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NFL Playoffs Capsule: Ravens at Patriots

NFL Playoffs Capsule: Ravens at Patriots

BALTIMORE (12-6) At NEW ENGLAND (13-4)

Sunday, 6:30 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Patriots by 9 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Baltimore 8-10; New England 10-7

SERIES RECORD - Patriots lead 7-2

AP PRO32 RANKING - Ravens No. 11; Patriots No. 2

LAST MEETING - Ravens beat Patriots 31-30, Sept. 23, 2012

LAST WEEK - Ravens beat Broncos 38-35, 2 OT; Patriots beat Texans 41-28

RAVENS OFFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (11), PASS (15)

RAVENS DEFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (20), PASS (17)

PATRIOTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (7), PASS (4)

PATRIOTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (9), PASS (29)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Teams meet for second straight season in AFC championship game and third time in playoffs, all in Foxborough. Ravens won 33-14 in wild-card game Jan. 10, 2010. ... Ravens beat Patriots this season on last-play 27-yard field goal by Justin Tucker. ... Ravens lost AFC title game last year when Joe Flacco threw two incompletions from Patriots 14-yard line followed by Billy Cundiff's failed 32-yard field goal attempt on next to last play. ...Win sends Ravens to Super Bowl for second time, first since 34-7 win over New York Giants on Jan. 28, 2001. ... Ravens 8-5 postseason road record is best in NFL for teams with minimum of 10 road games. ... LB Ray Lewis retiring after this season, his 17th. He's 12-7 in postseason games and only Raven remaining from last championship team. He has 30 tackles in two playoff games this season. ... Ravens gained 503 yards in this season's win over Patriots. They averaged 459 in two playoff wins this year. ... With five postseason road wins, Flacco tied with Eli Manning for most in NFL history and only quarterback with postseason victory in each of first five seasons during Super Bowl era. Flacco 2-3 vs. Patriots in his career with nine TD passes, four INTs. He threw for postseason franchise record 331 yards in playoff win over Broncos. ... RB Ray Rice rushed for 131 yards against Broncos, his second playoff game with more than 100 yards rushing. First was 33-14 win over Patriots when he rushed for 159, starting with 83-yard TD run on Ravens first offensive play. Led AFC running backs this season with 61 receptions. ... WR Jacoby Jones had 70-yard TD catch with 31 seconds left in regulation against Broncos. He led NFL in kickoff return average with 30.7 yards and returned two kickoffs and one punt for TDs. ... WR Anquan Boldin averaging 108 yards receiving in playoffs with 10 of his 11 catches going for first downs. ... WR Torrey Smith has nine catches for 209 yards and three TDs in two career games vs. Patriots. ... LB Paul Kruger led Ravens in regular season with nine sacks. He had at least one in six of his last eight regular-season games and 2 1/2 in this year's playoffs. ... Patriots going for second straight Super Bowl appearance and third in six years, but lost previous two to New York Giants. Won three NFL titles in four years but none in seven full seasons since then. ... Win sends Patriots to eighth Super Bowl, tying Dallas and Pittsburgh for most all-time. ... Patriots 14-3 at home in postseason. ... Brady's 17th postseason win last Sunday broke tie with Joe Montana for most by NFL quarterback. ... Brady 7-6 in postseason after starting 10-0. ... His 78.4 passer rating in seven career games against Ravens lowest against any opponent. ... Bill Belichick's next win is his 18th as coach in postseason, one behind Don Shula and two behind NFL leader Tom Landry. ... TE Rob Gronkowski sidelined for season after breaking left arm on Patriots seventh offensive play vs. Texans, had missed five games with broken left forearm before returning for regular-season finale. ... Third-string RB Shane Vereen scored three TDs - two receiving, one running - last Sunday against Texans. His 124 yards from scrimmage were career high. Only other players with two TD receptions and a TD run in the same playoff game were Roger Craig and Ricky Watters. ... RB Danny Woodhead expected back after hurting thumb on Patriots first offensive play against Houston and missing rest of game. ... Patriots led NFL with 427.9 yards and 34.8 points per game. ... Patriots first in NFL with plus-25 turnover differential, got only turnover of game against Houston on INT by DE Rob Ninkovich. ... DT Vince Wilfork and Ninkovich tied for second in NFL during regular season with four fumble recoveries.

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Will Suggs still be an impact player when he comes off PUP?

Will Suggs still be an impact player when he comes off PUP?

Clifton Brown and Bo Smolka are taking turns putting 25 key Ravens under the microscope leading up to veterans reporting to training camp. They’ll speculate on a best-case, worst-case scenario for at least one player every day, concluding with quarterback Joe Flacco on July 25.

UNDER THE MICROSCOPE: Terrell Suggs, 33-year-old outside linebacker

Best-case scenario:

Suggs makes a full recovery from Achilles injury and returns as a double-digit sack artist and three-down linebacker.

Why it could happen:

Suggs knows people are wondering how much quality football he has left. It’s dangerous to write off great players too soon. Suggs would love to silence skeptics with a strong season, and if some of the young Ravens pass rushers develop, they won’t have to overwork Suggs. If he stays healthy once he comes off the PUP list, a player with Suggs’ talent and experience can still be a valuable defensive leader.

