Tom Brady on playoff history: It’s the 2014 Patriots against the 2014 Ravens

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The Ravens knocked off the Steelers in Pittsburgh to kick off their postseason schedule and earn themselves a trip to New England to face the Patriots.

Their return will call to mind three past postseason matchups between the teams at Gillette Stadium. The Ravens won two of those games, including the AFC title game after the 2012 season, and would have won all three if Lee Evans held onto a ball in the end zone in the previous year’s conference championship.

Those games have left the Patriots with some bad memories of visits from Baltimore in January, although quarterback Tom Brady says that any familiarity between the two sides is outweighed by the changes to the rosters over the last two years.

“Everything’s different at this point,” Brady said on WEEI. “We can never change anything that’s happened in the past, nor can they. You can’t bring players out of retirement, they can’t either. It’s the guys we’ve got vs. the guys they’ve got, which that’s an entirely new team that we have and an entirely new team that they have. There’s some carryover, there’s some characteristics that are the same, but these teams have established their own identities. It’s going to be the Patriots’ 2014 version vs. the Ravens’ 2014 version and we go from there. We’ll be able to evaluate some stuff scheme-wise that they could possibly do vs. us, that’s always helpful. But it will be determined by what happens on the field Saturday night, not anything that’s happened in the past.”

The Patriots didn’t have tight end Rob Gronkowski or cornerback Darrelle Revis on the field the last time that they faced the Ravens in the postseason and those two names illustrate how different things are for the Patriots this time around. The Ravens aren’t likely to be cowed by their presence — John Harbaugh hasn’t gone 7-4 on the road in the playoffs by coaching teams easily thrown off their games — and that should make for another round of good football between the playoff rivals.

114 responses to “Tom Brady on playoff history: It’s the 2014 Patriots against the 2014 Ravens

  1. Patriots should eb able to show up and win pretty easily.

    Brady has too many targets for the Ravens. They are starting guys in the secondary that they signed off the street last week.

    Tom should be able to just pick the Ravens secondary apart.

  2. The last game these two teams played was on Dec 22, 2013. Result: Patriots 41, Ravens 7.

    BTW, that was a game the Ravens needed to win in order to get into the playoffs.

  3. Watching the arrogant PATS (especially Brady & Gronk) lose at home will shut those arrogant PATS fans and make our day for many of us.

  4. They always choke in the playoffs. Mark Sanchez Jets. Got crushed by Flacco the year after. Go the boots put to ’em by Manning last year.

    #ChampionsOfNovember

  5. What he says is true yet it doesn’t stop Patriots fans from constantly looking at the past when it comes to the present. In their eyes the Patriots were going to win every super bowl the last 9 years because they won 3 a decade ago.

  6. funny you bring up the most recent game tom played against the ravens, which he did kill us, but thats pretty much the only game hes played in his career against the ravens that he played what i would consider “well”

    our pass rush is much improved and the key to beating brady is getting him off his spot, should be interesting

  7. Watching the Patriots lose would make my entire year. It would be better than my wedding day.

    You must have had a sad wedding lol. I hope you and your man are happier now.

  8. Haven’t checked the stats of the remaining teams in the playoffs, but the Ravens have a top 3 red zone defense. Plus Flacco is pretty solid in the post season.

    Should be a great matchup.

    GO RAVENS!!!!

  9. It all comes down to who wins the Pass Interference Derby. You have to like Jump Ball Joe’s chances there, and I say that as a Pats fan. Look for lots of 60 yard attempts to triple covered Ravens WRs, followed by a 5 second delay and then a flag.

  10. “Watching the Patriots lose would make my entire year. It would be better than my wedding day.”

    Poor thing. Sounds like you need a divorce.

  11. It wouldn’t stop Pats fan looking at the past when it comes to rings? Funny, same can be said about the haters who talk about what every other team was doing, spygate.

    I’m sold that all of these hate comments are coming from fans whose team is eliminated and from Ravens “fans”.

  12. “Ravens better have closed practices.”

    Yes, because Bill Belichick will use his patented Hoodie Of Invisibility, sneak away from a day or more worth or Pats practices and somehow not be missed, while he drives down to Baltimore and walks invisibly around the Ravens stadium watching their practices.

    SMH

    This is not the same Ravens team or Pats. The biggest loss for the Ravens is no Ed Reed. He had a preternatural awareness on the field and I believe the majority of Brady’s INTs against the Ravens were by Reed.

