Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday. That way he'll have an excuse to do the same to start his workday, too.
RUNNING IT BACK
The Ravens rallied late to beat the New England Patriots, 31-30, on Sunday night. … After the death of his younger brother, Torrey Smith caught two touchdown passes in the win. … The defense is searching for answers after allowing more than 300 passing yards to Tom Brady. … Ray Rice got 20 carries. … The Ravens offensive line played well. … John Harbaugh and Bill Belichick both had run-ins with replacement officials.
RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
Torrey Smith gave the Ravens an emotional lift in the victory. … There was a little bit of everything in this late-night thriller. … Former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira says that Justin Tucker's game-winning field goal was a tough call for officials to make. … John Harbaugh won't publicly rip the replacements, but Ray Lewis complained about officials (again). … Quarterback Joe Flacco "supplanted" Tom Brady on Sunday night.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
The Patriots lost a heartbreaker to the Ravens. … The replacement officials were a nightmare Sunday night. ... This was another defensive dud for the Patriots. … All is well with Wes Welker apparently. … New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels needs to let his players play. … You wouldn't like Bill Belichick when he's angry.
SHAMELESS PLUG(S) OF THE DAY
Here are five things we learned in Sunday night's victory.
AWAY FROM THE GRIDIRON
The Orioles lost to the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, but they are encouraged that a strong road trip will give them a boost heading into their final homestand. … Buck Showalter announced his starting rotation for the Toronto Blue Jays series. … Pitching phenom Dylan Bundy made his MLB debut Sunday in Boston.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
Do you think Justin Tucker's field goal split the uprights?