Sunday Night Football: Patriots rush for 173 yards in 23-17 win over Ravens

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Rex Burkhead, Damien Harris and Cam Newton won for the Patriots in Sunday Night Football, leading New England to a 23-17 victory over the Ravens.

The Ravens are now tied for second with the Browns at 6-3, three games behind the undefeated Steelers. They went 14-2 last season. The Patriots are not dead yet, staying in the postseason race with their second straight victory going to 4-5.

Burkhead caught two touchdown passes in the first half, one from Newton and one from receiver Jakobi Meyers on tricks. Harris had his third career 100-yard game, with 121 yards on 22 carries. Newton threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Burkhead and ran for a 4-yard touchdown.

Newton became the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era with nine rushed touchdowns in his first eight games of a season, according to NFL Research. He missed a game with COVID-19. (Kyler Murray had eight touchdowns in eight games before rushing for two more in his ninth game on Sunday.)

The Patriots rushed for 173 yards, with Newton throwing just 118 in heavy rain. Newton had 21 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, and Burkhead 31 yards on six carries.

Lamar Jackson, the reigning NFL MVP, ran 55 yards on 11 carries and completed 24 of 34 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns. The interception he threw at JC Jackson before half-time with the Ravens in range proved crucial.

Willie Snead caught five passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns.

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