Ravens Lost To Eventual Super Bowl Champion ... Again

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The Ravens have now fallen to the eventual Super Bowl champions three times in franchise history, and twice during Head Coach John Harbaugh era.

The New England Patriots, who beat the Ravens 35-31 in the divisional round, went on to beat the Indianapolis Colts and Seattle Seahawks.

The other two years were in 2008, when Baltimore fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC championship and 2006, when the Ravens lost to the Indianapolis Colts in the divisional round.

So does it make you feel better or worse that the Ravens fell to the champs?

On one hand, it's good to know the Ravens lost to the best. On the other hand, it's agonizing to know Baltimore came so close to beating New England and held two 14-point leads. So the Ravens were seemingly very capable of winning it all.

While the Ravens didn't get to the 1-yard line with a shot to win the game like the Seahawks did, an argument could be made that Baltimore gave the Patriots the better game.

The Ravens put up the more points (31) and offensive yards (428) than the Colts or Seahawks did against the Patriots defense. Quarterback Joe Flacco had more passing yards than Indy's Andrew Luck or Seattle's Russell Wilson.

The Ravens had two 14-point leads while the Colts never held a lead and the Seahawks had one 10-point advantage. After the game, even Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick said he was more concerned when he was down 14 points to the Ravens than 10 to the Seahawks.

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