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In the previous meeting, Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal in the closing seconds. In the encore, rookie Justin Tucker — who took the job away from Cundiff in training camp — drove his 27-yard kick just inside the right upright.

The game-winner followed a pass interference call against Devin McCourty, who was covering Jacoby Jones.

“It’s a football game and we can’t control that,” McCourty said. “If a flag is thrown, that’s something we can’t worry about.”

As the officials were leaving the field, Patriots coach Bill Belichick grabbed one of them by the arm. He didn’t pursue as the official continued to run off the field.

“I’m not going to comment on that,” Belichick said. “You saw the game. What did we have, 30 penalties called in that game?”

Actually, 24 — including 14 against the Ravens for 135 yards.

Joe Flacco went 28 for 39 for 382 yards and three touchdowns for the Ravens, who amassed 503 yards in offense.

Tom Brady completed 28 of 41 passes for 335 yards and a score as the Patriots (1-2) fell below .500 for the first time since Week 1 of 2003.

“We didn’t move the ball consistently enough to score points, score touchdowns,” Brady said.

But Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said, “We didn’t do what we needed to do to help our offense tonight.”

New England led 13-0 after the first quarter and 30-21 with 14 minutes left, but couldn’t make either lead stand up.

Wes Welker had eight catches for 142 yards and Brandon Lloyd caught nine passes for 108 yards for the Patriots, who fell to 6-1 against the Ravens in the regular season — 7-2 including the playoffs.

Down 20-14, the Ravens opened the second half with an 80-yard drive that ended with a 7-yard touchdown run by Rice. Brady matched that with an 80-yard march of his own, repeatedly picking on cornerback Cary Williams, before Danny Woodhead scored on a 3-yard run to put New England ahead.

After Stephen Gostkowski kicked his third field goal to make it 30-21, Smith caught a 5-yard touchdown pass with 4:01 left to get the Ravens to 30-28. Flacco went 6 for 7 for 76 yards in the 92-yard drive.

Baltimore executed the game-winning drive in the final 2 minutes.

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