- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

BALTIMORE (11-6) at NEW ENGLAND (12-4)

Saturday, 4:35 p.m. ET, NBC

OPENING LINE - Patriots by 7

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Baltimore 9-8, New England 9-7

SERIES RECORD - Patriots lead 8-3

LAST MEETING - Patriots beat Ravens 41-7, Dec. 22, 2013

LAST WEEK - Ravens beat Steelers 30-17; Patriots had bye, lost to Bills 17-9 on Dec. 28, 2014

AP PRO32 RANKING - Ravens No. 10 (tie), Patriots No. 2

RAVENS OFFENSE - OVERALL (12), RUSH (8), PASS (13).

RAVENS DEFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (4), PASS (24).

PATRIOTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (11), RUSH (18), PASS (9).

PATRIOTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (13), RUSH (9), PASS (17).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Ravens 2-1 in postseason vs. Patriots, all in past five seasons with all games in Foxborough, but 1-7 against New England in regular season. … Patriots (three) and Ravens (two) have five of past 14 Super Bowl championships. … Ravens tied for second in NFL with 49 sacks, led by LB Elvis Dumervil’s 17, while Patriots allowed 26 sacks, tied for fourth fewest. … Patriots and Ravens two of four teams to reach playoffs in six of past seven seasons. … Ravens won Super Bowl after 28-13 AFC title game victory over Patriots in 2012 season. … Baltimore has 10 postseason wins since 2008, twice as many as any other team. Seven road playoff wins are most in that span. … Joe Flacco passed for 259 yards, 2 TDs and no INTs in 30-17 wild-card win at Pittsburgh, has thrown for 13 TDs and no INTs in Ravens current five-game playoff win streak. … Justin Forsett ran for career-high 1,266 yards and led all running backs with 5.4 yards per carry. … Ravens set franchise records with 409 points and 5,838 yards. … Baltimore allowed 19 sacks, second fewest in NFL to Denver’s 17. … WR Steve Smith’s 957 yards receiving in postseason, after getting 101 in wild-card game, are third most among active players, had four catches for 80 yards and TD for Carolina in 32-29 Super Bowl loss to Patriots in 2003 season. … Ravens have six defensive backs on injured reserve and have had 12 cornerbacks on roster this season. … Defense had second-lowest rate (42.6 percent) in allowing TDs when opponents got inside 20-yard line. … Baltimore P Sam Koch led NFL with 43.3-yard net average. … Patriots coming off bye after gaining top seed in AFC, can advance to fourth straight conference championship game but lost two of past three. … Bill Belichick needs one win to pass Don Shula and tie Tom Landry for most postseason wins (20) by a coach. … Tom Brady needs three TD passes to reach 46 and overtake Joe Montana for most in postseason, already has most completions and attempts and second-most yards passing. … In three playoff games vs. Ravens, Brady threw for three TDs and seven INTs. … WR Julian Edelman was eighth in NFL with 92 catches despite missing last two games. … Rob Gronkowski led all TEs with 1,124 yards receiving. … In second half, Patriots held past six opponents to no TDs, outscoring them 67-12. … With LB Jerod Mayo sidelined most of season, second-year LB Jamie Collins led New England with 115 tackles. … Patriots plus-12 turnover differential was tied for second. … Patriots had four takeaways, LeGarrette Blount ran for two TDs in 41-7 win in 2013 regular-season meeting in Baltimore.

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