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Ravens finally get home-field edge

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  September 19, 2012 11:34 AM

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. – It's been so long since the Patriots have come to Baltimore that Ravens head coach John Harbaugh needed some verification.

“How many times have we played them at their place?” he said. “I can’t believe you guys don’t have that at your fingertips.”

The Patriots haven't played the Ravens in M&T Bank Stadium since 2007. The last four meetings, including two playoff games, have all been at Gillette Stadium. It's more than fair to say that the Ravens have been dying to get the Patriots in their building.

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“That will be different, right?” Harbaugh said.

Since 1996, they've faced each other eight times, and six of those meetings have been in Foxborough. The Patriots lead the series 7-1 (1-1 in the postseason), and they won both of the games in Baltimore. But the Ravens have won 11 straight home games, the longest active home winning streak in the league

They've won 19 of their past 20 regular-season home games, and going back to 2008, they're 28-5 at home (coincidentally tied with the Patriots for best record of that span).

Another streak worth noting, with Baltimore coming off a painful 24-23 loss to the Eagles in Philadelphia, the Ravens are 13 for 13 in bounce-back games since 2009.

“When you win, you look at everything really hard and you try to build on it,” Harbaugh said. “But when you lose, that sting, it really forces you to dig deep – all of us. It’s just human nature.

“To that extent, if we can make the most of that, if we can take this week and make the most of the fact that we didn’t win the game and find ways to do a lot of things better and grow as a football team, in the long run, that’s how you get to where you’re going. That’s how you build what you are trying to build. So, we are going to try to make that into a positive that way, come back swinging next week.”

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