FOXBOROUGH -- Offensive lineman Logan Mankins returned from a knee injury last week against the Broncos, and played in 39 of the Patriots' 66 offensive plays. He knows this week's opponent in the AFC Championship game, the Ravens, bring their own set of challenges. Ray Lewis and Ed Reed might get the most attention, but Mankins singled out outside linebacker Terrell Suggs.
"He's a freak of an athlete," Mankins said today. "He can do things that other guys can't do, and that makes him dangerous."
Confidence would seem to be high after Saturday's 45-10 dismantling of Denver, but Mankins -- who will appear in his third AFC Championship game on Sunday -- knows what it'll take to get to his second Super Bowl.
"It's the biggest game of the year, the second biggest game you can get to," Mankins said. "If we want to win, we'll have to do everything well."