Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/24/12

Baltimore Ravens 31

New England Patriots 30

A Sunday night match-up that lived up to the hype. The Baltimore Ravens (2-1) and the New England Patriots (2-1) took the game down to the wire, coming down to a game winning kick as time expired. An offensive shootout from the word go, fantasy points were scored at high rates in this contest. Both quarterbacks marched their teams up and down the field as the offenses combined for a total of 59 points. 

New England Patriots: Tom Brady racked up 335 yards passing to go along with one touchdown. Brady looked a little tentative at first but really picked it up after getting a feel of what the Ravens defensive game plan was.

Stevan Ridley may have been the lone disappointment from Sunday night finishing the game with only 37 yards rushing on 13 attempts. Ridley's carries were cut into by Danny Woodhead (15 attempts) who was involved more in this game than usual.

Wes Welker is still the Wes Welker of old putting up a very impressive 8/142/0 stat line on 10 targets. Welker started and played virtually every snap of two or more wide-sets. With Hernandez out and Julian Edelman not returning after a hand injury right before the half, Welker stepped up in a big way.

Brandon Lloyd had his most productive game as a Patriot reeling in nine catches for 109 yards but had no touchdowns. He also led the team in targets with 12.

Rob Gronkowski was also a bit disappointing but everyone is human, Gronk is allowed to have an off week. He finished with a 2/21/0 stat line.

 

Baltimore Ravens: Joe Flacco had his best game so far this season finishing with an impressive 382 yards with three touchdowns and only one interception. He showed confidence after throwing the pick early in the game but bounced back nicely and ended up having a great game.

Ray Rice had quite the fantasy night as well racking up 150 total yards (101 rushing) and one touchdown. Rice definitely lived up to his very high first round draft pick in this one.

Torrey Smith perhaps played a game of inspired football after losing his younger brother very early Sunday morning in a motorcycle accident. Something that had to be tough to overcome for Smith but he did and he did it well. Smith finished with 6/127/2 in what could have been his best game yet as a pro, a definite coming out game for him.

Anquan Boldin was targeted seven times and reeled in four of the for 48 yards. The type of game that we have come to expect from Boldin. He is not an every week starter but will be a good guy to have for a bye week filler as he still will get his games.

Jacoby Jones finished with 3/86/0 on four targets.

Dennis Pitta was a popular waiver-wire addition and while he was quiet for most of three quarters Pitta finally showed up finishing the game with a 5/50/1 stat line. Not an overwhelming performance but good enough if you got him from the waiver-wire to replace somebody like Aaron Hernandez.

 

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