Ravens Vs. Patriots, 2012 AFC Championship Game: New England Goes Three-And-Out Early

The Patriots' unheralded defense did its job against the Ravens on the first drive of the 2012 AFC Championship Game. But Baltimore's better-regarded defense shut down the Patriots on their first offensive drive of the day, too.

After Tom Brady threw out to Danny Woodhead for a seven-yard gain on the first play of the game, Brady misfired on the next two throws, forcing the Patriots to punt after a three-and-out. The third-down throw by Brady came after he had to do some scrambling in the pocket while feeling pressure.

Patriots punter Zoltan Mesko had a chance to bury the Ravens deep in their own territory on the punt, but instead kicked it into the end zone for a touchback.

For updates and analysis on these teams leading up and during the 2012 AFC Championship, visit Ravens blog Baltimore Beat Down, Patriots blog Pats Pulpit and SB Nation Boston. Don't forget to check out SB Nation's NFL hub for all your playoff news.

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