  13. It’s true, the Pats are probably a better team than the last time the Ravens played them in the playoffs.

    But it’s also true that the Ravens pass rush is light years ahead of where it was back then, and Brady does not like getting hit. If his line can’t hold up, things could go south in a hurry for the Pats.

    That said, there’s no one on the Ravens who can guard Gronk. If the Ravens can run, and control the clock, this could be a surprisingly- low scoring game and could go either way. If the Ravens can’t run, and can’t get Brady upset, they are going to get smoked. But I think pride prevents that scenario.

    Either way, knocking the Steelers out of the postseason pretty much makes this season a success, regardless.

  14. Take your anxiety medicine Pat’s fans. Everyone has said the Pats win the game so what do the Ravens have to lose. Jam the recovers and knock Tommy on his ass and the game gets interesting.

  15. “Brady does not like getting hit”

    Please list all the quarterbacks who “like getting hit”. Thanks!

  16. The Ravens, like the Jets, seem to match up well with the Patriots. In the long run, I think this is a good game for the Patriots because they are better off playing a tough defensive team than a soft one like the Colts. Fortunately, this is a much different and better team than the one that lost to the Ravens two years ago. The difference is really on the defensive side of the ball with Revis, Browner, Hightower, Jones, and Collins. While Hightower may have been a rookie that year, he’s a different player. Looking forward to the game.

  17. For those that like a gamble here’s an interesting stat: Since the Pats completed their perfect regular season in 2007, they’ve played 12 playoff games and were favored in 11 of them by an average of 8.5 points. An 8.5 spread means you should win 80% of the time…the Pats are 6-6 and only covered the spread 3 out of 12 times.

    The Ravens have played 14 playoff games in the same span, underdogs in 10 of them by and average of 3 points. Their record is 10-4 straight up and 11-3 against the spread….perception does not equal reality at the betting windows.

  18. You can’t just show up in Foxboro and play ball. Harbs and the staff need an entirely new specific game plan for this week. They need to have schemes Brady has not seen and Kubiak needs to dial up a few to confuse the heck out of that d. You only get so many shots each game.

    And yes, this is not the 2012 teams vs each other. The patriots are missing an accused mass murderer.

  19. Taking nothing away from the Ravens for their 2 playoff wins at Gillette, but here are the facts:

    2009 – Welker (123 catches that year) hurt 6 days prior and the ’09 Pats team was not all that good. Ravens got killed the next week anyway and Pats may have as well.

    2011 – Gronk hurt mid-3rd quarter and the Pats still drove for the game winning TD. Yes, the Ravens had a really good chance to win, but they lost.

    2012 – Gronk did not play, and the Patriots’ average defense was doomed when Talib got hurt and couldn’t return in the 1st quarter.

    This Patriots team is much different with Gronk and their best defense since 2003-2004. It’ll be a battle but I think Brady, Gronk, and Revis will prevail.

  20. from the comments section it seems every qb in the league except for brady initiates contact and loves to get hit….lol pats haters are obsessed they are more fans of teams playing the patriots than of their own team…

  21. NE has yet to play their first playoff game this season, and the jealousy is already in full swing…

    When you can’t beat them, you accuse them of cheating. I love the anguish NE creates, season after season.

  22. Not afraid of Baltimore one bit. It’s like now that the Steelers are knocked out everyone is looking for a team to pump up.

    Baltimore’s offense really has no weapons. I’ll give Flacco credit as a proven playoff performer but other than that who should the Patriots defense fear?

    Torrey Smith – very inconsistent
    Steve Smith – old
    Forsett – an average RB at best

    The Pat’s secondary will not be challenged, and I think a front 7 of Ninkovich, Wilfork, Jones, Ayers, Collins, Hightower will be very disruptive.

    The Patriots have their offensive line healthy again and while Suggs/Dumerville will be tough to slow down the Patriots can easily scheme against them. Help from TE’s, up tempo offense that gets the ball out quick.

    The only challenge will be stopping Suggs/Dumerville. If they do Brady will shred that sorry secondary.

  23. The Ravens “own” Tom Brady? This coming from a fan base of a team that is 3-6 all time against Brady-led Patriots teams and hadn’t even won a game against the Patriots in the history of their franchise until that playoff game in 2010 when the Patriots had lost Welker to the ACL tear. But don’t let facts stop you

  24. 2009 is completely irrelevant, throw that game away. That was arguably the worst Patriots squad in the Belichick era.

    2012 and 2013 are also useless for comparison.

    This Patriots defense is way better than any of those defenses mentioned above.

    The Ravens on the other hand are a far worse team on both sides of the ball as compared to the 2012 and 2013 Ravens.

