In The Red Zone: Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots AFC Championship Game Preview

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Baltimore Ravens @ New England Patriots

The New England Patriots host the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

The Ravens —- The Patriots
Overall 12-6 Overall  13-4
Road record 5-4 Home record 7-2
AFC East  1-0 AFC North  0-1
AFC 10-4 AFC 12-1

Bill Leavy is the referee assigned to the game.

The Line/Prediction

As of Thursday the line on the game from 5dimes.eu via Yahoo Sports has the Patriots at MINUS 9.  The over/under is 51.5. 

My Prediction is Patriots 28, Ravens, 21.  Give the points (RAVENS) and take the UNDER.  I am 4-13 against the spread and 11 of 17 on calling the over/under in 2012.

Tickets

The Patriots are reporting the game as a sell out. It is the 205th consecutive sell out dating back to the 1994 season opener.  The record includes preseason, regular season and playoff games.

Tickets to the game, if available, can be purchased through Ticketmaster.  You can check the availability here.

After market tickets are available through the Official Patriots Ticket Exchange where season ticket holders can sell their unused seats to fans on the season ticket waiting list.

Getting to the Game

If you’re lucky enough to be going to the game in Foxboro make sure you check out the links.

Here is the up to date weather forecast from the Weather Channel for Foxboro MA.

Click for all the game day information including stadium directions, parking information and map and a Gillette Stadium seating chart.

Tailgating

Here’s a bunch of different tailgating recipes from Tailgating.com.  There’s something there for everyone and every type of meal or snack.  I’ve tried some of the recipes and they’re very good. 

And with tailgating many people enjoy some adult beverages.  With that in mind check out Drink Nation for how to make all sorts of great drinks.  You can look things up by name, ingredient(s) or theme.

Whether it’s at the game, a bar or a friend’s house moderation is always the key to a great time.  Please don’t drink and drive and designate a sober driver.  Remember You Drink, You Drive, You Lose.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

Television

CBS in televising the game nationally and Jim Nantz will do play by play while Phil Simms will provide the game analysis.  You can look here for your local affiliate.

Here are all the rules on NFL TV broadcasts including explaining the blackout rules; flex scheduling and commercial breaks.

Radio

The Patriots Radio Network broadcasts the game from flagship station WBZ-FM, 98.5 the Sports Hub in Boston. Gil Santos, who is retiring after the playoffs, handles the play-by-play and former Patriots QB Scott Zolak will do the game analysis. It all starts with Gary Tanguay and Andy Gresh with the pregame show at 3:30 p.m. along the network. The post game starts after the final gun and continues for three hours along the network.

The Patriots Radio Network call is available on Sirius Channel 86, XM Channel 226 and SiriusXM Internet Channel 818.

The Ravens Radio Network has Gerry Sandusky calling the game while Qadry Ismail and Stan White provide the game analysis via their flagship station of WIYY-FM and WBAL.

Their call is available on Sirius Channel 92, XM Channel 225 and SiriusXM Internet Channel 802.

Dial Global Sports is carrying the game nationally via their affiliate network.  Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts and Mark Malone will call the game starting at 6:15 p.m.

Their call is available on Sirius Channel 88, XM Channel 88 and SiriusXM Internet Channel 88.

Patriots All Access

Patriots All-Access features behind the scenes looks, interviews and breakdowns with head coach Bill Belichick and in depth features on the team.  It’s hosted by Steve Burton of WBZ-TV (Boston) and airs weekly in most New England television markets.

  • Boston MA on TV 38 Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m.
  • Providence RI on WNAC Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m.
  • Manchester NH on WMUR Saturday at midnight
  • Portland ME on WMTW Sunday at 5 a.m.
  • Hartford CT on WCTX Saturday at 5 p.m.
  • Springfield MA on WFXQ Saturday at 7 p.m.
  • Bangor ME on WVII Sunday at 11 a.m.

You can also watch it anytime on the teams website in the media section.

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Last Week

The Patriots closed out the Texans, 41-28 at Gillette Stadium in the AFC Divisional Round.  The Ravens edged the Broncos 38-35 in 2 OT’s at Mile High in the AFC Divisional Round.

