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FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 13: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots walks on the field after defeating the Houston Texans by a score of 41-28 to win the 2013 AFC Divisional Playoffs game at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Ravens Wanted Rematch Against The Patriots

Baltimore was 30 seconds away from a Super Bowl berth, but a series of missed opportunities cost them everything as the Patriots stole one in Foxborough. Now, Baltimore will head back to the scene of the crime and look to avenge last years crushing defeat as well as earn a chance at the Vince Lombardi trophy.

01/15/2013

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 12: (L-R) Torrey Smith #82 and Jacoby Jones #12 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrate after Smith scored a 32-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter against Rahim Moore #26 of the Denver Broncos during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 12, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Ravens Have A Great Chance To Upset Patriots On Sunday

The Ravens did what many thought was impossible when they defeated the top seeded Denver Broncos on Saturday. Fans should expect similar talk from experts when they analyze the match-up with the Patriots. But delve deeper into the showdown and you’ll see a Ravens squad primed for another major upset.

01/14/2013

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 12: Dennis Pitta #88 of the Baltimore Ravens makes a reception against Wesley Woodyard #52 of the Denver Broncos during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 12, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Shock And Awe As Ravens Oust Broncos; Special Teams Still Need A Lot Of Work

For the second straight season and the 3rd time in 5 years, the Ravens are headed to the AFC Championship game. They did this after being 10-point underdogs against the #1 seed in the NFL. There were plenty of players who showed up in this game. But the game belongs to Joe Flacco, who out dueled a future hall of famer in Peyton Manning.

01/13/2013

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 23: Linebacker Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens is introduced before playing against the New England Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Ravens Will Be At Full Strength Against Broncos

Injuries have decimated this team this season. But the Ravens still found a way to claw themselves back into the divisional round of the postseason. Whether they choose to admit it, injuries had a lot to do with the beating they took at the hands of the Broncos in Week 14. That can no longer be an excuse as most of their starters will suit up for a blockbuster contest against Peyton Manning.

01/12/2013

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 23: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos signals for motion against the Cleveland Browns during a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 23, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Browns 34-12. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Ravens Must Protect Flacco Against Broncos

The Ravens have a tall task ahead of them: Defeat the No. 1 seeded Denver Broncos and avenge a brutal loss suffered at Denver’s hands a few weeks ago. The Ravens have the talent to beat anyone in the NFL, but to defeat a team like Denver, it will take a lot more than talent to get the job done.

01/11/2013

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 30: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas #88 of the Denver Broncos run off the field after a score during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 30, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 38-3. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Ravens Will Have Their Hands Full Against Peyton Manning

The Ravens have been an inconsistent group in 2012. Ray Lewis hopes to steer this unit in the right direction when they travel to Denver to face the Broncos. Many analysts haven’t given this team much of a chance in this game. That’s probably because they’ll be going up against Peyton Manning, a man who they have never beat in the postseason.

01/10/2013

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 11: A fan of the Denver Broncos cheers on her team during a game against the Chicago Bears at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 11, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Ravens Relish The Role Of Underdog In Game Against Broncos

Ray Lewis pointed out that the Ravens are rarely picked as favorites to win games in the postseason. And he has a point. Even against Indianapolis, many expected Baltimore to be one and done. But as Lewis has learned over the years, it’s probably a safe bet to play the game before anointing a winner.

01/09/2013

BALTIMORE, MD - JANUARY 06: Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after defeating the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 6, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Ray Lewis Receives A Hero’s Farewell

The Ravens will face the Broncos nearly six days after an emotional victory over the Indianapolis Colts. The game itself was not as exciting as the drama that would unfold within it. Ray Lewis, a 17 year veteran, played his last game in the stadium he helped build. Though no Super Bowl has been won yet, he left the stadium a champion.

01/08/2013

BALTIMORE, MD - JANUARY 06: (L-R) Bobbie Williams #63 and Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrate after the Ravens won 24-9 against the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 6, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Ray Lewis’ Return Sparks 24-9 Victory Over The Colts

When Ray Lewis walked out of the tunnel, you knew there was no way Baltimore was going to lose. The fans were into it. The players were into it. The coaches were into it. The Ravens would not accept defeat. The defense was relentless and the offense was explosive. The Ravens beat the Colts 24-9 to set up a rematch against the Denver Broncos.

01/07/2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 30: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts takes the snap from A.Q. Shipley # 62 against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 30, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts defeated the Texans 28-16. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Emotions Will Be At An All-Time High When The Ravens And Colts Clash

Ray Lewis will be playing his last game at M&T Bank stadium on Sunday. With everything that’s on the line, you can bet that the emotion in this game will reach an all time high. The winner moves on to the divisional round of the playoffs. And neither team has any intention of losing.

01/06/2013

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 23: Linebacker Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens is introduced before playing against the New England Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Ravens Are Close To Full Strength As They Get Set To Battle Colts

The Ravens strength and conditioning coach has had a season he wants to forget. A plethora of players have suffered nagging injuries that have cost Baltimore a multitude of games. Heading into the postseason however, the Ravens finally look as though they are getting healthy. It couldn’t come at a better time.

01/05/2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 23: Quarterback Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts in action during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The Ravens Must Slow Down Andrew Luck

The Ravens have been in the Colts position before. 5 years ago, Baltimore won their first playoff game with both a rookie quarterback and head coach. This time, it’ll be up to Baltimore to stop this from happening at their expense. And it starts with slowing down Andrew Luck

01/04/2013

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