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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Tom Brady connected with Chris Hogan for a 79 yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to help the New England Patriots overcome a sloppy second half and claim a 30 23 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night.
Brady threw for 406 yards and three touchdowns, becoming the fourth NFL quarterback with at least 450 career touchdown passes. He also threw just his second interception of the season.
Joe Flacco did his best to keep Baltimore in the game, finishing 37 of 52 for 324 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The 37 completions set a franchise record.
The Patriots led 23 3 before the Ravens turned back to back New England fumbles on special teams into touchdowns.
New England still had a 23 17 lead in the fourth quarter when the Ravens drove to the Patriots 12 before Flacco was sacked by Rob Ninkovich, forcing Baltimore to settle for a field goal.
The Ravens entered the week with the NFL top ranked defense, giving up just 296.1 yards per game. But the Patriots defense shined early on, limiting the Ravens to just three points and 142 yards in the first half.
The Ravens rushed only four times for 7 yards in the opening 30 minutes, and were just 3 for 8 on third downs.
The Patriots appeared to be in control after Martellus Bennett 19 yard touchdown reception made it 23 3 with 8:45 to play in the third. But Cyrus Jones couldn get out of the way of Sam Koch 53 yard punt. It brushed off his foot as it fell to the turf and was picked up by Chris Moore on New England 3. The Ravens scored two plays later.
The Patriots then gave Baltimore another gift on the ensuing kickoff when returner Matt Slater lost the ball after a hit by Patrick Onwuasor. Shareece Wright recovered for the Ravens, and Flacco threw an 8 yard touchdown pass to Kenneth Dixon.
Patriots linebacker Shea McClellin showed off his athleticism in the first quarter by hurdling the Ravens line and then blocking Justin Tucker 34 yard field goal attempt. It was part of a big first half for McClellin, who was also involved in five total tackles in the opening 30 minutes.
New England defense was the first unit to get on the scoreboard. After Ryan Allen punt was downed on the 1, Dixon was swarmed in the end zone and brought down by Malcolm Butler for a safety.
It was the Patriots third safety of the season a franchise record. They also got one on Oct. 9 against Cleveland when Browns quarterback Cody Kessler fumbled the ball out of the end zone and the following week when Dont Hightower sacked Cincinnati Andy Dalton in the end zone.
Ravens: CB Jimmy Smith left in the first quarter with an ankle injury.
Ravens: Host the Eagles Sunday in their final home game of the regular season.
Patriots: Play two of their final three on the road, beginning Sunday with a trip to Denver.
n Jeff Fisher tenure in Los Angeles didn last one full season. The Rams fired their coach on Monday. Special teams coordinator John Fassel will serve as interim coach. The Rams are at Seattle on Thursday night. Fisher was the team coach since 2012, and compiled a 31 45 1 record with the Rams. He oversaw the move from St. Louis to Los Angeles this past offseason. The lack of success on the field, capped by a 42 14 home rout at the hands of Atlanta on Sunday, spelled the end for Fisher, who tied Dan Reeves with 165 career regular season defeats. That the most in league history, and Fisher has the lowest winning percentage (.512) among coaches with 130 plus losses. Los Angeles is 4 9 this season and has scored a league low 194 points. Fisher, 58, went 147 126 as coach of the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans and helped that franchise in its relocation. He led the Titans to the 1999 AFC championship. Long respected in league circles for his work on the NFL competition committee, Fisher never found success or a franchise quarterback with the Rams, who went 7 8 1, 7 9,
6 10 and 7 9 in his four full seasons.
n Ryan Tannehill was back at the Miami Dolphins complex Monday, his left knee injury less serious than first feared. The injury was diagnosed as a sprained ACL and MCL, coach Adam Gase said, meaning Tannehill will avoid surgery. It remains unlikely he play again this season, and Matt Moore will make his first start since 2011 on Saturday against the New York Jets. When Tannehill was hurt Sunday against Arizona, the Dolphins (8 5) feared a torn ACL that would require surgery and a long, arduous rehabilitation. The Dolphins learned the final diagnosis late Sunday. ACL surgery generally requires at least a nine month recovery. Gase said the Dolphins don know how long Tannehill will be sidelined by the sprained knee, but it questionable whether he would be available even deep into the postseason. Tannehill should be available to take part in the Dolphins offseason program, however.
n Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos had surgery on his right wrist and will miss the rest of the season. Dorenbos was one of several players injured in Sunday 27 22 loss to Washington. Running back Wendell Smallwood, offensive lineman Matt Tobin and safety Jaylen Watkins also had significant injuries that could sideline them the final three games. Running back Darren Sproles (concussion), tight end Brent Celek (stinger) and offensive lineman Allen Barbre (hamstring) are expected to return from their injuries.
n Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd was arrested early Monday on charges of driving under the influence and failure to obey a police officer. Floyd had three alcohol related brushes with the law at Notre Dame, including a DUI in his final season. Floyd said at the time that he was undergoing counseling and had changed the people around him.
n The Giants win over the Cowboys on Sunday night was the most watched prime time NFL telecast this season. It also drew NBC biggest audience for a Sunday game since Week 1 of 2015, according to The Nielsen Company. A total audience of 26.7 million viewers across NBC and NBC Sports Digital platforms tuned in. The 26.5 million viewers solely watching on NBC was a high for a prime time NFL game since 1989. Those numbers also were up 26 percent from the Week 14 game last year, Patriots vs. Texans.
n Eight veteran players, including frequent All Pros DeMarcus Ware, Marshal Yanda and Julius Peppers, are finalists for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. Other finalists announced by the NFL on Monday are Greg Olsen, Joe Staley, Darren Sproles, Brian Cushing and Frank Gore. The award recognizes players who best demonstrate the qualities of on field sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for the game and opponents, and integrity in competition. The award was created in 2014 in honor of the late founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers,
a Pro Football Hall of Fame member.