Worst-case scenario:

The Achilles injury limits what Suggs can do, and he is no longer an impact player.

Why it could happen:

It’s asking a lot of Suggs to remain a cog in the Ravens’ defense, after 106 ½ career sacks, and entering his 14th NFL season. Sooner or later, the NFL road will end for Suggs, just like it ended for his former great defensive teammates like Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. It will be interesting to hear Suggs’ thoughts on his career when he meets with the media Wednesday. If 2016 is not Suggs’ last ride, the end of the journey is getting closer.

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Five young pass rushers to watch, with Suggs and Dumervil on PUP

Five young pass rushers to watch, with Suggs and Dumervil on PUP

With Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil starting training camp on the PUP list, the Ravens’ young pass rushers have an opportunity to show what they’ve got.

It’s not surprising, or overly alarming, that Suggs (Achilles) and Dumervil (foot) aren’t ready to participate in full-team practices, which begin Thursday. The priority for them is to be ready by Week 1.

But the reality is that Suggs is 33 years old and Dumervil is 32 – closer to the end of their careers than the beginning. Remember when the Ravens loaded up on pass rushers in the draft? Training camp and the preseason will shed light on which young pass rushers are ready to contribute, and which ones are not.

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Here are five young Ravens pass rushers to watch closely during training camp and the preseason:

Kamalei Correa, rookie OLB

Correa might see more time at inside linebacker as a rookie, because the Ravens are looking for a starting inside linebacker next to C. J. Mosley. However, Correa’s skills as a pass-rushing outside linebacker at Boise St. convinced the Ravens he was worthy of being a second-round pick. If Correa is getting pressure on quarterbacks, the Ravens will find consistent snaps for him.

Matt Judon, rookie DE

He led the nation in sacks last season with 20 at Grand Valley State. As a fifth-round pick, Judon is making a major leap to the NFL and he is raw. But he also has size (6-foot-3, 275 pounds) and athleticism. Judon could earn an immediate role as a situational pass rusher.

Bronson Kaufusi, rookie DE

He’s huge (6-foot-6, 285 pounds). He’s mature, already 25 years old after completing a two-year Mormon mission before attending BYU. And he’s athletic, good enough to spend one season on BYU’s basketball team before focusing on football. The Ravens’ third-round pick, Kaufusi could also earn a role as a situational pass rusher.

Victor Ochi, undrafted OLB

Ochi (6-foot-1, 245 pounds) has a body build like Dumervil – powerful with a low center of gravity. The Ravens have had at least one undrafted rookie make their roster for 12 straight years. Ochi could extend that streak. He was hoping to be the first player from Stony Brook ever drafted. Now he’s hoping to prove he should have been drafted.   

Za’Darius Smith, second-year OLB

Smith finished strong as a rookie. Of his 5 ½ sacks, 3 ½ came over the final three games. According to Smith, Ravens coach John Harbaugh wants 10 sacks from Smith this season. If Smith becomes a double-digit sack artist, the Ravens’ pass rush will take a major leap.

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Suggs, Smith among six Ravens named to PUP list

Suggs, Smith among six Ravens named to PUP list

The Ravens announced six players placed on the physically unable to perform list Saturday - linebacker Terrell Suggs, wide receivers Steve Smith Sr. and Breshad Perriman, linebacker Elvis Dumervil, running back Trent Richardson, and cornerback Jumal Rolle.

Quarterback Joe Flacco (knee), cornerback Jimmy Smith (foot), tight end Dennis Pitta (hip), and cornerback Will Davis (knee) were not placed on PUP, indicating they were ready for the team’s first full-team training camp practice Thursday.

Any player on the PUP list can be activated and return to practice at any point prior to the regular season. Once a player is placed on the regular-season PUP list, he must sit out at least the first six weeks of the regular season.

RELATED: WILL SMITH'S BODY BETRAY HIM AGAIN?

Rolle (Achilles injury) is expected to miss the entire season. Here’s the breakdown on the other five PUP list players:

Suggs – He still has not fully recovered from his season-ending Achilles injury suffered in Week 1 last September. Suggs is scheduled to meet with the media Wednesday, where further details about his progress should be revealed.

Smith Sr. – Also recovering from a season-ending Achilles injury suffered in November. Smith said he would not care if he missed the entire preseason. His priority is to be ready by Week 1.

Perriman – He suffered a knee injury during minicamp which did not require season-ending surgery. However, Perriman has still not played a preseason or regular season game since being drafted in the first round in 2015. After two knee injuries in two years, the Ravens have every reason to be cautious with Perriman until they think he is ready to return.

Dumervil – He had offseason foot surgery after playing through pain last season. Dumervil missed mandatory minicamp, but did not sound concerned about being ready for Week 1.

Richardson – His lingering hamstring issue could ruin his bid for an NFL comeback. The Ravens are deep at running back, and Richardson needs to get healthy to have any chance to win a roster spot.

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