Patriots Hold On Against The Upstart Ravens
The New England Patriots knew that a matchup with the Baltimore Ravens would be a good barometer for where this 2009 squad stands. By the end of a four-quarter struggle, the Patriots were worn but still standing with a 27-21 victory over the Ravens on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
Tom Brady and Randy Moss finally hooked up for their first touchdown of the season, their first connection since Super Bowl XLII. Brady went 21-for-32 for 258 yards with a passing and rushing TD. Moss finished with three receptions for 50 yards.
New England had to stave off a late Baltimore rally as a Willis McGahee touchdown in the fourth quarter narrowed the Pats lead to three-points. However, a Stephen Gostkowski field goal with a little over seven minutes left, made it 27-21 and a dropped fourth-down pass from Michael Clayton with under a minute inside the New England red zone gave the Patriots the victory.
New England (3-1) won for the 18th straight time that Brady has started a game at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots travel to Denver to take on the 4-0 Broncos, who are led by former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.