It was a shaky start for the Patriots offense. In New England's first possession, Tom Brady wasn't ready for the snap, which resulted in a recovered fumble by Wes Welker. The following play, the Ravens defense blitzed and sacked Brady.
With Aaron Hernandez out, we only expected, and hoped, that Wes Welker would have a more prominent role this week. Not only did he start, he was lined up with the special teams for a punt return during the first quarter, and his first reception recorded for 59 yards. Welker had 142 yards in the game but no touchdowns.
New England was on the board at 7:52 in the first quarter and lead the ravens 3-0 with a 37-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski.
The free agent rookie running back, Brandon Bolden, ran two yards into the end-zone after Steve Gregory intercepted a pass by Joe Flacco giving the Patriots a 10-0 lead.
Torrey Smith closed the gap to 13-7 with a 25-yard touchdown catch. Smith insisted that he played in Sunday night's game after his brother passed away earlier that morning. Smith recorded his second touchdown of the night with 4:08 left in the fourth quarter. The Ravens trailed the Patriots with a score of 30-28.
Dennis Pitta had a touchdown adding to the Ravens' offence with a 20-yard catch.
We were embraced with the return of Deion Branch after he caught his first pass of the season late in the second quarter for 11 yards. With less than 10 seconds left, Brady threw to Julian Edelman for a 7-yard touchdown.
Ray Rice bolted seven yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter to give the Ravens a 21-20 lead. Julian Edelman returned in the third quarter, but only for a short period of time, as he quickly went back to the locker room.
Danny Woodhead had a three-yard touchdown.
The Patriots defense looked great against the Ravens, however, they were not able to capitalize on interception chances.
The Patriots are now 1-2 and the last time they had a losing record was in 2003. The New England Patriots will travel to Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday playing Buffalo in hopes of getting the team record to .500.