Rematch? What rematch?
Ravens fans might be viewing Sunday night's game against New England at M&T Bank Stadium as a rematch of last year's AFC Championship Game -- which the Ravens lost in gut-wrenching fashion after Lee Evans failed to hold on to a potential game-winning touchdown pass and Billy Cundiff shanked a 32-yard field-goal attempt to tie -- but the Ravens don't see it that way.
"Win, lose or draw, you let it go and you move on," linebacker Ray Lewis said on Wednesday. "This year, we have a totally different makeup as a team. We have a totally different outlook on what were trying to do as a team. So, we are looking at this game as a totally different game.
To the Ravens, this game isn't about gaining any measure of revenge, but rather about winning their 2012 Week 3 game -- which would also prevent the team's first 1-2 start since 2005.
"We just look at it as our game this week, coach John Harbaugh said. Its a big game. They are all big, because they all count. This just happens to be an AFC game. Its a home game; those are important, too. Its the next game up.
To be sure, if Lewis, Joe Flacco and others were fed truth serum, that painful finish to the 2011 season in Foxborough must be on their mind at least a little bit this weekend when they see Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and company. But as Lewis and others have pointed out, rosters turn over, rookies come in, and perspective changes.
Take Jacoby (Jones), Lewis said. How do you take Jacoby through what we went through last year?
Indeed, more than a dozen Ravens on the roster this week were not on the team last year. And one of them, backup safety James Ihedigbo, started for the Patriots in that AFC Championship Game.
Whatever happened last year is what happened, linebacker Jameel McClain said. This year we make our new destiny.