The Baltimore Ravens did what they couldn't do last season - upset the Patriots in their own house. The big difference in this one is that it didn't come down to an incomplete pass or a botched field goal.
Disaster struck early for the Patriots. While they played well in the first half, the bad omen came early in the form of cornerback Aqib Talib pulling up as he defended a short pass, never to return to the game with a hamstring injury. Kyle Love also went out. Stevan Ridley got his bell rung later on by none other than Bernard Pollard. Things went bad and continued to get worse.
History was on the Patriots' side at the midpoint of the game, with Belichick and Brady 67-0 when leading at the half.
But Baltimore rewrote history, and god has spoken and made his decision, according to Ray Lewis after the game. The Ravens owned the second half, scoring 21 unanswered points, with Flacco outdueling Tom Brady, just eating up the middle of the field on a tired and seemingly unmotivated Patriots defense.
After the game Bill Belichick could barely muster answers to reporters' questions. In between bouts of silence, he said plainly "they just did a better job then we did."
They certaintly did, and while we can look at a few questionable moves, such as the poor clock management before the half and the decision to punt on the Ravens 34 when facing a 4th-and-8, there's not too many excuses for the Patriots, the highest scoring offense in the league, to get blanked in the second half like that.
So as Pats fans and followers, we lament on another great season with a terrible end, while Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh is forced down our throat for the next two weeks ad nauseum.