  25. The issue with the pass rush isn’t getting hit – it’s how a QB adapts to being moved off his spot and out of his comfort zone – Manning and Brady as classic pocket guys with limited mobility have major fall offs in performance unlike a Wilson or Romo – the record is what it is and the Giants and Ravens have beaten the Pats in the post season by getting pressure with 4 – why Balt has at least a punchers chance

  26. Go back at look at how the Patriots have handled Kubiak’s offense in the past. Crushed it.

    Hell, JAX frustrated it, HOU dominated it, CLE owned it for 3 quarters until the dehydration from the Johnny Football party kicked in in BAL’s last three games.

    PIT’s defense woefully undermanned. Brice McCain vs. Revis Island… think about how much ocean is between those two guys, lol.

  27. Its always hilarious to see fans of teams that haven’t even made the playoffs for 10+ years praying for the Pats to lose. Really, its pretty sad that’s all you have to hang your hats on.

    Patriots Nation finds this amusing. And will continue to do so whether we get to and/or win the SB or not this year. The Patriots always provide us with far more quality entertainment than all but 2 or 3 of the other high end franchises.

  28. Brady and the Patriot fans can say whatever they want but we all know that out of all the AFC teams, the Ravens are the team they’d least like to see.

  29. He’s right, it’s not the same teams. But you can’t convince me Brady doesn’t remember how physical the Ravens defense can be.

    Based on their records, it’s appropriate that the Pats are favored. Still, some of their fans are making uninformed comments about the team the Pats are facing. For example, citing the 2013 game – involving, as Brady says, different teams – in which Flacco was playing injured, and those silly “jump ball” comments about a QB who is recognized as having a very strong arm and capable of performing well in difficult weather conditions.

  30. “The Ravens on the other hand are a far worse team on both sides of the ball as compared to the 2012 and 2013 Ravens.”

    And speaking of uninformed comments….

  31. Pats fans are funny, they want it both ways. Always reliving glory from last decade, yet whenever someone mentions spygate they brush it off like “that was ages ago.” Fact of the matter is the pats haven’t won a superbowl since they were caught filming other teams practices. Seahawksare going to see either the colts or Ravens in the superbowl. Hopefully it’s the Ravens. That way the Hawks can accomplish what the niners were unable to two years ago.

    #dynastybeforeyoureyes

  32. As a Patriots fan I will freely admit that I hate this match up, of the 3 possibilities this was the one I wanted least. Baltimore is one of the VERY few teams that has shown the ability to come to Gilette and win…..and in the playoffs too. Gonna be a great game on Saturday.

  33. “The Ravens on the other hand are a far worse team on both sides of the ball as compared to the 2012 and 2013 Ravens.”

    You know, besides being a bottom-3 offense in 2013 and a top-10 offense in 2014, sure.

  34. Represent the AFCN and beat the Pats. The Steelers defense wasn’t good enough this year to do real damage. The future is bright for the Steelers.

  35. Any team can win on any day in any given game but for all those who want to bring up the past play-off score the last time these teams met was in Baltimore just last year…the score 41-6 Patriots. No Revis, no Browner, no LaFell oh and no Gronk. Brady is correct two different teams!

  36. According to the analysts, this is all about Tom Brady versus anybody else.

    Same two people Tom..It is you, another year older, versus Flacco. Flacco the non-elite, jump ball guy.

    I place my bets on Flacco.

  37. The last time the Ravens and the Patriots played, in December 2013, Joe Flacco was playing with a torn MCL/PCL. Could barely move and couldn’t plant and throw at all. I don’t know why people aren’t mentioning this fact.

  38. I fell into a rabbit hole and came upon a most strange place where tv executives were discussing this week’s playoff games:
    Ravens vs Patriots: well, we need Brady vs Manning next week and the Ravens will try and run the ball so let’s have a lot of holding calls…
    Giggled an executive: “Yes, that’s it! Said the Hatter with a sigh, it’s always tea time.”
    ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
    Panthers vs Seahawks: well, it simply won’t do to have Charlotte in the mix for the ratings, so follow the same formula of the Patriot game…and if anyone here wants to champion the Panthers, it’s “Off with their heads!”
    ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
    Cowboys vs Packers: both teams draw good TV ratings but the Cowboys maybe a little bit more…the flags worked for us last week so they should do the job again this week… “It is better to be feared than loved.”
    ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
    Colts vs Broncos: Simply put, we need Manning vs Brady for the TV ratings… Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”
    ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
    And there you have it, this weekends games…

  39. Can someone please tell me what “practices” the Patriots taped? You can instantly tell an uninformed 17 year old commenter when he refers to spygate as “taping other teams practices.”

