Ravens walking into a tough place to win

New England has won more games at home than any other team in NFL since '02

January 19, 2012|By Edward Lee

When the Ravens travel to Foxborough, Mass., for Sunday’s AFC championship game, they may face more than just one opponent in the New England Patriots.

The Ravens will be tasked with contradicting a history of dominance at Gillette Stadium, where – since 2002 – New England has won more regular-season games (67) and postseason contests (eight) than any other team in the NFL.

The Patriots have dropped just two playoff games at home, but both losses occurred in back-to-back years beginning with the Ravens’ 33-14 demolition in the 2009 postseason. Still, the Ravens understand the challenge that awaits them.

“I think anytime you get a team that plays really well at home, they are in a lot of games and they are winning a lot of games,” quarterback Joe Flacco said. “If you give [fans] something to cheer about, they are going to be loud and they are going to be positive for that team. That is the biggest thing with playing there. They have a good football team. They win a lot of games. They are in a lot of games. There is never really a point in the game where they are not excited about what is going on with their team. I think it is our job to go in there and play the way we can play and try and play well so we can take them out of it as much as we can.”

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