History

  • This is the 10th meeting between the Patriots and the Ravens since Baltimore became a franchise in 1996 when the Cleveland Browns relocated.  The team was unable to keep the Browns past records, nicknames and colors and was considered an expansion franchise.
  • This is the third time the teams have faced each other in the post season with each team winning once.
  • The Patriots lead the overall series 7-2 including playoffs.
  • This is a rematch off the 2011 AFC Championship Game that the Patriots won at Gillette Stadium, 23-20.
  • This is the first AFC Conference Championship Game rematch since the 1986 and 1987 when the Browns faced the Broncos.  It’s the first Conference Championship rematch in either conference since 1992-94 when the 49ers and Cowboys met three times in a row.

Patriots Team Notes

Here is the Patriots roster, depth chart and injury report for the game.

2012 Patriots Schedule/Results

The Patriots overall franchise record is 426-369-9.  They have won three Super Bowls (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX) in seven appearances.  Overall they are 24-16 in the post season.

They are 1-0 in the 2012 playoffs having beaten the Houston Texans in the AFC Divisional Round.

The Patriots are the defending four-time AFC East Champions as well as the defending AFC Conference Champions.  They have won the division 10 times including this season and the conference 5 times since 2000.

The Patriots are 15-5 all-time against the AFC North in the regular season and 2-1 in the playoffs.

Patriots Playoff History (20 seasons)

Year

How Qualified

Seed

Record

Result

 

 

 

24-16

 

2012

Division Champs

2

1-0

TBD

2011

Division Champs

1

2-1

AFC Champions

2010

Division Champs

1

0-1

AFC Divisional

2009

Division Champs

3

0-1

Wild Card Round

2007

Division Champs

1

2-1

AFC Champions

2006

Division Champs

4

2-1

AFC Finalist

2005

Division Champs

4

1-1

AFC Divisional

2004

Division Champs

2

3-0

Super Bowl Champs

2003

Division Champs

1

3-0

Super Bowl Champs

2001

Division Champs

2

3-0

Super Bowl Champs

1998

Wild Card

6

0-1

Wild Card Round

1997

Division Champs

3

1-1

AFC Divisional

1996

Division Champs

2

2-1

AFC Champions

1994

Wild Card

5

0-1

Wild Card Round

1986

Division Champs

3

0-1

AFC Divisional

1985

Wild Card

5

3-1

AFC Champions

1982*

16-Team Format

7

0-1

First Round

1978

Division Champs

2

0-1

AFC Divisional

1976

Wild Card

4

0-1

AFC Divisional

1963

Division Champs

NA

1-1

AFL Finalist

*-Strike Year

New England has the 4th highest winning percentage (.600) in the post season of teams having played a minimum of 15 games.  Only Pittsburgh (.611), Green Bay (.625) and Baltimore (.632) have higher winning percentages.

Since 2001 the Patriots have secured a bye week 7 times.  It is the highest total in the NFL in that time span.  Chicago and Pittsburgh have done it 4 times each since 2001.

This is the third time in team history that the Patriots have played in back-to-back Conference Championship Games (2003-04, 2006-07 and 2011-12).

New England is 4-0 in Conference Championship Games played in Foxboro (3-0 in Gillette Stadium).

The Patriots 9 Conference Championship appearances are 5th most in the Super Bowl era.  They trail only Oakland (11), San Francisco (14), Dallas (14) and Pittsburgh (15).

In addition to Baltimore/New England (2011-12) and Cleveland/Denver (1986-87) the other back-to-back AFC Conference Championship Games are Pittsburgh/Houston (1978-79) and Oakland/Pittsburgh (1974-76).

With a win on Sunday the Patriots will advance to their 8th Super Bowl it would tie them for the most all-time with Dallas (5-3) and Pittsburgh (6-2).

With a win on Sunday New England would return to the Super Bowl for the 2nd consecutive season.  They’d be the 8th team to return after losing the previous season.  The previous 7 returning teams are 2-5.

Team

Lost Super Bowl

Result of Return

Dallas

V

Won Super Bowl VI

Miami

VI

Won Super Bowl VII

Minnesota

VIII

Lost Super Bowl IX

Denver

XXI

Lost Super Bowl XXII

Buffalo

XXV

Lost Super Bowl XXVI

Buffalo

XXVI

Lost Super Bowl XXVII

Buffalo

XXVII

Lost Super Bowl XXVIII

This will be the 31st playoff game of the Kraft ownership era.  They are 20-10 in the post season since 1994.

