After the Ravens took a 21-13 lead on a 3-yard pass to Anquan Boldin, Ridley was blasted near midfield by Pollard with 12:46 left. The Riddler fumbled and Baltimore’s Arthur Jones recovered. The play was reviewed and the fumble was confirmed. Shocker.
Baltmore struck quickly, taking a 28-13 lead on an 11-yard pass to Boldin.
The Patriots never scored again.
“I think we obviously didn’t play very well,’’ said Brady. “And if you don’t play well against a good team, it’s not even very competitive.’’
The Patriots are New England’s best team in this century, but they have not won a Super Bowl since the 2004 season. Opportunities for Brady and Belichick are dwindling. Brady will be 36 next year. Welker might be Nevermore. It’s beginning to feel like the end of an era.
Dan Shaughnessy is a Globe columnist. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.