(BALTIMORE) — LeGarrette Blount rushed for 76 yards and two touchdowns, helping the New England Patriots rip the Baltimore Ravens, 41-7, Sunday.
The Patriots, who’ve had trouble starting fast this season, scored on three of their first four possessions to take a 17-0 lead into halftime.
With 6:37 left in the fourth quarter, and New England leading 20-7, the Pats went on nine-play, 48-yard drive that consisted only of rushing attempts, the final one a seven-yard touchdown by Blount to pretty much seal the game.
The Patriots scored two more defensive touchdowns in garbage time to finish with 41 points.
Before the game, New England (11-4) wrapped up its 11th AFC East title under head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady when Miami lost to Buffalo. Brady becomes the first quarterback to lead his team to 11 division championships.
“They’re all special. It’s hard to come by, and this team’s really fought hard all year,” said Brady, who completed 14 of 26 passes for 172 yards and a touchdown in the win. “We’ve earned it. Eleven wins in the NFL’s not easy, and to win a division title’s not easy.”
Meanwhile, the Ravens (8-7) had their four-game winning streak snapped and will need some help next weekend if they hope to make the playoffs.
The Patriots can clinch the two-seed in the AFC next weekend with a win over Buffalo.
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