9. Ravens get their revenge on Patriots
The Ravens avenged a bitter loss in the AFC title game in 2012 when they beat the Patiots 28-13 at Gillette Stadium in January. A weak second half offensive performance did the Patriots in and it was Ray Lewis’ gang that advanced to the Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49’ers. It was the first time the Patriots watched an opponent celebrate a trip to the Super Bowl on their home field and it was the eighth straight season without a ring for the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick combo.
“It always comes to a screeching halt. That’s just the way it is,” Brady said after the loss. “Only two teams advance and those two teams deserve it. We’ve lost before. It takes a while to get over.”
No one knew at the time how much would change after that title game loss. Wes Welker played his last game in a Patriots uniform. So did Aaron Hernandez. Tim Tebow came to town for a cup of coffee. Vince Wilfork, Jerrod Mayo, and Rob Gronkowski all went down with injuries. And now we wait to see how this Patriots team – on the verge of winning their 11th AFC title in the last 13 years – will fare in their quest to win their fourth Super Bowl title in franchise history in New Jersey on Feb. 2.