The New England Patriots picked up a big win over the Baltimore Ravens 30-23 on Monday Night Football to improve their record to 11-2 on the season. The game turned out much closer than it looked like it would when the Patriots held a 23-3 lead after their first drive of the third quarter. The Ravens mounted a comeback to cut the lead to 23-20 with 6:35 to go in the fourth quarter.
That’s when Patriots QB Tom Brady took over and found wide receiver Chris Hogan for a back-breaking 79-yard touchdown on the first play of the Pats next drive. It looked like the Ravens busted the coverage on the play as Hogan had no one near him when he caught the ball and took off down the sideline.
“I was just glad. Glad that he made the play, caught the ball and scored the touchdown,” said Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench following Monday night’s win. “It made it easier on the defense, we didn’t have to play very aggressive. But, we still had to play smart. They just made a great play.”
With the win, the Pats moved into sole possession of the number one seed in the AFC with just three games left to play. They find themselves with a one game lead over Oakland and Kansas City in the race for homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.
It would seem the Patriots are in perfect position to clinch that spot, but, with three games left, nothing is for certain just yet.
“Good position, but that can change if you don’t stay on your grind and keep working,” said Butler. “You just have to keep grinding and keep working and no matter the situation we’ll be ready to go.”