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Monday, January 14, 2013
Ravens wanted rematch with New England

By Jamison Hensley

If you're among those who believe the Ravens are a team of destiny, then it's fitting they go back to play the AFC Championship Game in New England, the place where their Super Bowl dreams ended abruptly last year.

For the Ravens, they wouldn't have it any other way.

"I think we, personally, kind of wanted to play the Patriots again," Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said on Monday. "If we were to go to the Super Bowl, it would be great to go through Foxborough and win there. So, it’s another matchup that I think that we’re excited about, and hopefully, we can get it done this time.”

Ravens guard Marshal Yanda said last year's 23-20 loss in the AFC Championship Game stuck with him for about two months. But the Pro Bowl lineman doesn't think there will be any carryover into Sunday's game.

"Obviously, I can’t even remember Week 1 of this year, so let alone last year at that time," he said. "We’re a different team; they are a different team. Obviously, there are going to be different plays made. Obviously, it’s all about making plays and hoping we make more than them come that game.”

The Ravens, though, used the heartbreak from last year to motivate themselves to get back to the AFC Championship Game.

"It’s been a long road getting back to this point," tight end Dennis Pitta said, "and the way we left it last year didn’t sit well with us."