Monday, September 24, 2012

Pats finish Week 3 with 1st losing record since 2003


The New England Patriots entered their AFC bout with the Baltimore Ravens Sunday on a 145-game streak without a losing record.

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New England fell victim to the Ravens' 12th straight home victory, this time a 31-30 final that was decided by a 27-yard Justin Tucker field goal as time expired.

The last time the Patriots had a sub-.500 record was following a Week 1 loss in 2003. New England now sits a game behind the New York Jets, who beat the Miami Dolphins in a sloppy 23-20 Week 3 contest, and the Buffalo Bills, who have won two in a row after getting routed by the Jets in Week 1.

Ravens receiver Torrey Smith put together an inspiring performance against New England less than 24 hours after the death of his young brother, snatching two touchdowns and amassing 127 yards on six receptions.

Meanwhile, Wes Welker gained 142 yards receiving for the Patriots but didn't find the end zone. New England held a 9-point lead with less than four minutes to go.

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