ROADBLOCK TO HISTORY
The heavy-underdog Ravens took the unbeaten New England Patriots down to the wire before losing, 27-24. The Ravens appeared to have stopped the Patriots on a number of plays, but penalties on both teams kept giving Tom Brady chances until he hit Jabar Gaffney for the game-winning 8-yard touchdown pass with 44 seconds remaining.
When Matt Stover's 29-yard field goal in the second quarter gave the Ravens a 10-3 lead, it marked the second-largest first-half deficit of the season for the Patriots. The Ravens led 24-17 in the fourth quarter, also the second-largest deficit for New England since trailing the Indianapolis Colts by 10 in a game the Patriots won Nov. 4 at the RCA Dome.
McGAHEE STANDS OUT
Ravens running back Willis McGahee had his best game since coming to Baltimore, rushing for 138 yards on 30 carries. His 17-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, which helped give the Ravens a 17-10 lead, was his seventh straight game with a rushing touchdown. It was McGahee's fourth game with more than 100 rushing yards as a Raven.
The Ravens will host the Indianapolis Colts, last season's Super Bowl champions, at M&T; Bank Stadium in a nationally televised game Sunday night. For the Ravens, it will be a chance to build off last night's strong performance and redeem themselves for last season's 15-6 playoff loss at home to the Colts.