Pats evade Ravens' grasp

Oct 17 2010 - 10:46pm

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(MICHAEL DWYER/The Associated Press) New England’s Stephen Gostkowski (3) kicks the game-winning field goal against the Baltimore on Sunday in Foxborough, Mass.
(MICHAEL DWYER/The Associated Press) New England’s Stephen Gostkowski (3) kicks the game-winning field goal against the Baltimore on Sunday in Foxborough, Mass.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Deion Branch gave New England Patriots fans plenty of reasons to forget Randy Moss and the team's embarrassing playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Branch caught nine passes -- the same number of receptions Moss had in four games this season -- spearheading a 23-20 comeback win in overtime over the Ravens on Sunday. The Patriots reacquired Branch on Monday from Seattle five days after trading Moss to Minnesota.

Stephen Gostkowski's 35-yard field goal with 1:56 left in overtime gave the Patriots their eighth straight win after a bye week.

In the teams' last meeting, the Ravens won 33-14 in the first round of last season's playoffs, scoring on Ray Rice's 83-yard run on their first offensive play and leading 24-0 after one quarter.

Branch sparked Sunday's rally from a 20-10 deficit starting with a 5-yard scoring pass from Tom Brady four minutes into the fourth quarter. The Patriots (4-1) then forced the Ravens (4-2) to punt and marched from their 14-yard line to a third down at the Baltimore 3 -- with the help of four catches by Branch -- and settled for Gostkowski's 24-yard tying field goal with 1:51 left in the fourth quarter.

On the last possession of overtime, Branch caught passes for 23 and 10 yards, setting up the winning kick.

In the extra session, the Ravens had punted three times and the Patriots punted twice. The winning drive started at the New England 38-yard line and Brady immediately went to Branch for the 23-yard gain on the first play. The 10-yarder produced a first down at the Ravens 21 and Gostkowski kicked the winning field goal after two runs by BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

Branch finished with 98 yards receiving for the Patriots.

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