When the Ravens and Patriots met earlier this year in Week 3, the final score was 31-30 in favor of Baltimore. When they met almost exactly a year ago during the 2012 AFC Championship game, the final score was 23-20, this time in favor of Tom Brady’s freedom fighters. When they met in Week 6 of the 2010 regular season, New England won 23-20. Of the recent games between the two rivals, only the 2009 Wild Card Weekend meeting was decisive in either direction, with Baltimore winning 33-14. Earlier during that season there was a game that conformed: a Week 4 27-21 Patriots win.

Look upon those numbers again, and look hard. Note their close proximity on the scoreboard. Of the five most recent Ravens-Patriots meetings, three of them have been decided by a field goal or less, and there was a margin of more than a touchdown in only one game. So why, Madden? Why are you doing us like this? On the second most important weekend of the season, our virtual predictor box has foretold that we’ll all witness the worst game in the history of this rivalry.

Don’t worry, guys, and especially you, Vince Wilcock. The Madden oracle was way off last week with its Pats prediction. Still, what a jerk.

So we’ll still have a fun time with the Falcons and 49ers, complete with some tackling calamity (FORESHADOWING). And then if Madden is to be believed, we’ll watch Joe Flacco chuck darts deep into a pleasant New England evening, throwing touchdown passes of 55 and 30 yards in length. Sounds legit.

And now, your numbers.

SF 10 @ ATL 17
Total Offense: SF 189, ATL 244
Rushing Yards: SF 35, ATL 90
Passing Yards: SF 154, ATL 154
First Downs: SF 6, ATL 14

Comparables

Passing:
SF – C. Kaepernick – 10/21, 163 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT’s
ATL – M. Ryan – 14/27, 156 yards, 1 TD

Rushing:
ATL – M. Turner – 22 carries for 90 yards, 1 TD
SF – F. Gore – 6 carries for 24 yards
SF – L. James – 6 carries for 6 yards
SF – C. Kaepernick – 1 carry for 4 yards

Receiving:
ATL – J. Jones – 7 catches for 93 yards
SF – A. Jenkins – 2 catches for 55 yards, 1 TD
SF – M. Crabtree – 1 catch for 39 yards
ATL – R. White – 3 catches for 38 yards
SF – R. Moss – 2 catches for 27 yards
SF – F. Gore – 2 catches for 25 yards
SF – V. Davis – 2 catches for 11 yards
SF – B. Miller – 1 catch for 6 yards

Ogletree of the game: Ryan

BAL 31, NE 0
Total Offense: BAL 221, NE 114
Rushing Yards: BAL 56, NE 16
Passing Yards: BAL 165, NE 98
First Downs: BAL 6, NE 5

Comparables

Passing:
BAL – J. Flacco – 13/17, 175 yards, 3 TD’s
NE – T. Brady – 14/27, 125 yards, 3 INT’s

Rushing:
BAL – R. Rice – 18 carries for 60 yards
NE – S. Ridley – 8 carries for 16 yards

Receiving:
BAL – J. Jones – 3 catches for 65 yards, 1 TD
BAL – E. Dickson – 4 catches for 52 yards, 1 TD
NE – M. Hoomanawanui – 2 catches for 42 yards
BAL – A. Boldin – 2 catches for 36 yards, 1 TD
NE – W. Welker – 4 catches for 31 yards
NE – M. Slater – 3 catches for 21 yards
NE – B. Lloyd – 2 catches for 17 yards
NE – A. Hernandez – 2 catches for 17 yards
BAL – V. Leach – 1 catch for 8 yards
BAL – T. Smith – 2 catches for 8 yards
BAL – R. Rice – 1 catch for 6 yards

Ogletree of the game: Joe Flacco

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