    Ah, no…they taped defensive hand signals in plain view to 70,000 people in the stadium. The same signals little Johnny in row 3 could draw out on a pad of paper while noting down and distance. Virtual non-story hyped by the tabloid that is ESPN and sucked on by the leeches of fans tired of seeing the Patriots win every year. We get it. We have crushed your dreams too many times.

  40. Pats will win this game and lose the next one. The powers that be in the NFL have decreed that Romo will get to a super bowl, that Manning will get his 2nd ring. What better scenario for the NFL: Brady-Manning, Romo-Rodgers. You can place your bets on that. The officials will make it happen.

  41. Hopefully Pats add to an already impressive most wins in the NFL post Spygate record this weekend.. Go Pats!

  42. No Lewis, No Reed, No Pollard, No Rice No Bolden (they all killed the Pats). Suggs is old… Dumervil never plays wells against the Pats. Having Ngata back is huge.

    Flacco has never played against a Pats team with Revis and Browner. The Pats D is light years better than 2009, 2011 & 2012. They have corners that can cover and a better pass rush. This D could shut out the Ravens.

    This shouldn’t be a close game but if we are gonna use history. John Harbaugh will have a plan. So the Raven have a chance. We will know half way through the 1st quarter if it will be close.

    My prediction… Flacco has a bad day … and the Ravens have no answer for a healthy Gronk. 38-17 Pats.

  43. Brady can’t get the ball to Gronk, etc if he is on his back. Then Joe Cool can’t be cold either…but it is January and Flacco normally pulls something out of his soul (or butt). Whatever it takes!

    Should be a great game of NE strategy
    and B’more will.

  44. Everybody just loves the teams that win wild card weekend. They can do no wrong and everyone else is “ripe for the pickin”. Good luck 6 seeds…your pumpkins are calling.

  45. henke1966 says:
    Jan 5, 2015 11:43 AM
    Brady and the Patriot fans can say whatever they want but we all know that out of all the AFC teams, the Ravens are the team they’d least like to see.

    Wrong! We want to play the Ravens. We want to beat them. If they are the toughest team we can play in this round, then “so be it.” Bring on the best best and we will meet the challenge and no one can say that we had it easy.

  46. seahawksfansince2013 says:
    Jan 5, 2015 11:53 AM
    Pats fans are funny, they want it both ways. Always reliving glory from last decade, yet whenever someone mentions spygate they brush it off like “that was ages ago.” Fact of the matter is the pats haven’t won a superbowl since they were caught filming other teams practices. Seahawksare going to see either the colts or Ravens in the superbowl. Hopefully it’s the Ravens. That way the Hawks can accomplish what the niners were unable to two years ago.

    First of all, do you know anything about spygate, or are you simply repeating some of the drivel you have heard? Find out what it was about…hint…nothing to do with filming other team’s practices.

  47. Typically those teams that have deep post season success have success against good teams during the regular season.

    In the case of the Ravens, they have 4 wins against the NFC south, 2 wins agains the Jaguars and the Titans. 2 wins against the Browns, a Win against the Dolphins and a win against the Steelers.

    Thier only win against a team that finished over 500 was their week 2 beating of the Steelers, who had the same easy schedule and had horrible losses to New Orleans, Tampa Bay, the Jets and the Browns. Meaning the Steelers weren’t very good.

    The Patriots played tough competition this year and went 4-1 against Indy, Cinci, Detroit, Green Bay, and Denver. All playoff teams.

    The Patriots are definitely more battle tested.

    The Ravens can possibly play the same style of defense that Rex Ryan plays and cause problems for the Patriots offense as they have in in the past, but I think the big difference between this year and any past year is that the Patriots have the better overall defense and will cause major problems for Flacco and give the Patriots some short fields.

    Of course anything can happen once the game starts and the Ravens play well this time of year, as they proved agains the Steelers this week, so you never know. However, that is why the Patriots are favored by 7, and it has nothing to do with past games.

    That’s about as objective as I can be as a Patriots fan.

    This defense is expected to step up which should be the difference. If they don’t it will be a massive disappointment.

  48. The league and team require Brady to talk more than virtually any NFL spokesman. Despite all of those the opportunities for the haters to catch him in an arrogant or dumb comment he just doesn’t make any, and he does that without relying on Belichick’s mantras. He does post some odd photos to Twittter though.

  49. “The Ravens on the other hand are a far worse team on both sides of the ball as compared to the 2012 and 2013 Ravens.”

