New England Patriots Defeat Baltimore Ravens In OT
October 17th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

No Randy Moss, no problem for the New England Patriots on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.

Former Patriot wide receiver Deion Branch was re-signed with the team and made sure that Moss was not missed in New England’s first game without him this season.  Branch hauled in nine receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots 23-20 win in over time.

“Tom and I have been away for four years and I honestly don’t feel we missed a beat,” Branch said after the game.

Branch and Brady spearheaded the Patriots comeback to win the game, as they were down 10 points in the fourth quarter.  In addition to the touchdown reception, Branch caught two passes on the game-winning drive in the extra session to allow for place kick Stephen Gostkowski to get the win.

Brady finished 27 of 44 for 292 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions on the afternoon. Despite the two picks, Brady was able to execute in the fourth quarter to allow for a chance to win the game in over time.

The game nearly finished in a tie, as the Patriots and Ravens went under two minutes before New England notched the win.

“It’s very rewarding to be the last person to touch the ball and walk off winners,” Gostkowski said.

The Ravens entered the game with only one loss on the season, and were the consensus best team in football.  That perception is sure to change, as the Patriots stamped their place among the conversation as the midway point of the season approaches.  The Patriots move to 4-1 on the year, while Baltimore drops to 4-2.

For the Ravens, quarterback Joe Flacco completed 27 of 35 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns, but were unable to come up with the plays in over time to get the victory.

“It’s tough when you think you have the game won,” Flacco said.

Despite the Ravens coming in hot, oddsmakers may have known what they were talking about when installing this line.  The Patriots were set as a three-point favorite on USA Online Sportsbooks and NFL Betting odds, with the line going down as a push and the game taking the under.

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