However, recent history has seen things sway Baltimore's way some. After starting their series 1-7, the Ravens have won two of the past three meetings. Here's a complete breakdown of the series history:
Oct. 6, 1996: Patriots 46, Ravens 38
Jan. 2, 2000: Patriots 20, Ravens 3
Nov. 28, 2004: Patriots 24, Ravens 3
Dec. 3, 2007: Patriots 27, Ravens 24
Oct. 4, 2009: Patriots 27, Ravens 21
Jan. 10, 2010: Ravens 33, Patriots 14*
Oct. 17, 2010: Patriots 23, Ravens 20
Jan. 22, 2012: Patriots 23, Ravens 20*
Sept. 23, 2012: Ravens 31, Patriots 20
Jan. 20, 2013: Ravens 28, Patriots 13*
Dec. 22, 2013: Patriots 41, Ravens 7
*indicates a playoff game
Last season's game came near the end, essentially the final nail in a horrid season by Ravens standards. Before that, the Ravens scored two wins in a row in the 2012 season, with the second win coming in the AFC Championship.
Conventional wisdom would suggest that Joe Flacco, 3-4 in games against the Patriots, will need another outstanding performance for Baltimore to defeat New England. Against the Patriots, Flacco has thrown for 1,771 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions, including the regular season and playoffs. And if it wasn't for a Lee Evans dropped pass ... well, you know.
Though it took a while for this series to truly get competitive, the Ravens have been a thorn in New England's side of late. All three times the two teams have met in the playoffs have been in Foxborough. The Ravens are 2-1 in those meetings, with the aforementioned Lee Evans ... no need to rehash it. But yes, they're that close to being 3-0 at New England in the postseason
It should be another hard-fought game this Saturday afternoon between the Ravens and Patriots.