Patriots Conference Championship Results (7-1)

Date

Opponent

Result

Score

1/20/2013

Baltimore

TBD

TBD

1/22/2012

Baltimore

W

23-20

1/20/2008

San Diego

W

21-12

1/21/2007

at Indianapolis

L

34-38

1/23/2005

at Pittsburgh

W

41-27

1/18/2004

Indianapolis

W

24-14

1/24/2002

at Pittsburgh

W

24-17

1/12/1997

Jacksonville

W

20-6

1/12/1986

at Miami

W

31-14

 

Since Gillette Stadium opened in 2002 New England is 10-2 at home in the playoffs.  One of those losses is at the hands of Baltimore in the 2009 AFC Wild Card Round.

Overall the Patriots are 14-3 (.824) as the home team in the postseason and have the best post season homefield winning percentage.

The Patriots had seven non-offensive touchdowns in 2012. The 2010 Patriots and 1961 Patriots teams own the team record with nine non-offensive touchdowns.

Date

Game

Touchdown

9/9/2012

at Tennessee

Dont’a Hightower 6-yd. Fumble Return

10/21/2012

New York Jets

Devin McCourty 104-yd. Kickoff Return

11/18/2012

Indianapolis

Julian Edelman 68-yd. Punt Return

11/18/2012

Indianapolis

Aqib Talib 59-yd. Int. Return

11/18/2012

Indianapolis

Alfonzo Dennard 87-yd. Int. return

11/22/2012

at New York Jets

Steve Gregory 32-yd. Fumble Return

11/22/2012

at New York Jets

Julian Edelman 22-yd. Fumble Return

New England set a NFL record with 444 first downs in 2012.

They had the fewest fumbles (7) in team history and led the NFL in turnover differential (+25) which was the second highest total in team history.

When the Patriots have a positive turnover ratio in a playoff game they are 18-1.  They are 3-3 when the turnovers are even and are 3-12 when they have a negative turnover ratio.

The Patriots have never lost a playoff game when they had a 100-yard rusher; they are 7-0.

In the Week 3 game against the Ravens the Patriots were 3 for 5 (60%) in the red zone with 3 TDs and 2 FG’s.  New England was 7 for 15 (47%) on third down conversions and 0 for 0 on 4th down attempts.

This season New England led the NFL in yards per game (427.9), interception rate (1.40%), first downs per game (27.8), third down conversions (48.6%), red zone pct (70%), points per game (34.8) and point differential (14.1).

The Patriots lead the league in points per game with 34.8.  While they allowed 20.7 points per game good for a tie for 9th.

The New England defense sacked the opponents quarterback 37 times this season while Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett were sacked 27 times.

New England ended the season PLUS 25 in turnover differential, 1st in the NFL. The offense gave up 9 INT and 7 fumbles, while the defense had 20 INTs and 21 fumble recoveries. 

For the season the Patriots were 110 for 226 (48.6%) in 3rd down efficiency and 8 for 12 (75%) on fourth down attempts.  Opponents were 82 for 205 (40%) in 3rd down efficiency and 9 for 23 (39.1%) on 4th down attempts.

For 2012 New England was 40 of 58 (70%) in the red zone while opponents were 20 for 36 (55.5%) in the red zone in 2012.

In goal to go situations New England was 31 for 37 (83.7%) and opponents were 15 for 21 (71.4%).

In 2012 the Patriots scored over 400 points for the 6th consecutive season.  They also became the first NFL franchise to have 4 consecutive seasons of 500+ points.

New England led the NFL with 25 rushing TD’s in 2012.

Since Robert Kraft bought the team in 1994 they:

  • Have the most Super Bowl wins, 3.
  • Have the most regular season wins, 206.
  • Have the most wins including playoffs, 225.
  • Have the most conference titles, 6.
  • Have the most division titles, 12.
  • Have the most playoff wins, 20.
  • Have played the most playoff games, 30.
  • Are tied for the most playoff seasons, 14.
  • Have the best playoff win percentage, .671.
  • Have drafted the most Pro Bowl players, 20.

Patriots Staff Notes

This is the link to head coach Bill Belichick’s Wednesday press conference on the Dolphins.

Bill Belichick coached teams are 6-2 vs. Baltimore (including playoffs 1-1) all with New England.

Overall in his NFL career Belichick is 187-101 in his 18th NFL season.  He is 151-57 with New England and 36-44 with Cleveland.  He is 18-7 in the playoffs, 17-6 as head coach of the Patriots in the post season.  When you combine his regular season and post season records he is 205-108.