    You know, besides being a bottom-3 offense in 2013 and a top-10 offense in 2014, sure. ……Not to mention even though we had Lewis,Reed and Co. The Ravens D was not even close to a top ten D was old and slow and did not have the pass rush or o-line that they have now Ravens D is ranked 8th this year in 2012 it was 17 and 2013 it was 29th so it’s 2 new teams playing this weekend plain and simple .

  50. A point on Flacco’s playoff record… Since the 2008 Season, Flacco is 10-4 in the playoffs. A very good record. Flacco has one Super Bowl, which is amazing, but he’s still lost a playoff game or missed the playoffs in 5 of his 6 years.

    Half of Flacco’s 10 playoff wins have come on Wild card weekend. He is 5-4 from the divisional playoffs onward (and 3 of those wins came in the Super Bowl year). QBs that have earned byes have not had the opportunity to win those games as they basically get an automatic win that doesn’t show up on their playoff record.

    Also… QBs don’t get any kind of blemish on their playoff record for missing the playoffs, like Flacco did last year, even though it’s worse than making the playoffs and losing. Brady went 1-1 and made the AFC Championship, which is better than missing the playoffs, but it drives the playoff winning percentage down compared to Flacco going 0-0.

  51. It all comes down to this. Can the Pats O-line hold off the superior Ravens D-line long enough for Brady to exploit the inferior Ravens secondary?

    I have seen some real good and some real bad games from that O-line this year. If they can do what they did in Baltimore year before last, we can look forward to another big day for New England. If not, the game could easily swing the other way.

  52. It’s one thing to be a fan of a team, but it’s another to be a fan of a team and TOTALLY neglect the other team’s strength or strengths.

    I’m a Ravens fan. I’ll be happy if they win, but I will survive if the Ravens don’t win this weekend. I’m not so sure about some of the Patriots ‘fans’ who post here being able to survive if the Patriots don’t win.

  53. For BOTH these teams, the road to a SB should lead through each other. They should be happy to have each other. Does either really think that blowing out Cincy or Indy is the best way to prepare for the Broncos, Seahawks, or Packers?

  54. To those of you who think you can change the minds of NFL fans who think that the Patriots were taping other teams’ practices I would remind you that nearly 8 in 10 Americans believe in angels.

  55. vancouversportsbro says:Jan 5, 2015 1:19 PM

    Down goes Frazier! The Ravens will win this one by two possessions. Jump ball Joe defeats terrible Tom again

    —————

    The Ravens are Frazier. The Patriots are definitely Ali.

  56. People seem to ignore the fact it was Denver caught and fined for taping other teams practices, not the Pats.

  57. Typically those teams that have deep post season success have success against good teams during the regular season.

    In the case of the Ravens, they have 4 wins against the NFC south, 2 wins agains the Jaguars and the Titans. 2 wins against the Browns, a Win against the Dolphins and a win against the Steelers.

    Thier only win against a team that finished over 500 was their week 2 beating of the Steelers, who had the same easy schedule and had horrible losses to New Orleans, Tampa Bay, the Jets and the Browns. Meaning the Steelers weren’t very good.

    The Patriots played tough competition this year and went 4-1 against Indy, Cinci, Detroit, Green Bay, and Denver. All playoff teams.

    The Patriots are definitely more battle tested.

    The Ravens can possibly play the same style of defense that Rex Ryan plays and cause problems for the Patriots offense as they have in in the past, but I think the big difference between this year and any past year is that the Patriots have the better overall defense and will cause major problems for Flacco and give the Patriots some short fields.

    Of course anything can happen once the game starts and the Ravens play well this time of year, as they proved agains the Steelers this week, so you never know. However, that is why the Patriots are favored by 7, and it has nothing to do with past games.

    That’s about as objective as I can be as a Patriots fan.

    This defense is expected to step up which should be the difference. If they don’t it will be a massive disappointment.
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    Um the Patriots have a better overall defense? Their defense is ranked number 13 while the Ravens even with a decimated secondary is ranked 8th. And the Ravens have the 12th ranked offense while the Patriots have the 11th. All that talk about who the Ravens beat, etc. is mumbo-jumbo. They played who was on their schedule because of the NFL schedule rotation and their third place finish in 2013. These teams are closely matched even with 18 players on IR for the Ravens.

  58. deathonwings410 says:Jan 5, 2015 2:28 PM

    Typically those teams that have deep post season success have success against good teams during the regular season.

    In the case of the Ravens, they have 4 wins against the NFC south, 2 wins agains the Jaguars and the Titans. 2 wins against the Browns, a Win against the Dolphins and a win against the Steelers.

