New Ravens team ready for Patriots

BALTIMORE - After two emotional games -- a wildcard win over the Colts in what was Ray Lewis' final game in Baltimore and a divisional playoff win over Denver that no one outside of Ravens Nation expected, the team is taking a much needed break.

The Ravens will be back at practice Wednesday, focused on the road to the Super Bowl as it goes right through Foxborough, Mass.

Sunday's AFC Championship game marks the second year straight that the Patriots and Ravens have faced each other in the winner goes to Super Bowl scenario. Last season, the Patriots beat the Ravens 23-20 in a game that is hard to think about for many in fans in Baltimore.

Super Bowl dreams died with a dropped touchdown by Lee Evans and missed field goal by Billy Cundiff.
 
"It's another match up that we are excited about and hopefully we can get it done this time," said Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.
 
For the players, that loss won't define this year's game at all. In fact, neither of those two players are on this year's team.
 
Cundiff, a former Pro Bowl kicker, was cut from the team in August and replaced by rookie kicker Justin Tucker. Evans, who fans would argue had a less than poor showing last season before the dropped pass in the AFC Championship, was cut by the team in March of 2012. He was again cut in August by the Jaguars.
 
"We are a completely different team all the way around. We have different guys playing and it's a much different road. Us being there last year it really doesn't matter because it's a completely new year," said Ravens Wide Receiver Torrey Smith. 
 
Cundiff and Evans aren't missed. Evans was replaced on the depth chart by rookie Florida reciever Deonte Thompson.
 
Tucker has been clutch for the Ravens with many kicking playing a valuable role -- the biggest being the kick to win the divisional game last week against the Broncos .
 
The AFC Championship game is on Sunday. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m.
 
The winner of the game heads to New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII.

 

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