The Patriots and Ravens are set to square off again on Sunday, in a rivalry that has gained quite a bit of edge over the past few seasons. The Patriots lead the all-time series, 7-3, but the Ravens have won three of the last five contests, including two of the last three playoff matchups.
The 10-4 Patriots are hoping to wrap up their fifth consecutive AFC East division title with a win, while the 8-6 Ravens control their own destiny not just for making the playoffs, but winning the AFC North as well.
The bad blood between these two is sure to gear up before kickoff, as Terrell Suggs has stated multiple times in the past about his dislike for the Patriots. Tom Brady said on Monday that “I’m sure he’ll be happy to tell you how he feels about me this week.’’
Here is a look at the history between the Patriots and Ravens.
Jan. 20, 2013: Ravens 28, Patriots 13
The Ravens entered the 2012 AFC Championship game looking for revenge for their 2011 loss that sent the Patriots to Super Bowl XLVI. The Patriots started the game by grabbing a 3-0 lead after the first quarter, but the Ravens took the lead five minutes into the second on a 2-yard touchdown run by Ray Rice. The Patriots answered quickly, however, as Wes Welker grabbed a 1-yard pass from Tom Brady to put the Patriots back on top by three. The Patriots added to their lead with another Stephen Gostkowski field goal as time expired in the first half.
The second half was an entirely different story, as the Ravens came out of the locker room playing for their team leader Ray Lewis, who would be retiring as soon as the Ravens’ run ended. Baltimore took the lead back when Dennis Pitta scored halfway through the third quarter. The Patriots would punt on their next possession and the Ravens scored again on a touchdown to Anquan Bolden to start the fourth quarter.
Stevan Ridley was knocked out of the game by Bernard Pollard, and the Ravens scored again to make it 28-13. The Patriots could not get anything going for the rest of the game, as Brady was intercepted twice in the final quarter and the Ravens punched their ticket to the Super Bowl.
Sept. 23, 2012: Ravens 31, Patriots 30
This Week 3 contest will be remembered most for the performance of the replacement referees, who called 24 penalties, many baffling to the players and fans alike, over the course of the game. Perhaps the most frustrating was the game’s final play, a last-second field goal that was the one-point margin of victory for Baltimore. However, many observers thought the ball crossing above the uprights was close enough for a review, but that never happened.
Patriots receiver Wes Welker had a standout game with 142 receiving yards, but Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was on top of his game with three touchdown passes and 382 passing yards.
Jan. 22, 2012: Patriots 23, Ravens 20
The Patriots earned another trip to the Super Bowl with this 23-20 win over the Ravens. Despite the fact Joe Flacco (306 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception) had a better day than Tom Brady (239 yards, 0 touchdowns, 2 interceptions), New England pulled off the win with strong performances by BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Aaron Hernandez, and Rob Gronkowski. Brady’s 1-yard goal line rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter sealed the deal for the Patriots.
Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff missed a potential game-tying 32 yard field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter.
Oct. 17, 2010: Patriots 23, Ravens 20
This one was a nailbiter that came down to a Stephen Gostkowski 35-yard field goal with 1:54 left in overtime. It was Deion Branch’s first game back after four years, and the Patriots’ first that season without Randy Moss. Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said of Tom Brady after the game, “He just better hope he don’t see us again.’’ “We play those guys a lot and they’ve only beat us one time in all the times that I’ve played them,” Brady said. “So they talk a lot for beating us once in nine years.’’
Jan. 10, 2010: Ravens 33, Patriots 14
The Ravens got their first win over New England during this wild-card playoff game. Running back Ray Rice (27) took the first snap of the game for an 83-yard touchdown, the Ravens scored 24 first-quarter points, and Baltimore rolled to a 33-14 win, the first home playoff loss for New England in over 30 years. New England looked overmatched and the fans let the Patriots have it. “I’d have been booing us, too, the way we played,” Brady said. “Playing the way we played today, we weren’t going to beat anybody.”
Oct. 4, 2009: Patriots 27, Ravens 21
Things got heated as the Patriots held on for a 27-21 win at Gillette Stadium. Here Patriot Mike Wright was called for a personal foul as he swiped at Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco’s head. The Ravens twice were flagged for roughing the passer, the second on Terrell Suggs under the so-called “Brady rule’’ when he lunged at the quarterback’s knee. “It is embarrassing to the game,’’ Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said. “Brady is good enough to make his own plays, let him make the play. Both of their [first-half] touchdown drives had personal fouls that kept the drives alive.’’ Much of the animosity between these two teams can be traced to this game.
Dec. 3, 2007: Patriots 27, Ravens 24
The Patriots trailed in this Monday night game, 24-20, when they got the ball with 3:30 to play. Brady drove the Patriots into the red zone, but the Ravens stopped them on fourth down – or so they thought. Defensive coordinator Rex Ryan called timeout, negating the stop. Adding to the drama: assistants aren’t supposed to call timeouts, only the head coach. When the teams lined up again for fourth down, New England got new life when Baltimore was called for holding, giving it a fresh set of downs. Brady found Jabar Gaffney in the end zone and that was the game. Patriots fans can, at least in part, thank Ryan for that win.
Nov. 28, 2004: Patriots 24, Ravens 3
After a 3-3 first half, everything went the Patriots way in the second half, even if the weather went downhill. Here linebacker Tedy Bruschi celebrated as he shouted encouragement to teammate Je’Rod Cherry after Cherry downed a punt at the Baltimore three yard line in the fourth quarter, pinning the Ravens deep in their own territory. By late in the fourth quarter, the field at Gillette Stadium had turned to a virtual mud bowl.
Jan. 2, 2000: Patriots 20, Ravens 3
Patriots Troy Brown returned a punt putting a move on Ravens Kim Herring (20) and Bennie Thompson during first half action at Foxboro Stadium. A Matt Stover field goal was all the Ravens could muster and the Patriots sealed the deal with a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Oct. 6, 1996: Patriots 46, Ravens 38
In the first meeting of these two franchises, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Vinnie Testaverde (12) escaped the grasp of New England Patriots defensive end Mike Jones (96) in fourth quarter action at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium. But Testaverde couldn’t keep up with Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe in the shootout.