Pats are perfect 3-0 in AFC title games at Gillette
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Make no mistake, Baltimore is a very dangerous team.
That being said, the New England Patriots have several advantages. Their quarterback and head coach are among the best ever. And, they have home-field advantage.
“I think we, personally, kind of wanted to play the Patriots again. If we were to go to the Super Bowl, it would be great to go through Foxborough and win there,” said Haloti Ngata, defensive end for the Ravens.
Be careful what you wish for.
With a post-season record of 14-3 in Foxborough, the Patriots are the most dominant team in NFL history when it comes to winning playoff games at home.
They’re better than the 1960’s Packers. Better than the 1970’s Steelers. Even better than the 1980’s 49ers.
“Yeah, that’s always nice. You know, we didn’t have the number one seed, but we end up here anyways. So that’s always great. We like playing here,” said Logan Mankins, Patriots offensive lineman.
Under Bill Belickick, the Patriots have never lost an AFC title game in Gillette Stadium, going a perfect 3-0.
Despite the obvious home-field advantage, the Patriots say they don’t care where the game is played. And neither do the Ravens.
“I’m sure they’ll be loud and ready to go. All that matters is what happens between the lines come Sunday. The Ravens will go play in the backyard, they don’t care,” said Matthew Slater, special teams captain for the Patriots.
“Obviously at this point in the year most of the time you are going to be on the road. We understood that after we weren’t going to be in the top two seeds. No matter what, we were going to have to go on the road in order to get to the Super Bowl,” said Marshal Yanda, offensive lineman for the Ravens.
So Baltimore comes into Foxborough not only having to face Tom Brady, but having to face history as well.
“They have the history. They’ve been there and we want to get to where they have been. They were there last year. They knocked us out and for us, we want to get to that point. Try to get this win and get to the Super Bowl,” said Torrey Smith of the Ravens.
“It’s sweet just playing in the AFC Championship game. I don’t care where it’s at. It’s sweeter to play at home,” said Vince Wilfork of the Patriots.
Following last Saturday’s win in Denver, the Ravens are now 12-7 all-time in the postseason. The best in NFL history.