Ravens dismantle Pats, advance to face Colts
It was over when ...
Willis McGahee ran 3 yards into the end zone standing up. The Ravens' subsequent two-point coversion attempt was unsuccessful, giving Baltimore a 19-point lead with 10:32 remaining. A 44-yard field goal attempt by Stephen Gostkowski on the Patriots' next drive sailed wide right, ending any chance of keeping New England in the game.
Ray Rice got things going with an 83-yard touchdown run up the middle on the game's first play from scrimmage. He went on to finish with 159 yards and two touchdowns on 22 caries.
Even with Joe Flacco having a passer rating of 2.8 at the half with a grand total of 9 passing yards, the Ravens went into the locker room with a 24-7 lead. Baltimore scored 24 points in the first quarter, 17 of which came off three turnovers by Tom Brady (two interceptions, one fumble). Baltimore's 24 first-quarter points were the second-most ever for a quarter in the postseason.
The Ravens defeated the Patriots for the first time in six tries. ... The Ravens are 3-0 all-time on the road in wild-card games and tied the Cowboys with the most playoff wins in a decade on the road (six). ... The Patriots lost at home for the first time this season and had their postseason home winning streak snapped at 11. ... With a second-quarter interception, Ravens S Ed Reed now has six in as many playoff games. ... Ravens LB Terrell Suggs has five sacks in his last four playoff games. ... The Ravens have never allowed a 100-yard rusher in 11 playoff game, the third-longest active streak in the NFL. ... Patriots CB Shawn Springs and WR Sam Aiken left the game with head injuries and did not return. ... Ravens TE Todd Heap injured his leg late in the fourth quarter.Coach John Harbaugh said after the game "I don't think it's real serious, but we'll have to see."