Belichick’s 205 wins are good for at tie for 6th all-time with Marty Schottenheimer who coached the Browns, Chiefs, Redskins and Chargers.

His 18 playoff wins are third most all-time behind only Don Shula (19) and Tom Landry (20).

With a win on Sunday Belichick will match Don Shula for the most Super Bowl appearances as a head coach (6).

Belichick’s .720 post season win percentage is 3rd all-time behind Tom Flores (.727) and Vince Lombardi (.900).

Belichick is one of just four coaches to win three Super Bowls, joining Chuck Noll (4), Joe Gibbs (3) and Bill Walsh (3).  Those men are all in the Hall of Fame.

He is the only coach in NFL history to win three championship titles in four seasons.

He is the only coach in NFL history to have led his team to 10+ wins in 10 consecutive seasons.

Belichick has 10 seasons of 11+ wins he is tied for 2nd most all-time with Tom Landry.  Don Shula is the all-time leader with 13 seasons of 11+ wins.

Staff with Baltimore ties:

Belichick was born in Baltimore and raised in Annapolis MD.

Special Teams Coach Scott O'Brien worked for the Baltimore Ravens as the Special Teams Assistant.

Patriots Possible Starters

Offense:

  • LT: Soldier
  • LG: Mankins
  • C: Wendell
  • RG: Connolly
  • RT: Vollmer
  • TE: Hernandez
  • WR: Branch
  • WR: Lloyd
  • WR: Welker
  • QB: Brady
  • RB: Ridley

Defense:

  • DE: Ninkovich
  • DT: Wilfork
  • DT: Deaderick
  • DE: Francis
  • LB: Mayo
  • LB: Spikes
  • LB: Hightower
  • LCB: Talib
  • RCB: Dennard
  • S: McCourty
  • S: Gregory

Patriots Players Notes

This is Tom Brady’s 13th NFL season he is 5-2 vs. Baltimore in his career including playoffs (1-1).

Overall Brady is 136-39 as a starting QB and is 17-6 in the playoffs for an overall record of 153-45.  Brady is an 8 time Pro Bowl QB; two time NFL MVP and has won 3 Super Bowls while twice being named the games MVP.  He is also listed as the 21st Greatest Player in the History of the NFL according to the NFL Network.

Brady is 11-2 at home in the post season.

With a win on Sunday Brady will equal DL Mike Lodish for most Super Bowl appearances by a player (6).  Lodish went 4 times with Buffalo and twice with Denver.

He is 3rd all-time in postseason TD passes with 41.  Brett Favre is 2nd with 44 and Joe Montana leads with 45.

Brady shares the record with 6 TD passes in one post season game (Denver 2011) with Oakland’s Darryl Lamonica (Houston 1969) and San Francisco’s Steve Young (San Diego 1994, Super Bowl XXIX).

Brady holds the NFL record with 524 postseason completions.

Brady’s 17 playoff wins are 1st all-time.

Brady is the franchise leader with most playoff games as a Patriot (23).

In 2012 Brady was 401 of 637 (63%) for 4827 yards with 34 TDs and 8 INTs his passer rating was 98.7.

Earlier this season against Baltimore, Brady was 28 of 41 for 335 yards, 1 TD, 2 sacks and 0 INT’s. His passer rating was 101.2.

WR Wes Welker now has catches in 118 consecutive games including playoffs, 101 as a Patriot.  The last time Welker did not have a catch in a game was 12/24/05 as a Dolphin.

Welker led the team with 118 catches for 1354 yards and he was 2nd on the team with 6 receiving TD’s.

He is the 1st player in NFL history to have five 100+ catch seasons.

Welker has the second most receptions (768) all-time among undrafted receivers. Rod Smith is the NFL’s all-time leader with 849.

Welker is the Patriots franchise leader with 61 playoff receptions.

WR Deion Branch is third in franchise history with 54 playoff receptions.  Troy Brown is 2nd with 58.

Branch is the franchise leader in postseason receiving yards with 836.

In Week 3 at Baltimore Welker and Lloyd combined for 17 catches and 250 receiving yards.

RB Stevan Ridley finished the season with 290 attempts for 1263 yards and 12 TD’s.

Ridley was the 5th Patriot to have at least 1200 yards rushing in a season and he led the team in TD’s with 12.  TE Rob Gronkowski, who missed 5 weeks with an arm injury, was 2nd with 11 TD’s.

