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Bill Belichick's history with Ravens, good and bad, makes for a unique showdown

Bill Belichick's history with Ravens, good and bad, makes for a unique showdown

Bill Belichick cares about football history more than any coach in the NFL. He speaks minimally on the current state of his playoff-bound New England Patriots, but get him started on Amos Alonzo Stagg, Paul Brown or the 1941 Detroit Lions (for whom his dad, Steve, was a fullback), and stand back for a discourse that will have the depth of a Ken Burns documentary delivered with the eloquence of Winston Churchill.

All of which makes New England’s “Monday Night Football” match with the Ravens much more interesting than your run-of-the mill routs that have dotted the Patriots’ 2016 schedule with alarming and boring regularity.

This game is better. This game is different. There...

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