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“The crowd really gets behind them,” offensive tackle Duane Brown said. “We played them in the regular season, and I’m sure it’s going to be multiplied times 10, 20 now that it’s the playoffs. We just have to stay poised, communicate as much as possible and be on the same page up front. And just stay on track and stay ahead of the chains. Once you get into those third-and-long situations, that’s when they can pin their ears back and really try to get after you.”

Beating the Ravens on the road in the postseason is not as difficult a task as it might seem. Baltimore lost in 2006 to the Indianapolis Colts and also fell at home against Tennessee in 2004. The only time the Ravens won a home playoff game was in 2000, when they launched their run to a Super Bowl victory with a 21-3 bashing of Denver.

Winning at home is a lot easier when you’ve got a host of talented players on the roster.

“Whether you play at home or on the road, you want to put a good team out there that plays good football,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “That’s part of it. And the other part of it is our fans. Our fans are fantastic. It’s very loud. Our fans are very passionate. You don’t see very many opposing colors in our stadium, ever. That’s something that we appreciate as an organization and as players and coaches.”

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