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."