Torrey Smith relies on Ravens to handle grief, defeat Patriots (+video)
Torrey Smith was a key factor in the Baltimore Ravens 31-30 victory over the New England Patriots. Smith turned to his Raven teammates Sunday after his brother died in a motorcycle accident. "I gave him a psalm," teammate Ed Reed said.
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"It's a football game and we can't control that," McCourty said. "If a flag is thrown, that's something we can't worry about."Skip to next paragraph
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As the officials were leaving the field, Patriots coach Bill Belichick grabbed one of them by the arm. He didn't pursue as the official continued to run off the field.
"I'm not going to comment on that," Belichick said. "You saw the game. What did we have, 30 penalties called in that game?"
Actually, 24 — including 14 against the Ravens for 135 yards.
Joe Flacco went 28 for 39 for 382 yards and three touchdowns for the Ravens, who amassed 503 yards in offense.
Tom Brady completed 28 of 41 passes for 335 yards and a score as the Patriots (1-2) fell below .500 for the first time since Week 1 of 2003.
"We didn't move the ball consistently enough to score points, score touchdowns," Brady said.
But Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said, "We didn't do what we needed to do to help our offense tonight."
New England led 13-0 after the first quarter and 30-21 with 14 minutes left, but couldn't make either lead stand up.
Down 20-14, the Ravens opened the second half with an 80-yard drive that ended with a 7-yard touchdown run by Rice. Brady matched that with an 80-yard march of his own, repeatedly picking on cornerback Cary Williams, before Danny Woodhead scored on a 3-yard run to put New England ahead.
After Stephen Gostkowski kicked his third field goal to make it 30-21, Smith caught a 5-yard touchdown pass with 4:01 left to get the Ravens to 30-28. Flacco went 6 for 7 for 76 yards in the 92-yard drive.
Baltimore executed the game-winning drive in the final 2 minutes.
Brady answered with a touchdown pass of his own, a 7-yarder to Julian Edelman with 2 seconds left to cap an 81-yard, beat-the-clock march.
NOTES: Brady moved into 12th place on the career yardage list, past Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana (40,551). ... Flacco's ninth 300-yard passing game passed Vinny Testaverde for most in Ravens history. ... Edelman left with a hand injury. ... Baltimore punted only three times.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
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