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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | January 12, 2009
One of the most intense NFL rivalries is about to reach a new level. The Ravens will clash with the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday's AFC championship game at Heinz Field, the first time these divisional adversaries will face each other in the conference title game. It will be a chance at redemption for the Ravens, who lost both games to the Steelers this season - but by the slimmest of margins. In a 23-20 loss at Pittsburgh, the difference was Jeff Reed's 46-yard field goal in overtime.
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By Matt Vensel | January 13, 2014
In Sunday's AFC championship game, two of the NFL's fastest teams -- in terms of what their offenses do between plays, not during -- will battle it out with a spot in the Super Bowl on the line. The New England Patriots and Denver Broncos both rank in the top five in the league in pace of play, according to Football Outsiders . Led by future Hall of Fame quarterbacks, those two high-scoring offenses often forgo a huddle and rush to the line of scrimmage to keep defenders on their heels, strand would-be substitutions on the sidelines, and sometimes limit what the defensive coordinators can call.
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By Mike Jensen and Mike Jensen,Knight-Ridder News Service | January 14, 1995
SAN DIEGO -- Stan Humphries, tough guy. That's the image the San Diego Chargers quarterback will bring to tomorrow's AFC championship game in Pittsburgh. That's the image he cemented a month into this season.It was late in the fourth quarter in Los Angeles, and Humphries had just thrown an interception that led to a go-ahead touchdown for the Raiders. His knee had been scrambled from behind by a 310-pound lineman.Trainers and doctors surrounded Humphries as the Raiders kicked off. Gale Gilbert, the Chargers' backup quarterback, started onto the field.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2013
Swiveling in the pocket as he eyed the Ravens' coverage schemes during the AFC championship game last January, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady certainly didn't lack for inviting targets downfield. Brady threw to tight end Aaron Hernandez and wide receivers Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd. During a 28-13 loss at Gillette Stadium, he passed with 320 yards for one touchdown and two interceptions. Heading into Sunday's rematch against the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium, however, Brady is no longer so fortunate.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2013
Since being signed Sept. 3, James Ihedigbo has been a versatile player for the Ravens. The 6-foot-1, 214-pound Ihedigbo started three games at strong safety for Bernard Pollard when he was dealing with a rib injury and finished the regular season with 19 tackles and one sack. The six-year veteran has also contributed on special teams, finishing with six tackles in the regular season. Ihedigbo spent the first four years of his career with the New York Jets before going to Super Bowl XLVI last season as a member of the New England Patriots, the Ravens' opponent in Sunday's AFC championship game.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | January 13, 2001
OAKLAND, Calif. - The Ravens made the cover of Sports Illustrated this week. They have been the talk - and the talkers - of the NFL's second season. Sound bites, feature stories - the Ravens are everywhere. Now they're here for tomorrow's AFC championship game, and the Oakland Raiders are eager to find out if reputation matches reality. Last night, the Raiders spoke with respect - but not awe - about the showdown. "We're looking forward to playing against that defense," said Oakland quarterback Rich Gannon.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | January 20, 2000
In a quiet conversation before Sunday's AFC divisional playoff game, Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher reminded star running back Eddie George of his suddenly expanding role. "I told him when we traded up in the 1996 draft to get him, this was the reason," Fisher said. "You need the running back to win games like this." It has become clear, two rounds into the NFL's postseason tournament, that the Titans will go as far as George can carry them. After rushing for 106 yards in a 22-16 win over the Buffalo Bills, George powered for 162 yards in a 19-16 decision over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | January 9, 2001
They win in the most outlandish style, riding a tidal wave of big plays on defense and special teams that threatens to swamp this year's Super Bowl tournament. The Ravens are nothing if not inventive in finding ways to make their mark this season. Sunday's AFC divisional playoff game in Nashville, Tenn., was a case in point. A 90-yard return by Anthony Mitchell on a deflected field goal and a 50-yard interception return by linebacker Ray Lewis propelled the Ravens past the Tennessee Titans, 24-10.
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January 27, 2002
New England (12-5) at Pittsburgh (14-3) What: AFC championship game. Time: 12:30 p.m., chs. 13, 9. Line: Steelers by 10. Vs. spread: Patriots 11-5; Steelers 12-4. Vs. common opponents: Patriots 4-2; Steelers 5-1. Series: Steelers lead 12-5. Last meeting: Patriots won, 23-9, at Pittsburgh on Dec. 6, 1998. Last week: Patriots beat Raiders, 16-13, in OT at New England; Steelers beat Ravens, 27-10, at Pittsburgh. Postseason records: Patriots 8-10; Steelers 22-16. Coaches: Bill Belichick, second season with Patriots, seventh overall, 54-61.
