Wrap-up: Patriots 27, Ravens 21

Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker

In a well-played game between two very good teams, sometimes it comes down to simple execution to determine the outcome.

In the case of the Baltimore Ravens, receiver Mark Clayton failed to finish what should've been an easy catch in the final seconds of Sunday’s 27-21 loss to the New England Patriots.

Down six points, Baltimore (3-1) quarterback Joe Flacco put together a masterful drive on the road that put the Ravens in striking distance to win the game. But on fourth-and-3 from New England's 14, Flacco’s throw to Clayton hit the receiver right in the numbers only to have it bounce off his chest to lose possession.

Flacco couldn’t believe it as he stood briefly with both hands on his helmet. He played another solid game, throwing for 264 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Flacco also took some tough shots as New England (3-1) wasn’t afraid to bring constant blitzes.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady also played well with 258 yards and a touchdown pass to receiver Randy Moss. The Ravens (3-1) and Patriots (3-1) are expected to be in the AFC playoff race all year and may have to face each other again at some point down the road.