McCourty: Doesn't matter where you play
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WHDH) -- It all comes down to this.
The New England Patriots host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday in the AFC Championship. The winner gets a chance at the Super Bowl.
The Patriots are 7-1 in AFC Championships in franchise history and are undefeated at home.
But does playing at home really matter this far into the season? The players don’t seem to think so.
“It’s good we get to stay home. But once you get out there on the field you have two teams going at it. You know, all playing for one common goal and I don’t care where you play, it’s not gonna change how one team comes out. Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you’re gonna be more prepared than the team that’s on the road. I think the team that we’re playing now showed that. They’ve won a lot of road playoff games over the last couple years, so I don’t think the home-field advantage will really be that much of a difference as far as since we’re at home, we’re gonna win, but as a player, you always love playing in front of your fans,” said Patriots safety Devin McCourty said Thursday.
The Ravens have done well in the postseason on the road. They probably had the biggest win of this year’s postseason winning at top-seeded Denver last weekend.
Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco has won five road-playoff games, which ties him with Eli Manning for most road playoff wins in NFL history.