(FOXBOROUGH, MA) — The New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens will battle it out in Foxborough Sunday, for the right to play in the Super Bowl.
In 2010, the last and only time these two teams have met in the playoffs, Baltimore running back Ray Rice rushed for 159 yards and two TDs as the Ravens crushed the Patriots, in Foxborough, 33-14.
This year, New England’s defense ended the regular season ranked 31st in the league in total yards allowed from scrimmage. Despite that, Ray Rice isn’t taking the Patriots’ D lightly.
“I’ve got to face that defense,” Rice said. “They’ve always done a great job of coming in with a game plan and executing.”
As for historical significance, this will be the first time since the 2004 championship game between New England and Pittsburgh, that a number one and number two seed will match-up in the AFC Championship Game.
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Jill Martin, CNN
Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire