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December 19, 2013

Brady hopes for improved performance at Ravens

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In their second straight AFC championship meeting with the Patriots last January, the Ravens won 28-13 by overcoming a 13-7 halftime deficit. Brady threw interceptions on his last two series.

After nine seasons with Jacksonville, linebacker Darryl Smith signed with Baltimore and leads the team in tackles.

Lewis, Brady said, “is one of the best players I’ve ever played against, but Darryl Smith has really stepped in and been a big leader for them.”

Rookie safety Matt Elam, a first-round draft pick, has taken Reed’s free safety spot.

“He’s made some big plays for them,” Brady said. “He’s gotten some pretty key interceptions, made one last week. He’s a really good player.

“They’ve always got a good defense. We’ve played against them for so long.”

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