Ravens-Patriots first look: Baltimore tries to repeat its New England success
Baltimore (11-6) at New England (12-4), 4:35 pm ET, NBC
Winning in Foxboro won’t be easy, but the Ravens may have the best chance of any remaining AFC playoff team. For one thing, Baltimore isn’t lacking for confidence after last Saturday’s 30-17 first-round triumph at Pittsburgh. Baltimore’s 10 postseason road victories are tied with Green Bay for the most in NFL history even though the franchise didn’t exist until 1996. One of those wins came in the 2012 AFC Championship Game, which will surely be revisited in the media this week because of the result and how some Ravens players celebrated the victory.
Suggs resisted taking another swipe at New England following the Steelers win, but he did infer the NFL wanted a Patriots-Seattle Super Bowl and that the Ravens would "try and disrupt some people’s plans." To do that, Baltimore needs the same caliber of performance it had against the Steelers to topple a Patriots squad that won 10 of 11 games before resting starters in the season-ending loss against Buffalo.