fourth quarter, the Ravens had only one sack and three hits on
The sack was by
Belichick chases the refs
While running off the field following the
Belichick grabbed his arm to get his attention and yelled at the official, who twisted away from Belichick and headed to the locker room.
Belichick was irate at the officials throughout the game.
Making contact with an official is likely to draw a hefty fine for Belichick, particularly following a warning to
"I'm not going to comment about that," Belichick said when asked about his confrontation with the official. "You saw the game. What did we have, 30 penalties called in that game?
Actually, the Patriots were penalized 10 times for 83 yards and the Ravens were penalized 14 times for 135 yards.
"Can someone please tell these [expletive] zebras foot locker called and they’re needed Back at work !!!!
#BreakingPoint," Patrots linebacker
Meanwhile, Ravens coach
Harbaugh said he was trying to get the official's attention to call a timeout, but it came off as bumping him.
"I guess I didn't understand how he interpreted it, but what we're told is to get the timeout where they can see it in front of their face in those situations," Harbaugh said. "That's what I've been told for five years going into this game. I think he took it as bumping him. I didn't mean to bump him. I wanted to call a timeout, so I apologize for bumping, but the intent was to call a timeout."
Belichick was visibly irate after a questionable offensive pass interference call on wide receiver
However, the contact appeared minimal at best. And it enraged Belichick, who was spotted yelling at the officials on at least one other occasion.
When asked if he thinks he'll be fined for making contact with an official, Belichick replied: "No."
Welker gets deep
The reports of veteran wide receiver
Welker finished the game with eight catches for 142 yards while
There has been speculation that Welker, a franchise player, had fallen out of favor with the Patriots' organization due to his contract stalemate, a piece of business that played out far more publicly than the secretive
A painful nerve impingement in his neck and shoulder has periodically affected free safety Ed Reed for the past few seasons, occasionally hampering his tackling effectiveness.
However, that ailment didn't slow down the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year against the Patriots.
Reed crushed Julian Edelman in the end zone when the wide receiver attempted to run a crossing pattern in front of him. The huge hit dislodged the football, preventing a touchdown.
He finished the game with seven tackles, one for a loss and a pass deflection.
Days before kickoff, Reed reflected on the constant chess match with Brady.
"He's always playing the game with you, so to say," Reed said. "He's great in his checks and everything and in taking his time. He's a very patient quarterback. Brady, he's a good quarterback, man, a hell of a competitor."
Despite a painful rib contusion suffered a week ago, strong safety
Pollard got injured last week while sacking Eagles quarterback
He had six tackles, one for a loss, with a pass deflection.
"I'm all right," Pollard said. "I played and I finished the game. Before I went out there, I was going to play fast, physical and hard. I feel good, man. Everybody is hurting. I'm not any different from any man in this locker room. With this game, you never play it 100 percent."
One week after outside linebacker
Kindle had a tackle against the Eagles, but didn't mount much of a pass rush. Offensive tackle
Reid was doubtful on the final injury report.
The Ravens reported no new injuries. ... The Patriots scratched tight end