Many players on the
But for fans, it's difficult to forget that 33-14 victory, which got off to a rolling start when running back
The Ravens began on their own 17-yard line after a kick return by
The play was designed to go to the left with fullback Le'Ron McClainlined up on that side and tight end
"We were running left, and then Ray just cut it back up in there," Birk said. "It was just a great feel by Ray. Whether he saw it, I think he just felt it. Just felt that was where the hole was and could cut it back."
The running lane opened courtesy of blocks by McClain and right guard
"I just got up to the backer and blocked him," Yanda recalled. "It was nothing magical. I did my job. I'm not saying it was anything great on my part. I made a block, and I would say that Ray made a better cut and then made the safety miss. A lot of backs get to the safety all the time and then they don't have those big runs. Ray makes a lot of guys miss."
On the left side of the line, left guard
"It was a zone play," Grubbs said. "He was in my zone, and I just took my track and blocked him."
With Yanda and Grubbs into the second level of the Patriots' defense, Rice had a hole over the spot where Yanda had stood moments ago. Had Rice run straight ahead, cornerback
But Rice cut back to his left, avoiding Springs' potential momentum-turning tackle. Rice said he went that way after correctly assessing that safety
"When I saw the safety, I saw the angle that he was taking, and I wanted to break his angle," Rice said. "He was coming up and by the time I hit it full speed, I squirted to the left. So he was already in chase mode. I wasn't looking at the corner. The corner was the least of my concerns. The receivers take care of them. The safeties are the guys that we have to take care of."
In a span of 13 seconds, Rice had the second-longest run in NFL postseason history and the longest in the franchise's playoff history. He would finish with a Ravens postseason-best 159 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Not surprisingly, Wilfork said that play has no resonance with the Patriots heading into Sunday.
"It doesn't have any relevance to what we're doing," Wilfork said. "That was back a couple years ago, and this is a new ballclub. I'm pretty sure they have guys on their team that weren't there, and I know we have guys on our team that weren't here. So really, that plays no factor."