Ridley’s 1263 yards were the fourth highest total in Patriots history.

TE Rob Gronkowski joined WR Randy Moss and RB Corey Dillon as the only Patriots players to have had three straight seasons with 10+ TD’s.

K Stephen Gostkowski led the NFL in points with 153.

LB Jerod Mayo was the team leader in tackles again with 184 tackles (115 solo) it was the 5th highest total in team history.

Mayo (184) and LB Brandon Spikes (128) became the first Patriots teammates to record 100+ tackle season in the same year since 2006.

DE Rob Ninkovich finished with a team high 8 sacks in 2012.

Spikes and Ninkovich tied a team record this year with 5 forced fumbles each.  Mayo was second with 4 forced fumbles.

DT Vince Wilfork and Ninkovich had a team high 4 fumble recoveries in 2012.

Rookie DE Chandler Jones had a team high 12 QB hits and he was second on the squad with 6 sacks.

CB/S Devin McCourty had 5 INT’s to lead the team.  Rookie S Tavon Wilson had 4 INT’s; rookie CB Alfonzo Dennard and S Steve Gregory each had 3 INT’s.

It was the 2nd time in 3 years that McCourty has led the team and the AFC in INT’s.

McCourty also led the team in passes defensed with 13, while CB Kyle Arrington was 2nd for the year with 11 passes defensed.

Since CB Aqib Talib came to New England only the Tennessee Titans gave up fewer plays of 30 yards or more.

WR Matthew Slater had 20 tackles on special teams and rookie S Nate Ebner was 2nd with 17 tackles on special teams.

Patriots with Baltimore Connections:

  • CB Kyle Arrington is a native of Accokeek MD and attended Gwynn Park High School in Brandywine MD
  • DE Chandler Jones is the younger brother of Ravens DE Arthur Jones.  Their other brother, Jon “Bones” Jones is a Champion UFC fighter.
  • S Derrick Martin was a 6th round draft pick of the Ravens in 2006.

There are only three players on the team who played on at least one of the Super Bowl championship teams, Brady (3), Deion Branch (2) and Wilfork (1).

Roster moves this week:

  • TE Rob Gronkowski was placed on the IR

The Patriots captains for 2012 are QB Tom Brady, DT Vince Wilfork, G Logan Mankins, LB Jerod Mayo, CB Devin McCourty and WR Matthew Slater (special teams).

The Patriots have 5 New England natives on the roster they are: TE Aaron Hernandez (Bristol CT); OL Donald Thomas (New Haven CT); DE Ron Brace (Worcester MA); LB Niko Koutouvides (Plainville CT) and OL Jamey Richard (Weston CT – IR). 

They have 10 players who played for a New England school or a Big East Conference member.  They are CB Will Allen (Syracuse – IR); DE Ron Brace (Boston College); RB Tony Fiametta (Syracuse – Exempt List); DE Justin Francis (Rutgers); S Stephen Gregory (Syracuse); DE Chandler Jones (Syracuse); CB Devin McCourty (Rutgers); OL Donald Thomas (UConn); RB James Develin (Brown – Practice Squad) and NT Vince Wilfork (Miami).

The Patriots have 6 retired numbers: 20 – Gino Cappelletti, 40 – Mike Haynes, 73 – John Hannah, 78 – Bruce Armstrong, 79 – Jim Lee Hunt and 89 – Bob Dee.

Ravens Team Notes

Here is the Ravens roster, depth chart and injury report for the game.

2012 Ravens Schedule/Results

Baltimore’s all-time record is 150-121-1 they are 12-7 in the post season. The Ravens have won one Super Bowl in their only appearance beating the New York Giants (XXXV).

The Ravens are the two-time defending AFC North champions.

Baltimore is 2-0 is 2012 playoffs having beaten Indianapolis 19-13 at home in the AFC Wild Card Round and Denver 38-35 in 2 OT’s on the road in the AFC Divisional Round.

Ravens in AFC Championship Game (1-2)

Date

Opponent

W-L

Score

1/14/2001

at Oakland

W

16-3

1/18/2009

at Pittsburgh

L

14-23

1/22/2012

at New England

L

20-23

1/20/2013

at New England

TBD

 

Baltimore is 8-5 on the road in the playoffs.

The Ravens along with the Patriots are two of three teams to make the playoffs in six of the last seven seasons.  The third team is Indianapolis.

