2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Patriots-Ravens Capsule

By The Associated Press
    2013-12-19 13:04

NEW ENGLAND (10-4) at BALTIMORE (8-6)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE - Ravens by 2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New England 6-8, Baltimore 7-6-1

SERIES RECORD - Patriots lead 7-3

LAST MEETING - Ravens beat Patriots 28-13, Jan. 20, 2013

LAST WEEK - Patriots lost to Dolphins 24-20; Ravens beat Lions 18-16

AP PRO32 RANKING - Patriots No. 6, Ravens No. 11

PATRIOTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (12), PASS (6).

PATRIOTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (31), PASS (18).

RAVENS OFFENSE - OVERALL (29), RUSH (29), PASS (20).

RAVENS DEFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (7), PASS (13).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Teams have met in each of last two AFC championship games, both times in New England. Last meeting in Baltimore was in September 2012, 31-30 Ravens victory. Teams have split last six games overall. ... Since start of 2008 season, only Ravens have been to more AFC title games (3) than New England (2). ... Patriots coach Bill Belichick began coaching career with Baltimore Colts in 1975, and Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees held same post with New England. ... In six games (including playoffs), Patriots have allowed Ravens RB Ray Rice to rush for 566 yards and four TDs. ... Homecoming of sorts for Patriots rookie DE Joe Vellano, who played college ball at Maryland. ... With victory, Patriots will clinch fifth straight AFC East title and earn 15th playoff berth in 20 years. ... It would be Belichick's 11th division title, tied with Don Shula for most since 1970 AFL-NFL merger. ... Patriots QB Tom Brady seeking to tie Dan Marino for fourth place in career wins as starter. Marino had 147 with Miami. ... New England has won 17 of last 19 in December. ... New England WR Julian Edelman needs 11 catches to join Troy Brown and Wes Welker as only players in team history with 100 in a season. ... Patriots DE Chandler Jones leads team with career-high 11 1/2 sacks. ... Ravens can clinch sixth straight trip to playoff with victory and losses by Miami and San Diego. With wins in final two games, Baltimore will capture AFC North title. ... Coach John Harbaugh and QB Joe Flacco have made playoffs in previous five seasons together. ... Baltimore has won four straight, tied with 49ers for longest current streak in NFL. ... Ravens K Justin Tucker has made 33 straight field goal tries, fourth-longest streak in NFL history. He has accounted for 50 of team's last 88 points and beat Detroit last week with 61-yarder ... Baltimore has played NFL-high nine games decided by three points or fewer, going 5-4 and winning last three. ... Flacco needs 40 yards passing to become first Raven with five consecutive 3,500-yard seasons. . Ravens WR Torrey Smith last week reached 1,000 yards receiving in season for first time. In three games against Patriots, he averages 21.4 yards per catch and has scored three TDs. ... Baltimore is 39-8 at home under Harbaugh, who took over in 2008. ... Ravens LB Terrell Suggs has gone six straight games without sack, longest drought since 2006.

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Damien WilliamsAug 22 04:58p

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Jalil BrownAug 22 03:22p

The Miami Dolphins released CB Jalil Brown Friday, Aug. 22.

Michael EgnewAug 22 03:02p

The Miami Dolphins waived TE Michael Egnew Friday, Aug. 22.

Emmanuel SandersAug 22 11:22a

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (quadriceps) had a full practice Thursday, Aug. 21, and he could play in his first preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23.

Isaac RedmanAug 22 10:52a

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Christian PonderAug 22 10:42a

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Sean SpenceAug 22 01:02a

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Doug MartinAug 22 12:52a

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Heath MillerAug 22 12:42a

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Max StarksAug 21 09:32p

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Victor ButlerAug 21 09:12p

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LeSean McCoyAug 21 09:02p

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Jeremy MaclinAug 21 08:52p

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LeSean McCoyAug 21 08:32p

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Fendi OnobunAug 21 05:12p

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Mike CaussinAug 21 05:12p

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Isaiah PeadAug 21 05:12p

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Joe MaysAug 21 04:42p

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Eric WeemsAug 21 04:02p

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Manti Te'oAug 21 03:42p

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