That didn't go as planned.
The Ravens' offense never could get into a rhythm as the Patriots came away with a 41-7 victory at M&T Bank Stadium. The loss means the Ravens won't win the AFC North, with the Bengals locking up that particular prize.
The final nail in the coffin was LeGarrette Blount's seven-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter. And then the Patriots' defense added two touchdowns late.
It was the kind of day for the Ravens.
The Patriots got out to a fast start and never let off. On its second offensive possession, New England drove down the field, with a lot of help from a pass interference penalty called on Jimmy Smith. Blount punched in a touchdown from one yard out to give New England an early 7-0 lead.
After forcing a three-and-out from Baltimore, Tom Brady and the Patriots went to work again and eventually found Shane Vereen for a four-yard passing score.
From there, the Ravens' defense did their part, holding the Patriots to two field goals and making things more difficult on the New England offense. But the offense never could get in sync.
Joe Flacco finished the game 22-38 for 260 yards and two interceptions. The lone Ravens score of the game came on a quarterback sneak to cut the Patriots' lead to 20-7.
The Ravens did have enough chances to make a comeback late.
They got deep into Patriots' territory but passed on a field goal and went for it on fourth down late in the third quarter. But Ray Rice's run was short of the first down.
On Baltimore's next offensive possession, the Ravens attempted a 37-yard field goal. Justin Tucker missed, snapping his streak of 33 consecutive makes.
It was that kind of day at M&T Bank Stadium.