    Thier only win against a team that finished over 500 was their week 2 beating of the Steelers, who had the same easy schedule and had horrible losses to New Orleans, Tampa Bay, the Jets and the Browns. Meaning the Steelers weren’t very good.

    The Patriots played tough competition this year and went 4-1 against Indy, Cinci, Detroit, Green Bay, and Denver. All playoff teams.

    The Patriots are definitely more battle tested.

    The Ravens can possibly play the same style of defense that Rex Ryan plays and cause problems for the Patriots offense as they have in in the past, but I think the big difference between this year and any past year is that the Patriots have the better overall defense and will cause major problems for Flacco and give the Patriots some short fields.

    Of course anything can happen once the game starts and the Ravens play well this time of year, as they proved agains the Steelers this week, so you never know. However, that is why the Patriots are favored by 7, and it has nothing to do with past games.

    That’s about as objective as I can be as a Patriots fan.

    This defense is expected to step up which should be the difference. If they don’t it will be a massive disappointment.
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    Um the Patriots have a better overall defense? Their defense is ranked number 13 while the Ravens even with a decimated secondary is ranked 8th. And the Ravens have the 12th ranked offense while the Patriots have the 11th. All that talk about who the Ravens beat, etc. is mumbo-jumbo. They played who was on their schedule because of the NFL schedule rotation and their third place finish in 2013. These teams are closely matched even with 18 players on IR for the Ravens.

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    It’s mumbo jumbo that the Ravens didn’t beat any playoff caliber teams all season except the Steelers? I would say that has a lot more meaning that ranking on yards allowed.

    Ranking on score is a much better measure.

    The Patriots allowed only 11 more points in the season to much better competition then the Ravens. The Patriots have the better defense at the moment, and the excuses regarding players on IR don’t matter. That’s just part of the game.

    That said, it only matters who plays better on Saturday.

  59. Just because Navy has won more games recently than Army and the Air Force, do they just give the commander’s trophy to Navy, and not play the games?

    If IU or Purdue goes into the Old Oaken Bucket game with one having a nine or ten win season, and the other less than five, do they just give the bucket to the team with the winning record, and not play the game?

    If either SC or UCLA is headed to the Rose Bowl and the other team is headed to the couch, do they not play the game?

    Etc.

    The same can be said of just about any sport at any level (grade school, jr. high, high school, college, pro). No team can be counted down and completely out – even teams that have a 200 game losing streak breaks it and can occasionally win a game. (Chaminade over Virginia and Ralph Sampson ring anyone’s memories?)

    That’s why they play the game (and for Vegas bettors to lose or make money).

  60. I find it interesting that national pundits and haters in general love pointing to “The last time the Ravens came to Foxboro”. That was with Rice, Reed and Lewis. Two totally different teams than two years ago. Pundits also don’t mention the last time the two teams actually played. I believe it was a final score of 41-7 IN Baltimore and that was without Gronk, Mayo, Wilfork, Browner and Revis. Flacco is on the road all of the time in the Playoffs for a reason. They never play well enough to secure home field advantage. I would much rather have a team with success AT HOME during the playoffs.

  61. Why do people say the patriots haven’t won anything since spy-gate?

    How about 10 consecutive seasons of double digit wins since winning the last Superbowl? As well as went to two Superbowls and lost on one ridiculous catch and one great pass. How many teams would like that?

  62. rob471773 says:
    Jan 5, 2015 11:27 AM
    2009 is completely irrelevant, throw that game away. That was arguably the worst Patriots squad in the Belichick era.

    2012 and 2013 are also useless for comparison.

    This Patriots defense is way better than any of those defenses mentioned above.

    The Ravens on the other hand are a far worse team on both sides of the ball as compared to the 2012 and 2013 Ravens.
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    Hmm… You didn’t like the results of 2009, 2012, and 2013 so we’ll just go ahead and throw those out since they don’t help your argument, sure. The Ravens are far worse on both sides of the ball since 2012 and 2013? Have you actually taken the time to look at their league rank in those categories or are you just assuming??? Go ahead and do a little research then get back to me. I’ll wait…

  63. I keep reading that New England team and fans are arrogant. But… the Ravens are the last organization that could be considered humble.

  64. gladi8er says:
    Jan 5, 2015 2:21 PM
    At least Bernard Pollard is gone…
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    Glad you mentioned it. Can’t believe it took 70 something comments before someone pointed this out. People say the Ravens don’t have Reed or Lewis anymore, but i think in this matchup the biggest loss will be lining up without Pollard the Patriots killer…

  65. This is a win-win for me as a Steeler fan. If the Ravens win, trolls like TedMurph will have their head explode, watching an inferior AFCN team beat the vaunted Patriots.

