It was a particularly satisfying victory for Ravens safety James Ihedigbo, a night where he got the last word against his former team.

For Ihedigbo, the Ravens' 31-30 win over the New England Patriots on Sunday night at M&T Bank Stadium represented more than a typical NFL game.

"Anytime you get a chance to go against your former team, it's kind of personal," Ihedigbo said. "I went into this game with that kind of mentality and when you put the history of these two teams on top of it, it just became a very personal and emotional thing. It was great the way it turned out. It couldn't be any sweeter.

"We just persevered through everything, all adversity that took place in the game from the things that were in our control, the penalties and the things that were outside our control," Ihedigbo said. "When it all accumulates in a win, we're very excited."

After starting a dozen games last season and recording 69 tackles, Ihedigbo, 28, was cut during the final major roster cutdown before signing a one-year veteran minimum deal with the Ravens.

"I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be," Ihedigbo said. "God's will for my life is exactly what it is and it wasn't in New England. It's worked out for both sides. I'm exactly where I need to be, and I'm with a group of guys that you couldn't ask for anymore."

awilson@baltsun.com