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Patriots vs. Ravens: New England falls to Baltimore 37-26 in home opener

New England drops to 1-2 on the season.

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For the first time this season, the New England Patriots took their home field at Gillette Stadium. It was not home sweet home, however, as the Patriots dropped their Week 3 contest 37-26 to the Baltimore Ravens.

To make matters worse, quarterback Mac Jones hobbled off late in the fourth quarter with an apparent left leg injury.

Final Score: Patriots 26 : 37 Ravens

September 25, 1 p.m. ET | Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA | Broadcast Information | Inactives

First quarter

The Patriots won the coin toss and deferred, putting the ball in Lamar Jackson’s hands to start the afternoon. New England’s defense was up for the task, forcing a three-and-out as Daniel Ekuale batted down Jackson’s third down pass.

New England’s offense got off to a fast start as Mac Jones found DeVante Parker on a crosser for a 31-yard gain. The Patriots offense failed to move the ball after that, as Isaiah Wynn was flagged for an illegal formation and Jones was sacked by Patrick Queen on third-down.

Baltimore’s next offensive drive got off to a slow start before Lamar avoided New England’s pass rush and scrambled for a first-down. Jackson then got going with his go-to guy Mark Andrews. The tight end hauled in a pair of back-to-back completions for 17- and 11-yards before snagging a one-handed pass for a first-down two plays later. Andrews then finished off the drive, snagging a shovel pass from Jackson for a five-yard score. [Patriots 0 : 7 Ravens]

The Patriots’ broke out back-to-back gap style runs with Rhamondre Stevenson to begin their next drive for gains of eight- and 10-yards. Jones then connected with Parker again for a big play off a play-action pass for 40 yards. Penalties then plagued the offense again, as Isaiah Wynn was called for a hold, his second penalty of the day. New England was forced to settle for a 35-yard field goal. [Patriots 3 : 7 Ravens]

Second quarter

Deatrich Wise Jr. continued his strong start to the game (and year) recording his second sack of the game on second-down. A false start penalty backed Baltimore up even further, as Jackson’s third-down pass fell incomplete down field.

New England’s next drive crossed mid-field after a 13-yard completion on third-down to Nelson Agholor on a crosser. The Patriots then dialed up the aggressiveness, going for it on fourth-and-three from the Baltimore 33. Jones threw short of the sticks to Kendrick Bourne who was smothered by Marlon Humphrey, who made the tackle for the fourth-down stop.

Wise continued his dominant play, catching up to Lamar Jackson and bringing him down outside the pocket for his third sack of the first half. The Ravens backed up again after another Morgan Moses pre-snap penalty, before Jackson’s next pass was intercepted by Jonathan Jones - setting the Patriots up at Baltimore’s 31-yard line.

New England continued to dial up the creativity on offense post-interception, hitting Jonnu Smith on a RPO to start the drive. After a pair of strong runs from Rhamondre Stevenson set the Patriots up near the goal line, Jones scrambled himself for a three-yard touchdown and celebrated by hitting the griddy. [Patriots 10 : 7 Ravens]

Baltimore’s offense got to work on the ground after back-to-back three play drives. They found success in their power-run game on the ground as Lamar, J.K. Dobbins, and Justice Hill ripped off strong runs to reach the red area. From there, Jackson lobbed up a slightly under-thrown ball in the middle of the end zone for Mark Andrews, who went over Devin McCourty to haul in a touchdown. [Patriots 10 : 14 Ravens]

Looking to get on the board before half-time, Jones dumped off a pass to Stevenson for 11 yards before throwing a strike downfield to Kendrick Bourne for 22 yards. Jones again found Bourne for 10 yards up to the Baltimore 42-yard line with one second remaining in the half. Nick Folk nailed a 50-yard field goal to get within one at the half. [Patriots 13 : 14 Ravens]

Third quarter

The Patriots offense got off to a fast start in the second half, as Jones found DeVante Parker deep down the left sideline for a 36-yard gain. Jones then went back to Parker three plays later down the same sideline for 25 yards. After a dangerous pass from Jones was almost intercepted, Damien Harris punched in a two-yard score to finish off a seven play, 75-yard drive. [Patriots 20 : 14 Ravens]

Trailing on their first drive of the second half, Baltimore’s offense got to work. On third-down, Jackson found Devin Duvernay for a 21-yard gain before Justice Hill broke a 34-yard run two plays later. Set up at the New England one-yard line, Jackson found Josh Oliver across the middle of the field in the end zone for a score. [Patriots 20 : 21 Ravens]

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After a four-yard Stevenson run, Jones found Hunter Henry for a first down. That was all the success the offense found, as Jones was sacked on third-down. The dangerous Devin Duvernay then struck in the return game, breaking off a 43-yard punt return to start the Ravens next drive at New England’s 44-yard line.

Starting with strong field position, Lamar wasted no time breaking off a 38-yard run on the Ravens first play from scrimmage. On third-and-goal, Jackson threw a perfect ball to Duvernay - who went over Myles Bryant to make the catch - in the back right corner of the end zone for a score. [Patriots 20 : 28 Ravens]

Trailing by eight, things got worse for New England. Off a play-action throw, Jones failed to see Josh Bynes underneath Parker’s route and was intercepted.

Needing a stop, that is actually what the Patriots defense did. After a pair of runs from Justice Hill, Lamar’s third-down pass just missed Rashod Bateman down the field. Justin Tucker nailed a 56-yard field goal to extend the Ravens lead. [Patriots 20 : 31 Ravens]

Fourth quarter

Now trailing by double digits, Rhamondre Stevenson broke off runs of seven and 18 yards before Jones again found Parker down field for a 24-yard gain. On third-and-nine, Jones’ scramble came up just short leaving New England to go for it on fourth-and-one. On fourth-down, Jones extended the play before finding Jonnu Smith on the back side for a chaotic conversion. Stevenson punched in a one-yard score two plays later before another wild play during the two-point conversion, which ultimately failed after review. [Patriots 26 : 31 Ravens]

Injury Update: DL Lawerence Guy Sr. (shoulder) is been downgraded to out

On Baltimore’s first offensive play, Jackson found Bateman downfield in tight coverage, but Jonathan Jones quickly ripped the ball free. Jabrill Peppers recovered and returned it to Baltimore’s 39-yard line.

Back with the ball, Mac continued to make plays with his legs, breaking off a 10-yard scramble after back-to-back gains from Damien Harris. On third-and-goal from the 10, Jones lofted a regrettable pass to Parker in the end zone which was intercepted by Marlon Humphrey.

The Patriots defense came up with another big stop, even after Jackson found Andrews on a crosser for 25-yard gain. New England held strong, however, forcing a punt three plays later.

With 6:32 remaining in the game, New England’s offense took the field looking for a go-ahead score. The opposite occurred, as Jones found Nelson Agholor across the middle of the field for a 30-yard game, but Agholor was stripped by Kyle Hamilton in the process. Marcus Peters recovered, putting Baltimore’s offense back on the field.

After an incompletion to Mark Andrews, Jackson found Bateman on the left sideline for a 35-yard catch and run. Two plays later, Jackson pulled away from Wise along the edge for a 20-yard gain on the ground. Jackson went right back to Andrews for back-to-back completing before taking it himself for a nine-yard score. [Patriots 26 : 37 Ravens]

Before the two-minute warning, Jones found Bourne for a 26-yard gain. Disaster struck afterwards, as Jones was interception and came up hurt, putting no weight on his left leg. He went straight to the locker room.

The Ravens kneeled out the clock. [Patriots 26 : 37 Ravens]

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