FOXBOROUGH -- Cyrus Jones' muffed punt in Sunday's Patriots-Ravens game was the biggest play in the first half, but Julian Edelman's fumble in the second half was the biggest play in the game.
The Patriots scored 13 unanswered points to cut a 17-0 deficit to 17-13 and were moving the ball early in the third quarter when Edelman fumbled and Marlon Humphrey picked it up and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown -- the longest fumble return for a touchdown in Ravens history.
That put all the Patriots' momentum to a halt and they couldn't recover in the 37-20 loss -- their first of the year.
“Afterwards, you just have to move on," Edelman said of the play. "Put us in a hole. You can’t turn the ball over against a team like that when they can hold the ball that long. I felt like I let my team down, but you have to move on. It just wasn’t our day. You have to tip your hat to the Baltimore Ravens, they played a good game.”
Edelman finished with 10 catches on 11 targets for 89 yards in the loss.
“Yeah, they definitely had some momentum going, for sure," Humphrey said of his touchdown. "… It was really huge for us.”
The Patriots are now on their bye week and then will travel to Philly to take on the Eagles Nov. 17.
“We can go two ways from here — you can either learn from it can get better and move on, or you can go the other way," Edelman said. "I have faith that we are going to learn from it, get back to where we need to be and go on from there."