So what else is new?
This is the fifth consecutive season the Patriots have earned one of the
"We've put ourselves in a good position," said New England quarterback
"We're very confident," said Ravens quarterback
New England's quarterback has another
Against Pittsburgh last weekend, Flacco completed 18 of 29 passes for 259 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He has thrown 166 passes in postseason play without being picked off; that's the fourth-longest streak in league history.
Flacco needs 14 more passes without an interception to surpass both Steve Young (173) and Montana (179) to move into second place behind
The temperature is expected to hover in the low-20s for Saturday's game, so the teams have been preparing for the cold. While the Patriots practiced outside Friday, the Ravens had to move indoors because their fields were frozen and unplayable.
Baltimore compensated by opening the doors of its indoor facility and letting the mercury drop. Some of the Ravens players practiced without sleeves to accentuate the effect of the cold.
Goodie in a hoodie
The head coaches with the most playoff wins in NFL history:
Coach; Team(s); Wins
By the numbers
; BALT; NE
Points scored; 25.6 (8); 29.2 (4)
Points allowed; 18.9 (6); 19.6 (8)
Pass offense; 238.7 (13); 239.8 (16)
Rush offense; 126.2 (8); 104.3 (24)
Pass defense; 248.7 (24); 239.7 (17)
Rush defense; 88.2 (4); 104.3 (9)
Sacks; 49 (2); 40 (13)
Penalty yards; 62.9 (28); 47 (4)
Turnovers; +2 (14); +12 (2)
There's something to the Ravens' ability to win at Gillette, something they nearly accomplished three times in a row. They've done it with different players, and different offensive coordinators. Coach John Harbaugh has been tremendous. The Ravens have a game plan to beat the Patriots, but they don't have the secondary to pull it off this time. The Patriots can run it when they need to, throw when they need to, and they've got a little too much for Baltimore.