As a Raven's fan living in Pennsylvania, I can normally keep track of Raven's games by listening online (unless CBS or FOX decides to show the game on television, which is a very rare event up here). Two days ago, as the commentators painted a picture of what was happening, I uttered the following words: "This is looking vaguely familiar."
Up by 10 points, the Ravens' "Purple Pain" let their lead slip from their fingers as the opposing team tied the game and sent it into overtime. Last week, the Ravens had a somewhat legitimate excuse: they were playing the Patriots with a healthy Tom Brady (he wasn't playing at full health during the Wild Card game between these two teams). This week, however, the Ravens, in my opinion, find themselves with no excuse as the opponent was the winless Bills. Thankfully, it was Billy Cundiff who kicked the winning field goal instead of the other guy. And thank you, Ray Lewis, for stripping Sean Nelson of the ball. Still, Harbs will be slapping some defensive players on the side of the head for their sub-par performance.
Now that I've ended my diatribe, I have to say that every Ravens player and fan thought that this would be a lop-sided win. A reporter apparently did when he asked a Bills player who would win if the Bills played the Las Vegas Locomotives (UFL). Ravens players and fans went into M&T Bank Stadium fully confident of the outcome. They exited breathing sighs of relief. Life is full of surprises.