This anticipated matchup may not be the last time we see these two teams play each other this year.
If you talk to the Ravens, they’ll tell you they want the Patriots in Foxboro in the playoffs. Though the Ravens lost to the Pats 30-23 and it was 23-3 at one point, the Ravens aren’t using the loss as anything but motivation. The fight and resiliency is what the Ravens have been about for more than a decade. The offense has to get better, that’s a given. Too many three-and-outs led to the worn out defense getting thrashed by Brady. Yet at the start of the game when the defense had their breath, they forced consecutive three-and-outs against MVP candidate and GOAT, Tom Brady. Then, in exception for the 79 yard bomb up the seam to Chris Hogan, the Ravens D played tough in the second half only allowing that TD, which was the dagger.
However, that 79 yard TD was against 3rd string safety Matt Elam, who was only in due to two members of the secondary injured. The Ravens now got the kinks out against Belichick and the boys of New England and the Ravens, especially that defense, want another crack at it. The Pats will most likely be the number one seed in the AFC, which means the playoffs run through Foxboro. The Ravens, whether they win the division or get a wild card berth, are certainly looking to travel to Massachusetts. No other team but Baltimore has more success in Foxboro, winning playoffs games in 2009 and 2013. Also, in 2012, if not for Lee Evans dropping the ball and Billy Cundiff missing a chip shot, the Ravens would’ve won 3 consecutive road playoff games against New England.
The three playoff wins are the only wins against New England in the franchise history. Brady hasn’t been Brady against Baltimore in recent years. His 58.3 completion percentage against Bmore is his worst against any team. The Ravens also give him his 4th worst passer rating, at just 83.6. If you’re a Ravens fan or anti-Pats fan, hopefully history repeats itself. Even in their losses, like 2015 when the lost 35-31, the Ravens always play tough. When two great coaches go head to head in Belichick and Harbaugh, games will always be memorable.
This Ravens defense is getting back to 2013 form, and if Joe Flacco could get his act together, a championship matchup between these two teams would be amazing. If the Ravens get into the playoffs, no AFC team wants to see them. The Patriots much rather see the Texans or Broncos, who’s offense is literally non-existent. Time will tell, but if it were up to me the Ravens will play in Foxboro against Tom Brady and the Pats for all the marbles.