    On the other side, the if the Patriots win, Ravens fans will see how much they overachieved this year.

    Whoever wins, a blow out would be icing on the cake.

  66. cfeeley52 says:
    Jan 5, 2015 4:07 PM
    rob471773 says:
    Jan 5, 2015 11:27 AM
    2009 is completely irrelevant, throw that game away. That was arguably the worst Patriots squad in the Belichick era.

    2012 and 2013 are also useless for comparison.

    This Patriots defense is way better than any of those defenses mentioned above.

    The Ravens on the other hand are a far worse team on both sides of the ball as compared to the 2012 and 2013 Ravens.
    ________________________________________

    2012 Ravens:

    17th in total defense
    16th in total offense

    2013 Ravens:

    12th in total defense
    29th in total offense

    2014 Ravens:

    8th in total defense
    12th in total offense

    So clearly, the Ravens are far worse, on both sides of the ball. #Sarcasm.

  67. @ steelersnowand4ever says: Jan 5, 2015 3:01 PM

    Steelers fan here….boy it hurts to say this…..GO RAVENS!!!!!!

    ____________

    Dude …Say it ain’t so???

    Terry Bradshaw

  68. One of the best defenses we’ve had since the 2007 season Revis & Browner can maintain Steve & Torey. While Hightower Collins & Wilfork are crushing their run game. Fkacco will have to do what Stafford had to do, and that’s get his TE involved more than normal. (Stafford failed to win by the way.) It will be a great one, I hope the O-line play a lot better than they have recently.

  69. Certain coaches know how to play the patriots. Patriots barely won by 3 and 1 points against jets.yeah the team with just 3 wins. Players change of course but both John harbaugh and Rex Ryan how to counter bill belicheck. This game will come down to last few exciting minutes to know the outcome.

  70. 2009 is completely irrelevant, throw that game away. That was arguably the worst Patriots squad in the Belichick era.

    2012 and 2013 are also useless for comparison.

    This Patriots defense is way better than any of those defenses mentioned above.

    The Ravens on the other hand are a far worse team on both sides of the ball as compared to the 2012 and 2013 Ravens.

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    You do realize that this is the best offense Baltimore has ever had right? Set franchise records this season? You can’t say that this is a worse team on both sides on that fact alone.

    The defense is still pretty decent. The secondary is patchwork, but the front seven is damn near unstoppable. Suggs and Dumervil coming off the edge requires 3 blockers minimum. Using 2 will only result in hits and sacks. Ngata and Jernigan in the middle are an absolute nightmare for any offensive line. When you add Chris Canty and Pernell McPhee to it, you really have a problem. Having C.J. Mosley patroling the middle and blitzing occasionally is pretty solid too. Let’s not forget one of the most underrated players on the field, Cortney Upshaw. Daryl Smith will have a leadership role and still plays like a top line backer. Brandon Williams is a beast and a match up nightmare too. D’Angelo Tyson is a great rotational player to keep others fresh. Don’t think that it’s going to be a cake walk for Brady just because the secondary is weak. He will need time for his receivers to get open which is what the Ravens don’t give much of. This is going to be a great game and I look forward to watching it.

  71. Ah, no…they taped defensive hand signals in plain view to 70,000 people in the stadium.
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    Well why didn’t you say that in the first place. Someone call Goodell and tell him to reverse the unprecented disciplinary action levied against the Pats, this was obviously a huge misunderstanding. 70,000 people can vouch for that.

  72. As a Ravens fan, I am happy as hell about making it to the playoffs AND beating the Steelers. But I think the Patriots will walk all over us.

    The Ravens have a decimated OL playing completely out of position, and a secondary held together with masking tape. It can’t last.

    Tom and Gronk alone should be more than enough to get the Patriots a win. Trust me, the secondary is BAD.

    Hope it’s a clean, competitive game.

  73. “Tom is going to tear the ravens secondary apart” -Damn that sounds familiar … I heard over a hundred times last week that Ben was supposed to do the same thing. Their secondary has stepped up the last quarter of the season and their defense as a whole had been extremely stingy. “The last time they played in 2013 the pats won 41-7 and knocked baltimore out of the playoffs” – I guess you missed the entire point that Tom Brady just made. IRRELEVANT.

