A day after the Ravens lost to the New England Patriots, 23-20, in the AFC championship game, Ravens strong safety Barnard Pollard revealed to the world -- well, a Houston radio station -- which team he will be pulling for in the Super Bowl on Feb. 5. I’ll give you a hint: It won’t be the team that beat the Ravens on Sunday.
"I really hope the Giants, I just hope they just put a thrashing on the Patriots. I really do,” he told Houston radio station KILT on Monday. “To lose to a team like that the way we played. We played a good game.”
The Ravens outgained the Patriots, 398-330, and intercepted quarterback Tom Brady twice. But the Patriots survived when Lee Evans dropped a pass in the end zone and Billy Cundiff missed a game-tying field goal try.
“From the get-go it was left, and from that point on, we knew,” Pollard said of the failed field goal. “We knew from then on it was over. I believe our team knew that if this thing got to overtime, we were going to the Super Bowl. I think we played a really good game. We had some things where we made some mistakes or whatever, but just for the most part, dinking and dunk wasn't going to win in the last 22 seconds. Like I said, it's over."
Pollard was also asked about being a “Patriot Killer.” His hit on Brady in Week 1 of the 2008 season resulted in a season-ending knee injury for Brady and he gave Rob Gronkowski a sprained ankle Sunday while bringing down the big tight end.
“Oh man, that is fine and dandy," Pollard told the station. "Like I said to a lot of people it is part of the game and this is what happens. If you don’t like it? So what. I am going to go out there and I am going to play me."