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Since 2006 the teams that beat the Ravens in the playoffs have represented the AFC in the Super Bowl.

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The New England Patriots have continued the trend of the AFC Super Bowl representative beating the Ravens to get there.

The 2006 Indianapolis Colts beat the Baltimore Ravens in  the AFC Divisional Round and went on to win Super Bowl XLI.

The 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Ravens in the AFC Championship and went on to win Super Bowl XLIII.

The 2009 Indianapolis Colts beat the Ravens in the Divisional Round and made it to Super Bowl, but lost to the New Orleans Saints.

The 2010 Steelers beat the Ravens in the Divisional Round and made it to the Super Bowl, but lost to the Green Bay Packers.

The 2011 Patriots beat the Ravens in the AFC Championship, but lost Super Bowl XVLI to the New York Giants.

The 2014 Patriots beat the Ravens in the AFC Divisional Round and are now in the Super Bowl.

Whether the fact that all these teams beat the Ravens and made the Super Bowl is a pure coincidence or whether it meant that they were the toughest team in the AFC is up for interpretation. But it's worth seeing that only one of those games was a blowout; that being the 2009 AFC Divisional Round, where Baltimore lost 20-3, as an injured Joe Flacco couldn't get the offense rolling.

Now, beating the Ravens isn't going to win the Super Bowl, as only two of those seven teams went on to win the Super Bowl. But that's it's own hurdle.