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Flacco squares off with Brady again

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Flacco squares off with Brady again

So Joe Flacco "won" his head-to-head battle with Tom Brady in last years AFC championship game?

He threw for 306 yards and two touchdowns. Brady had 239 yards passing, no touchdowns and two interceptions.

But it was Brady, rushing for the go-ahead score, who advanced to the Super Bowl because of that 23-20 victory at home.

"We didnt win the game so it doesnt really matter what people say about that," Flacco said of out-performing the three-time Super Bowl champion.

While Flacco is in a contract year and trying to convince everyone that he is indeed a top 5 quarterback, theres no better time to make that point than on Sunday Night Football in a nationally televised game on NBC.

He has led the Ravens to the playoffs in each of his four seasons and the AFC title game twice.

Both teams enter Sunday 1-1. The Patriots lost 20-18 when kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed a 42-yard field goal as time expired. The Ravens blew a 10-point lead at the half and fell in the final minutes to the Philadelphia Eagles 24-23.

Theyre again expected to be among the best teams in the conference. They're also trying to avoid putting too much emphasis on this one game being more important than any other because of their history or current standing.

"I dont think the last game we played against them has anything to do with this game," Flacco said. Were both coming off a loss last week and want to get back on track. It should be a good game, like it always is."

Patriots coach Bill Belichick doesnt believe too much should be read into the result.

"Nothing is going to be decided after this weekend, I dont think," he said. "Two losses isnt going to eliminated any team in the league this year. I cant imagine that.

"And two wins wont win anything, either. But of course, its a big game."

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.

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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.

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