The Patriots' defense looked as vulnerable as they have all evening to begin the second quarter. The Ravens finally got a run game going with the Ray Rice/Bernard Pierce tandem and capped off a six-minute, 90-yard drive with a two-yard Ray Rice touchdown.
The Patriots' offense was not to be denied as they answered the very next drive with a five-minute, 79-yard effort of their own, utilizing some tough runs by Stevan Ridley and finishing it off with a one-yard Wes Welker touchdown catch.
The defensive pressure of the Patriots was turned up on the subsequent drive, finally generating a pass rush as a Rob Ninkovich sack on third down stalled the Ravens deep in their own territory.
Another gainful Wes Welker punt return started a Patriots drive already touching in Ravens' territory. The Ravens' defense appeared to hold, but a direct snap to Danny Woodhead on 4th-and-1 kept the drive alive. Some questionable time-management foiled the Patriots when they were threatening on first-and-goal, but they still managed to add another Stephen Gostkowski field goal to increase the lead.
More injury updates:
DT Kyle Love (knee) and CB Aqib Talib (thigh) have yet to return, although they are both back on the sidelines.
S Patrick Chung also went down with an injury, although he was seen jogging on the sidelines.
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