Monday January 5th, 2015

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says he is not going to concern himself with past matchups between his team and the Baltimore Ravens, New England’s opponent in Saturday’s AFC Divisional Playoff.

Baltimore has beaten New England in two of their past three meetings, including a 28-13 victory in the 2013 AFC Championship Game. The Ravens went on to win their second Super Bowl in franchise history.

Baltimore also beat New England on the road during the 2009 playoffs.

“We can never change anything that’s happened in the past, nor can they. You can’t bring players out of retirement, they can’t either,” Brady said on WEEI. “It’s the guys we’ve got versus the guys they’ve got, which that’s an entirely new team that we have and an entirely new team that they have.”

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New England went 12-4 in the regular season and earned the No. 1 seed in the AFC, while the Ravens advanced by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-17 on Saturday.

Brady said he is aware that playoff football is entirely different from the regular season.

“You catch a team at the wrong time or you play sloppy football, your season’s over,” Brady said. "That’s what happens this time of year. We’ve got to play well, Baltimore’s got to play well if they want to win.”

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