In their most recent meeting, the Patriots led 30-21 on Sept. 23 in the fourth quarter but punted on their last two possessions. The Ravens then scored 10 points in the last 4:01 and won 31-30 on Justin Tucker’s 27-yard field goal on the final play.
That was typical of Ravens-Patriots matchups — close with the outcome determined late in the game.
Five of Brady’s seven games against them were won by six points or less. Two of the last three were won on last-play field goals. The third was decided when Cundiff missed his field goal attempt with 11 seconds remaining in last year’s AFC title game.
‘‘They’re as good as any team we played this year, better than most,’’ Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. ‘‘We’re playing a team that we had a great, great game with earlier in the season. It came down to the last play. We don’t really expect much less than that this time around.’’
AP Sports Writer David Ginsburg in Baltimore contributed to this report.
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