FOXBOROUGH --- While the Patriots have never lost an AFC Championship played on their home field, safety Devin McCourty said Thursday he doesn't expect it to give New England an extra edge in Sunday's conference title game at Gillette Stadium against the Baltimore Ravens.
"I don't care where you play, it's not going to change how one team comes out,'' said McCourty. "Just because you're at home it doesn't mean that you're going to be more prepared than the team that's on the road. I think the team we're playing now has shown that they've won a lot of road playoff games over the last couple of years.''
The Ravens, the only NFL team to reach the playoffs in each of the last five seasons (2008-12), owns the second-best playoff winning percentage (.632) in league history with a 12-7 record and are 8-5 on the road all-time in postseason play, which ranks as the second-best road winning percentage (.615).
None was bigger, however, than last Sunday's 38-35 victory in double overtime at Denver.
"I don't think the home field advantage will really be that much of a difference, as far as 'since we're at home, we're going to win,' '' McCourty said. "But, as a player, you always love playing in front of your fans.''