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By Matt Vensel | January 13, 2014
In Sunday's AFC championship game, two of the NFL's fastest teams -- in terms of what their offenses do between plays, not during -- will battle it out with a spot in the Super Bowl on the line. The New England Patriots and Denver Broncos both rank in the top five in the league in pace of play, according to Football Outsiders . Led by future Hall of Fame quarterbacks, those two high-scoring offenses often forgo a huddle and rush to the line of scrimmage to keep defenders on their heels, strand would-be substitutions on the sidelines, and sometimes limit what the defensive coordinators can call.
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The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2013
A collection of what other media outlets are saying as the Ravens prepare for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans at M&T Bank Stadium. * Texans safety Ed Reed, who was a guest on "The Rich Eisen Podcast" on Tuesday, says he has bigger goals than this Sunday's game with his former team . Reed was a call-in guest Tuesday on "The Rich Eisen Podcast," where he explained why missing a game against the team he won a Super Bowl with...
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2013
For the first time since he was beaten out by Justin Tucker last year for the kicking job, former Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff will return to M&T Bank Stadium for a regular season game Sunday. Cundiff was signed by the Cleveland Browns as the replacement for Phil Dawson after they cut Shayne Graham during the final major roster cutdown. Cundiff was a Pro Bowl selection in 2010 with the Ravens, but faltered during the 2011 season as his infamous rushed 32-yard field goal missed badly during the final moments of an AFC championship game loss to the New England Patriots.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2013
Ravens cornerback Corey Graham went from relative obscurity as a former Chicago Bears Pro Bowl special teams ace to a key defender for the Ravens last postseason. He earned that distinction by intercepting Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning twice in an AFC divisional-round win. Now, Graham is no longer a secret heading into Thursday night's rematch between the Ravens and Broncos to begin the NFL regular season. "If you go out there and make a few plays and help your team win the game, it means a lot," Graham said.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2013
Edward Reed was a mess. Jeanne Hall - the woman the Ravens safety calls a second mother - can't find any other way to put it when she thinks back to the classes he missed and the assignments he disregarded as a freshman at Destrehan High. But he was such a charming, clever mess - a kid who wrote romantic poems at the same time he played football like no one the school had ever seen. "You're either going to be a comedian or a preacher," she used to say on the many nights he stayed at her home, trying to get his world in order.
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Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2013
Ravens strong safety Bernard Pollard lived up to his intimidating reputation as one of the hardest hitters in the NFL, knocking New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley out of Sunday's AFC championship game with a devastating fourth-quarter tackle. During the Ravens' 28-13 AFC victory at Gillette Stadium, Ridley was down on the ground for several scary minutes before finally walking off the field under his own power. "Bernard, man, he's a hitter," Ravens free safety Ed Reed said.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2013
Ray Lewis knelt on the field and put his head on the ground, practically attaching himself to the turf in complete jubilation. Surrounded by his adoring teammates, the retiring middle linebacker was overcome with emotion following the Ravens' 28-13 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday night in the AFC championship game at Gillette Stadim. For Lewis, it was a triumph of will after telling his teammates that he would be back on the field alongside them after tearing his right triceps in October against the Dallas Cowboys.
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By KEN MURRAY | December 21, 2008
Taking aim With the Saints out of the playoffs, QB Drew Brees needs 753 passing yards in his final two games to overtake Dan Marino's single-season record (5,084). Brees should get a bunch against the Lions today. The key will be next week's game against Carolina, which might need to win for seeding purposes. Marino's record should survive. Taking heat Jim Zorn's Redskins started the season 6-2, but after losing five of six, the coach's job security is in question. Last week, he pointed the finger at himself.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2012
Boston Mayor Thomas N. Menino has a crab cake dinner coming courtesy of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. The two mayors wagered a seafood dinner on Sunday's AFC Championship game between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens. Menino pledged lobster if his home team lost, and Rawlings-Blake promised to fork over crab cakes from J.W. Fairly Seafood in Lexington Market — a bet she didn't expect to pay out. And for much of the game, it looked like she wouldn't have to as the Ravens kept pace with the Patriots.
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January 19, 2013
About Baltimore Sun staff picks: Each week, Sun columnists and NFL reporters will pick games (not against the spread) Sunday's games 49ers at Falcons Ravens at Patriots Kevin Cowherd Last week: 2-2 Overall: 177-86-1 49ers 27, Falcons 21: Colin Kaepernick's made a believer out of me. He's fast, smart and a winner. Better yet he's on a roll. That was a Mona Lisa of a game the 49ers QB turned in against the Green Bay Packers last week: 181 yards rushing and 263 yards passing for two touchdowns.
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Kevin Cowherd | January 19, 2013
You want story lines for Sunday's AFC championship game? Oh, do we have storylines. Here are just a few: Are the Ravens really this team of destiny we keep hearing about? Can they avenge last year's 23-20 loss to the New England Patriots in this same game? Can they exorcise once and for all that horror-show ending that deatured Lee Evans' dropped/stripped pass Billy Cundiff's shanked field goal? Is this Ray Lewis' last game? Will Ed Reed and his sore neck, which now has all the consistency of Rice Krispies, follow Ray-Ray into retirement if the Ravens lose?
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