Ravens get measure of revenge -- or do they?

Rookie kicker Justin Tucker’s 27-yard field goal as time expired in the Ravens’ thrilling 31-30 win against the New England Patriots Sunday night was a distinct contrast from the way the Ravens’ season ended against New England in last January’s AFC championship game.

Tucker’s successful kick – as opposed to Billy Cundiff’s 32-yard attempt that strayed wide left in the Patriots’ 23-20 victory – raised comparisons and prompted some reporters to ask the current Ravens players whether they earned a measure of revenge.

The response was mixed.

“In a way, you say it’s not redemption, but in the back of your head, you’re like, ‘Let’s get these guys,’” cornerback Lardarius Webb said. “You’re tired of these guys coming out on top.”

Inside linebacker Ray Lewis provided a quixotic answer.

“Redemption always takes care of itself,” he said. “Sometimes you never have to brag about it. All you’ve got to do is just keep playing the game and then it’ll take care of itself and for us to win the way that we did, I just take the hat off to my team, that no matter what went on, we knew we were going to be in this game for 60 minutes.”

Right guard Marshal Yanda stood on the negative side of the fence.

“”No, there wasn’t [a revenge factor],” he said. “They won the game, and they deserved to win. They made the plays when we didn’t. That game was long gone. We were worried about executing today. 2012 is a new year.”

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