Baltimore is the only team to make the post season the last 5 seasons.

Baltimore has the best post season winning percentage (.632) of any team with at least 15 games played.

This is the third AFC Championship game for the Ravens under head coach John Harbaugh.

All four of the Ravens playoff losses under Harbaugh have come at the hands of the team that ended up representing the AFC in the Super Bowl.

Baltimore has the second most wins in the NFL since 2008 with 61.

Since 2008 Baltimore is 6-2 vs. the AFC East with both losses being to New England.

The Ravens set a franchise record by scoring 398 points in the regular season.

Baltimore had 72 plays in 2012 of 20+ yards.

In Week 3’s 31-30 victory vs. New England, the Ravens’ offense produced a 300-yard passer (Joe Flacco – 382), a 100-yard rusher (Ray Rice – 101) and a 100-yard receiver (Torrey Smith – 127) for just the fifth time in franchise history.

The Ravens were 10th with points per game with 24.9.  While they allowed 21.5 points per game good for a tie for 12th in the NFL.

The Baltimore defense has sacked the opponents quarterback 37 times this season, while their quarterbacks have been sacked 38 times.

Baltimore is PLUS 9 in turnover differential tied for 8th best in the NFL. The offense has given up 11 INT and 5 fumble, while the defense has 13 INT and 12 fumble recoveries. 

The Ravens are 80 for 217 (36.9%) in 3rd down efficiency and 6 for 14 (42.9%) on fourth down attempts.  Opponents are 83 for 232 (35.8%) in 3rd down efficiency and 6 for 12 (50%) on 4th down attempts.

Ravens Staff Notes

Read what Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and others had to say to the New England media about the match up.

Harbaugh is in his 5th season with the team, he is 54-26 since taking over and is 7-4 in the playoffs for an overall record of 61-30. 

He is 2-3 vs. New England in his career including 1-1 in the post season.

Harbaugh’s brother Jim is in his second season as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers and for the second year in a row the brothers are one win away from facing each other in the Super Bowl.

He has won two AFC North Division titles as the head coach of the Ravens and his teams have made the playoffs all five years he has been in Baltimore.

He is the only NFL head coach to have won a playoff game in each of his first five seasons.

He is just one of three coaches to make the playoffs in each of his first five seasons the others are Bill Cowher (6 years) and Chuck Knox (5).

Staff with New England ties:

Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg was the secondary coach at Boston College.

Defensive Line Coach Clarence Brooks went to high school in New Bedford, MA. before playing guard at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He was also a coach at UMass.

Offensive Quality Control Coach Jason Brooks, son of Clarence Brooks, was born in Amherst, MA. Brooks, like his father, severed as a coach at UMass.

Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach John Dunn was born in Great Barrington MA

Assistant Offensive Line Coach Craig VerSteeg served as the Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers Coach at Harvard University.

Ravens Linebackers Coach Dean Pees served as the Linebackers coach and Defensive Coordinator for New England.

Baltimore Assistant Offensive Line Coach Todd Washington coached the offensive line for the Hartford Colonials (UFL) in 2010.

Ravens Defensive Quality Control Coach Matt Weiss is a native of Cheshire CT and attended the Hopkins Grammar School in New Haven CT.

Baltimore Assistant General Manager Eric DeCosta is a native of Taunton MA and graduated from Colby College in Waterville ME.

Ravens Possible Starters

Offense:

  • LT: McKinney
  • LG: Osemele
  • C: Birk
  • RG: Yanda
  • RT: Oher
  • TE: Pitta
  • TE: Dickson
  • WR: Smith
  • WR: Bolden
  • QB: Flacco
  • RB: Rice

Defense:

  • DT: Ngata
  • NT: Kemoeatu
  • DE: Kruger
  • LB: Suggs
  • LB: Ellerbe
  • LB: Lewis
  • LB: Upshaw
  • LCB: Graham
  • RCB: Williams
  • S: Pollard
  • S: E. Reed

Ravens Players Notes

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco is 54-26 in his career in the regular season and 7-4 in the playoffs for an overall record of 61-30 in 5 seasons.

Flacco was a 1st round draft pick in the 2008 NFL Draft out of the University of Delaware.

He is 2-3 vs. New England in his career including 1-1 in the playoffs.

In his last two games against the Patriots, Flacco is 50 of 75 for 688 yards, 5 TD’s and 2 INT’s.

