Thursday, September 20, 2012
Ravens not looking for revenge vs. Pats
By Jamison Hensley
Heading into Sunday night's game against the New England Patriots -- a rematch of last season's crushing AFC Championship Game loss -- the Ravens have the R-word on their minds. But it's not revenge. It's about rebounding from last Sunday's one-point loss to Philadelphia.
The Ravens know they can't do anything Sunday to get even with the Patriots. A trip to the Super Bowl was on the line in January. This time, the winner gets to move on with a 2-1 record. Not exactly high stakes.
“I don’t think the last game we played against them has anything to do with this game," quarterback Joe Flacco said.
The players who would need to redeem themselves the most aren't around anymore. Lee Evans, who failed to catch the winning touchdown, is out of football. Billy Cundiff, who missed the tying field goal, is playing 45 minutes down the road Sunday for the Redskins.
Inside linebacker Ray Lewis said this week's game hasn't stirred up any memories from the AFC title game.
"It’s always hard to think like that when you have a totally different makeup as a team," he said. "So, we are looking at this game as a totally different game.”
The Ravens have been able to move on from tough playoff losses. They've returned to the postseason every year under coach John Harbaugh.
It's the same way with Baltimore in the regular season. The Ravens have won 13 games following losses, the longest current streak in the NFL.
"We’ve been a pretty good team since I’ve been here, and good teams are able to put their past losses in the background and forget about it and move on to the next one," Flacco said. "I think that has a lot to do with winning that next game, just being able to forget about it and still go play your best game that next week.”