To a man, the
Perhaps, they were too exhausted and emotionally drained from having played a four-hour, 16-minute game to give it much thought. Perhaps, they simply couldn't decide, knowing that they would have a score to settle either way. Maybe they were riding with so much momentum and confidence, following one of the best victories that any of them had ever experienced, that it just didn't matter.
Regardless, the uncertainty of where they'll be Sunday was replaced this evening by the reality that they'll get another shot against the
The Ravens and Patriots will kickoff at 6:30 Sunday in a rematch of a late September regular-season game and last year's AFC championship. The Ravens beat the Patriots, 31-30, at M&T Bank Stadium in Week 3 of the season, but undoubtedly, much of the talk this week will be about the playoff matchup last January and the visitors trying to avenge one of their most bitter defeats in team history.
The Patriots won, 23-20, in a game defined by wide receiver
Here they are a year later after a regular season in which they lost several key performers to injuries, fired their offensive coordinator following their 13th game and dropped four of their past five contests heading into the playoffs.
"We just have to keep moving forward," Ravens safety
For the Ravens, the victory earned them back-to-back AFC championship game berths for the first time in team history. For coach
"This is, in its own right, incomparable," Harbaugh said. "We've never been through anything quite like this, but that's how life is. No two moments are ever exactly the same. This has been pretty incredible and unexplainable. I'm just very humble and grateful. It's really hard to get into these spots and have the opportunity to do this."
How hard? Harbaugh had just watched his team defeat the Broncos when rookie
In the game, the Ravens allowed an NFL-postseason record two return touchdowns to
The comeback had running back
"I think we are special just by what we've been through all year, injury-wise," said Lewis, who has 30 tackles in two games since returning from a torn right triceps. "For the first half last week, that was the first time me,
After the Patriots put the finishing touches on the Texans,
"It's kind of weird that we're back," Smith said following Saturday's victory in which he beat perennial All-Pro cornerback
The Patriots, who piled up 457 yards of offense to beat the Texans and got three touchdowns from reserve running back
However, the Patriots' victory over the Texans came with a cost as star tight end
The Ravens will be playing at Gillette Stadium for the third time in the past four postseasons. They are 1-1 in those games, but the last one is certainly still in the back of their minds.
"We fought hard to get back to this point," said Flacco, who threw for 306 yards and two touchdowns in the loss to the Patriots last January. "We are definitely proud of being here, and we feel like it is going to take a lot for someone to come and kick us off that field come the AFC championship game. We are going to give it our all and we know what it felt like last year. We walked off that field without that win. We know what we've put in to get back to point. It's going to be a great game."