Who Is The Ravens Biggest Rival?

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The answer to this question used to be an easy one, but has the focus now shifted?

In the past, if you asked any fan of the Baltimore Ravens who the team's biggest rival was, it would have an unanimous answer. The Pittsburgh Steelers was the easy answer and might still be for many fans of both teams.

However, there is beginning to be a hesitation to that same question, especially after the past two post seasons. The Ravens have played the same team in the past two AFC Championship Games and both times the opponent was the New England Patriots.

Could the Patriots be unseating the Steelers as the Ravens biggest rivals at this point?

While Baltimore plays Pittsburgh twice each year in their divisional home-and-away series, the Patriots and Ravens will only meet if they either play the AFC East in the schedule rotation or finish in the same spot in their respective divisions. The two teams have played each other six times in the last four years, three times in the regular season and three in the playoffs.

The Ravens have won the last two, at home during the 2012 regular season and at New England in the 2013AFC Championship Game. Every Ravens fan and most Patriots fans know that Baltimore should have won the 2012 AFC Championship Game, before Lee Evans dropped an apparent Joe Flacco TD pass then Billy Cundiff shanked an easy field goal.

On the other hand, over the same span since the 2009 season, the Ravens and Steelers have played nine times, with Baltimore winning five of the eight regular season games other than the post season loss in the 2011 playoffs.

While the Steelers games are always close, usually decided by a field goal, the Patriots games have seemed to be more critical as of late, with three playoff match-ups since the 2009 season.

Is this enough to unseat the hatred fans feel for the Steelers and crown New England their most vilified rivals? Probably not, but a lot of Ravens fans feel that the Steelers are on the downside of their success while the Ravens are atop of the football world as defending Super Bowl Champs, much less two-time defending AFC North title holders.

What say you?

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Baltimore Beat Down

You must be a member of Baltimore Beat Down to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Baltimore Beat Down. You should read them.

Join Baltimore Beat Down

You must be a member of Baltimore Beat Down to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Baltimore Beat Down. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker