FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – From the very first play, Ray Rice and the running Ravens made the team of the last decade look like the pushovers of the new one.
Rice burst up the middle for an 83-yard touchdown with frigid fans still settling into their seats, Tom Brady turned the ball over three times and Baltimore knocked off New England 33-14 on Sunday in a stadium where the Patriots had never lost a playoff game.
The Ravens (10-7) were only slight underdogs to the team that won three Super Bowls from 2002 through 2005. Now, if they beat Indianapolis next Saturday night, they'll reach the AFC championship game for the second straight year as a wild-card team.