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'Chess match' unfolded between Steve Smith, Patriots' Darrelle Revis

'Chess match' unfolded between Steve Smith, Patriots' Darrelle Revis
Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith catches a first down pass from Joe Flacco in the first quarter in front of New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty. (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun)

Two of the top players in the game squared off Saturday in the competition between Ravens five-time Pro Bowl receiver Steve Smith and New England Patriots six-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis.

Smith caught three passes for 44 yards on four targets. He beat Revis for one touchdown in the first quarter on a 9-yard reception. Although Revis was penalized for holding and pass interference while covering Smith early in the game, he got what he wanted as the Patriots ended the Ravens' season in a 35-31 loss in the AFC divisional round at Gillette Stadium.

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"Every team doesn't have a great corner like Revis, and it was a game like a chess match," Smith said. "There were times we both did some savvy veteran moves against each other and it was a great battle. I respect the heck out of him, and he played a great game. He's a good player."

Smith didn't catch another pass after his touchdown in the first quarter as Revis shadowed him on 52 of 77 snaps.

Once Revis stopped picking up penalties, he started shutting down Smith.

"He was very tough, he's always tough," Revis said. "It's playoffs. There's a lot on the line and I'm sure he has the will to want to win, but it was great. He caught a touchdown earlier in the game and after that he got erased."

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