After a slow first quarter, with both teams punting on their first offensive drive, the offenses started to show up in the second quarter. Both New England and Baltimore combined to score 23 points in the 2nd quarter with New England heading into halftime with a 13-10 lead.
In the second half, Damian Harris led New England down the field on the Patriots first drive of the ending with a touchdown by Cam Newton to increase the lead to 20-10. After the touchdown, Baltimore tried to answer back but their drive ended with a failed 4th and 1 conversion. With Baltimore failing to make it on 4th and 1, Nick Folk increased the lead to 23-10 on a 20-yard field goal. Just as the third quarter came to an end, Baltimore made up for the failed 4th and 1 with a Lamar Jackson touchdown pass to Willie Snead to make it a 23-17 lead Patriots lead.
With the fourth quarter underway, Baltimore needed a touchdown to tie up the game and potentially end the game on an extra point but New England stepped up big time on defense stopping Baltimore on every chance to drive down the field in the 4th quarter. After an incomplete pass from Lamar Jackson to J.K. Dobbins, New England pulled out the win 23-17.
Although Cam Newton is the quarterback, this game was decided by the running game for New England with Damian Harris leading the way rushing for 121 yards on 22 carries. Harris was a huge difference maker and made his presence known throughout the game.
For Baltimore, Willie Snead was a difference-maker in the passing game despite the loss to New England. Snead had 5 receptions for 64 yards and 1 touchdown. Outside of Snead, Mark Andrews made his presence known in the passing game with 7 receptions for 61 yards.
For New England, Cam Newton threw for 118 yards and 1 touchdown while completing 13 out of his 17 passes. On the ground, Newton ran for 21 yards, 1 touchdown on 11 carries.
On the Baltimore side of things, Lamar Jackson threw for 249 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception while completing 24 out of 34 passes on the day. On the ground, Jackson ran for 55 yards on 11 carries.
After winning against Baltimore, New England is on the road heading to NRG Stadium to face the Houston Texans. Houston is coming off a 10-7 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Meanwhile, Baltimore is hosting the Tennessee Titans. Tennessee is coming off a 34-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
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