We’ve got a rematch in the AFC Championship Game, which means the Ravens are trying to avoid a repeat of last year’s painful loss to the Patriots.
Lee Evans couldn’t catch a pass in the end zone that he should have caught and then Billy Cundiff missed a field goal as time expired to send the Patriots to Indy and leave the Ravens to lick their wounds. You might imagine that the prospect of another game with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line might conjure up some memories of that loss, but Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith said Monday that last year’s game won’t have a bearing on this season’s matchup.
“Last year is in the past. We came up a few plays short,” Smith said, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “We’re a different team now.”
The Ravens have not looked like the offensively shaky and defensively exhausted team that lost three straight games in the regular season. They’ve gotten healthier and seen their offense click in both playoff games after it finally came to life against the Giants in Week 16.
We’ve seen a team get hot at the right time and ride a low seed to the Super Bowl in each of the last two seasons. The Ravens will try to make it three in a row in New England next Sunday.