FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady has a sparkling 12-3 record in home playoff games, but tucked in those 15 games is a 1-2 mark against John Harbaugh’s pesky Baltimore Ravens.
There was the dreadful 33-14 defeat that ended the 2009 season and the 28-13 loss in the AFC Championship game two years ago. And if Billy “Wide Left” Cundiff had not shanked a chip-shot field goal, the Patriots would have been fighting for their life in overtime instead of headed to the Super Bowl in 2012.
Sure, the Ravens who are coming to Gillette Stadium Saturday are a different team than the ones that have been here in years past.
But there’s still quarterback Joe Flacco and coach John Harbaugh — two men who don’t ever seem to fold in Foxborough like so many others have.
“It’s tough to tell people why you’re not intimidated, and I think it’s kind of funny people would be intimidated at any point in any game against anybody,” Flacco said in a teleconference with the Boston media Tuesday.
“We’ve played in a lot of big football games and this is no other. We’re very confident and we believe we have a good team and we can win this game, and that allows you to go up there and play free and play with that mind-set and not let those other thoughts creep into your head.”
Harbaugh, unlike Flacco, was more reserved on the subject.
“I don’t know,” Harbaugh said in the teleconference. “We’ve been on the road a lot so we get a lot of practice doing it, I guess.
“I don’t really want to analyze it. We have a game to play Saturday afternoon, so looking back on it doesn’t do us any good.”