Flacco threw for a career-high 3,817 yards, 22 TDs (second most of his career) and just 10 INTs (tying a career low) in 2012.

Flacco has the third current longest consecutive starts by a QB with 80.

RB Ray Rice totaled 1,621 yards from scrimmage (1,143 rushing and 478 receiving), the NFL’s ninth most. It marked Rice’s fourth-straight season with at least 1,600 yards from scrimmage.

Rice averages 100 yards per game rushing vs. New England.  In 5 career games he has 518 yards.

WR Torrey Smith was the Sox and Dawgs Offensive Player of the Game in Week 3, he had 6 catches for 127 yards and 2 TD’s on the day his younger brother died in a motorcycle accident.

Smith was 4th in the NFL in yards per catch with 17.4.

He led the Ravens with 8 TD catches.

WR/KR Jacoby Jones led the NFL with a 30.7 yards per KOR.

He had three returns for TD’s in 2012, 2 on kickoffs and 1 on a punt.

Jones made his first Pro Bowl as a special teams starter.

WR Anquan Boldin led Baltimore with 921 receiving yards.

TE Dennis Pitta had 7 TD catches most in franchise history for a tight end.

Rookie K Justin Tucker made 30 of 33 FGAs (90.9%), producing the second-best success rate in Ravens single-season history and also the second-best mark by a rookie kicker in NFL history.

Future Hall of Fame LB Ray Lewis is in his 17th and final season.  In his career he has 2,643 tackles, 31 INT’s and 20 recovered fumbles.

He is the only 40-sack/30 INT player in NFL history and along with another future Hall of Famer former Patriots S Rodney Harrison they are the only 30/30 players in the NFL history.

Lewis has 6 career forced fumbles in the post season.  He is tied with Neil Smith for most all-time.

He had a game high 17 tackles at Denver last week.

Future Hall of Fame S Ed Reed has 61 career INT’s and has returned 7 of them for TD’s.  The 61 INT’s are good for 10th all-time.

Reed has 8 INT’s in 13 career post season games. Only Charlie Waters, Bill Simpson and Ronnie Lott have more post season INT’s they all have 9.

He is the only NFL player to have scored return TD’s off of an INT, punt return, blocked punt and fumble recovery.

Overall Reed has 14 career TD’s.

Reed and CB Cary Williams led the Ravens with 4 INT’s each.

He is the NFL’s all-time leader in INT return yards with 1,541.

Since 1966 Reed has the most 2+ INT games in NFL history with 12.

Reed has the two longest INT returns for TD’s in NFL history 107 yards and 106 yards.

LB Terrell Suggs is the Ravens all-time franchise sack leader with 84.5.

Suggs has 12 sacks in 13 post season games.  He is tied for 3rd all-time with Reggie White.  Only Bruce Smith (14.5) and former Patriots LB Willie McGinnest (16) have more.

DT Haloti Ngata was the Sox and Dawgs Defensive Player of the Game in Week 3 when he had 9 tackles (7 solo), 0.5 sack, 2 QB hits and 1 tackle for loss.

S Bernard Pollard led the Ravens with 98 tackles in 2012.

Baltimore has no permanent captains, they are announced on a weekly basis.

Ravens with New England ties:

  • S James Ihedigbo, an Amherst MA native and UMass grad, played for the Patriots in 2011.
  • LB Ricky Brown (Injured Reserve) was in training camp with the Patriots in 2011.
  • WR and Return Specialist David Reed is a native of New London CT and played for New Britain High School until he transferred to New London High School for his senior season.

Baltimore had 6 players named to the Pro Bowl.  They are S Ed Reed, RB Ray Rice, WR/KR Jacoby Jones, RB Vonta Leach, DT Haloti Ngata and G Marshal Yanda.

There are 9 players on the Baltimore roster from Big East Universities and New England based colleges.  They are C Matt Birk (Harvard); LB Ricky Brown (Boston College – IR); CB Corey Graham (New Hampshire); S James Ihedigbo (UMass); CB Chris Johnson (Louisville); DT Arthur Jones (Syracuse); LB Jameel McClain (Syracuse); RB Bernard Pierce (Temple); TE Alex Silvestro (Rutgers – Practice Squad) and RB Ray Rice (Rutgers).

The Ravens have no retired numbers.

Next Week

If the Patriots win on Sunday they will either play the winner of San Francisco and Atlanta in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome in New Orleans LA on Sunday February 3rd on CBS.

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