are truly on a magical ride to the
, the road to New Orleans was always going to go through
That’s not the only reason that the Patriots should have been the preferred option for the Ravens and their fans, though the
Of course, every Ravens player who took to the podium Monday afternoon said that last year was last year and that both teams are in very different places than they were at this time in 2012. For that matter, they are much different teams than the ones who met in that one-point game in Baltimore last September.
Just like last week, the Ravens open their preparations as a 9 ½-point underdog, but we all saw what that meant last week against
Then they overcame two special teams touchdowns to win a game they really had no business winning.
Maybe that was the high-water mark for their season, but they head to New England as healthy as they've been all year and they've already proven – with their 7-4 playoff record in the Harbaugh/Flacco era – they can compete with anyone either home or away.