January 08, 2015

BALTIMORE (11-6) at NEW ENGLAND (12-4)

Saturday, 4:35 p.m. ET, NBC

OPENING LINE - Patriots by 7

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Baltimore 9-8, New England 9-7

SERIES RECORD - Patriots lead 8-3

LAST MEETING - Patriots beat Ravens 41-7, Dec. 22, 2013

LAST WEEK - Ravens beat Steelers 30-17; Patriots had bye, lost to Bills 17-9 on Dec. 28, 2014

AP PRO32 RANKING - Ravens No. 10 (tie), Patriots No. 2





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Ravens 2-1 in postseason vs. Patriots, all in past five seasons with all games in Foxborough, but 1-7 against New England in regular season. ... Patriots (three) and Ravens (two) have five of past 14 Super Bowl championships. ... Ravens tied for second in NFL with 49 sacks, led by LB Elvis Dumervil's 17, while Patriots allowed 26 sacks, tied for fourth fewest. ... Patriots and Ravens two of four teams to reach playoffs in six of past seven seasons. ... Ravens won Super Bowl after 28-13 AFC title game victory over Patriots in 2012 season. ... Baltimore has 10 postseason wins since 2008, twice as many as any other team. Seven road playoff wins are most in that span. ... Joe Flacco passed for 259 yards, 2 TDs and no INTs in 30-17 wild-card win at Pittsburgh, has thrown for 13 TDs and no INTs in Ravens current five-game playoff win streak. ... Justin Forsett ran for career-high 1,266 yards and led all running backs with 5.4 yards per carry. ... Ravens set franchise records with 409 points and 5,838 yards. ... Baltimore allowed 19 sacks, second fewest in NFL to Denver's 17. ... WR Steve Smith's 957 yards receiving in postseason, after getting 101 in wild-card game, are third most among active players, had four catches for 80 yards and TD for Carolina in 32-29 Super Bowl loss to Patriots in 2003 season. ... Ravens have six defensive backs on injured reserve and have had 12 cornerbacks on roster this season. ... Defense had second-lowest rate (42.6 percent) in allowing TDs when opponents got inside 20-yard line. ... Baltimore P Sam Koch led NFL with 43.3-yard net average. ... Patriots coming off bye after gaining top seed in AFC, can advance to fourth straight conference championship game but lost two of past three. ... Bill Belichick needs one win to pass Don Shula and tie Tom Landry for most postseason wins (20) by a coach. ... Tom Brady needs three TD passes to reach 46 and overtake Joe Montana for most in postseason, already has most completions and attempts and second-most yards passing. ... In three playoff games vs. Ravens, Brady threw for three TDs and seven INTs. ... WR Julian Edelman was eighth in NFL with 92 catches despite missing last two games. ... Rob Gronkowski led all TEs with 1,124 yards receiving. ... In second half, Patriots held past six opponents to no TDs, outscoring them 67-12. ... With LB Jerod Mayo sidelined most of season, second-year LB Jamie Collins led New England with 115 tackles. ... Patriots plus-12 turnover differential was tied for second. ... Patriots had four takeaways, LeGarrette Blount ran for two TDs in 41-7 win in 2013 regular-season meeting in Baltimore.


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