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Ravens safety Matt Elam's tackling woes continue in playoff loss to Patriots

Ravens strong safety Matt Elam is blocked by New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount as he puts pressure on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the second quarter.
Ravens strong safety Matt Elam is blocked by New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount as he puts pressure on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the second quarter. (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun)

Ravens strong safety Matt Elam lost his starting job earlier this season partially because of his poor tackling.

Tackling was supposed to be the strength of the 2013 first-round draft pick's game, but that hasn't always been the case in the NFL.

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Elam allowed New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola to shake free of a tackle attempt in the second quarter for a 15-yard touchdown catch during a 35-31 AFC divisional-round playoff game loss at Gillette Stadium.

Elam entered Saturday with a team-high 16 missed tackles along with 36 completions allowed on 50 passes thrown in his direction for 474 yards and two touchdowns for a 114.9 passer rating for opposing quarterbacks.

With his head down in the locker room after Saturday's game, Elam declined an interview request.

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