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Chad Eaton

Game 16: Ravens pack up day early

Ravens coach Brian Billick tried to use tact and diplomacy in describing the loss, but his players were more direct. Some of the Ravens quit yesterday. End of story. End of season.

The Ravens (8-8), a team searching for an identity and its first winning season in four years, were buried by poor special teams play and a lifeless offense in a 20-3 loss to the New England Patriots before 50,263 at Foxboro Stadium.The Patriots (8-8) were supposed to be the team on the ropes amid speculation that coach Pete Carroll will be fired after the season, with one of their top receivers, Terry Glenn, suspended and without three of their top defensive backs because of injury.

But the...