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When the Ravens manhandled the Patriots, 33-14, in an AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium a little more than 24 months ago, they dealt New England its first home playoff defeat since 1978 and broke Brady's 23-game win streak in Foxborough. It's been written that the Patriots also lost their aura of invincibility that afternoon. While it's easy to look back at that game as proof that the Ravens won't be intimidated, the reality is that both teams have undergone some significant chances since then. Welker, Hernandez and Gronkowski -- New England's three top offensive weapons -- were not in that game. The Patriots have maintained their dominance at Gillette, where they are 75-16 since 2002. They've also beaten the Ravens six times in seven total meetings. While coach John Harbaugh (right), Flacco and Rice are playing in their second AFC championship game in four years, this stage is a familiar one to Brady, who will start his 21st playoff game, and Bill Belichick (left), who will coach in his 23rd postseason contest. The Ravens finished the regular season 4-4 on the road. However, they have gone 7-0 against teams that made the playoffs this season, and 7-1 versus teams that finished the regular season with winning record. The Patriots have not beaten a team that finished with a winning record all season. EDGE: PATRIOTS

When the Ravens manhandled the Patriots, 33-14, in an AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium a little more than 24 months ago, they dealt New England its first home playoff defeat since 1978 and broke Brady's 23-game win streak in Foxborough. It's been written that the Patriots also lost their aura of invincibility that afternoon. While it's easy to look back at that game as proof that the Ravens won't be intimidated, the reality is that both teams have undergone some significant chances since then. Welker, Hernandez and Gronkowski -- New England's three top offensive weapons -- were not in that game. The Patriots have maintained their dominance at Gillette, where they are 75-16 since 2002. They've also beaten the Ravens six times in seven total meetings. While coach John Harbaugh (right), Flacco and Rice are playing in their second AFC championship game in four years, this stage is a familiar one to Brady, who will start his 21st playoff game, and Bill Belichick (left), who will coach in his 23rd postseason contest. The Ravens finished the regular season 4-4 on the road. However, they have gone 7-0 against teams that made the playoffs this season, and 7-1 versus teams that finished the regular season with winning record. The Patriots have not beaten a team that finished with a winning record all season. EDGE: PATRIOTS

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