  74. “Tom is going to tear the ravens secondary apart” -Damn that sounds familiar … I heard over a hundred times last week that Ben was supposed to do the same thing.
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    The Stealers totally gave up on the running game and the Ravens focused exclusively on the pass.

  75. Brady needs to show up and not choke again. I’m just keeping it real, it’s been almost a full 10 years since the last chip, 27 years old with 3 rings is AMAZING. How does he not have 4 already? Get it done. The patriots offense turned to crap at home against the ravens in the 2012 title game. And if not for billy c. it’s 3 losses to the ravens. No more excuses this team is healthy and talented, get it done. Hate that some fellow patriot fans view Brady has a ‘god’, nah he is just a man. Go patriots! Just tired of B.S in the playoffs already.

  76. How many times did we hear that the steelers didn’t need bell? To rest him and that this was a bye week for the steelers and that Ben would carry them solely on his shoulders? Even Hines ward said all they had to do was let Ben loose and that he would slice up baltimores “shaky” secondary. Soon as that didn’t happen you started hearing the “if bell wasn’t injured” excuses again. Please. Now it’s like dejavu all over again with Tom Brady. We will see.

  77. “Tom is going to tear the ravens secondary apart” -Damn that sounds familiar … I heard over a hundred times last week that Ben was supposed to do the same thing.
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    The Stealers totally gave up on the running game and the Ravens focused exclusively on the pass.

    You wanna know why they gave up on the run game? It’s bc the ravens d line shuts down the run! Don’t give me that bell injured excuse crap either- he wouldn’t have been able to run on them anyway( nor did he in first 2 games). I expect the same thing to happen to the pats . Although I believe they will have a slightly better shot with Blount. Steelers messed up by letting him go, that could have saved their season when bell went down.

  78. The Ravens can possibly play the same style of defense that Rex Ryan plays and cause problems for the Patriots offense as they have in in the past, but I think the big difference between this year and any past year is that the Patriots have the better overall defense and will cause major problems for Flacco and give the Patriots some short fields.

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    ???? sorry, what?

    Pts allowed: Baltimore 5, NE 8.

    Y/play allowed: Baltimore 8, NE 12.

    Y/rush: Baltimore 3, NE 8

    Y/game (the one most people use to rank a defense): Bal 8, NE 13.

    I’m confused, which stat are you looking at to say NE has the better D overall? They have a MUCH better secondary, but worse defense overall.

  79. Baltimores redzone defense is probably the best in the league. (They are ranked 2nd). This will be huge on Saturday . Like harbaugh said vs the steelers- feild goals are not going to beat baltimore.

  80. Nope MARCIA BRADY IS NOT GETTING PASSED MY DEFENSE!!! Suggs and we have Forsset and Tori I don’t care what anyone thinks of my team but patriots are coward specialy marcia brady.he should be a cinderella princess not QB if your scared getting scratches and bruises.

  81. ???? sorry, what?

    Pts allowed: Baltimore 5, NE 8.

    Y/play allowed: Baltimore 8, NE 12.

    Y/rush: Baltimore 3, NE 8

    Y/game (the one most people use to rank a defense): Bal 8, NE 13.

    I’m confused, which stat are you looking at to say NE has the better D overall? They have a MUCH better secondary, but worse defense overall.
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    stats are meaningless against inferior opponents. they played the NFC south, AFC South, Cleveland twice, and what, the 3rd best from the other AFC divisions?

  82. You wanna know why they gave up on the run game? It’s bc the ravens d line shuts down the run! Don’t give me that bell injured excuse crap either- he wouldn’t have been able to run on them anyway( nor did he in first 2 games).
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    Yes… the last game the Steelers didn’t get many yard on the ground… but they had both Bell and Blount that Baltimore had to respect. That enabled Ben to air it out effectively for 6 tds. This time there was zero rushing threat.

  83. Like I said.. How many times did we hear over the past week that the steelers would be able to win regardless with Ben putting the team on his shoulders? They knew they were going to be one dimensional and still thought he could solely air it out and win. Obviously this was not the case. I realize not everybody was dumb enough to believe that, but Hines ward sure was.

  84. Yes… the last game the Steelers didn’t get many yard on the ground… but they had both Bell and Blount that Baltimore had to respect. That enabled Ben to air it out effectively for 6 tds. This time there was zero rushing threat. – you left out the rest of my comment. I said that the steelers should have kept Blount and it possibly would have saved their season. If they kept him the threat of the run would have been there. I also said that the pats will have a better shot with him. Even though they still haven’t allowed a 100 yard rusher since 2013 and they’ve only givin up a few Tds in the last 4 games.

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