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January 18, 2013

Home sure is sweet to Patriots

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Wilfork doesn’t care about history, recent or otherwise.

“This is going to be a battle,” he said. “Both teams deserve to be at this level. You have the two best teams in the AFC playing.

“It just goes to show you the consistency of these teams. Every year it always seems like we are in it and they are in it and it just comes down to a couple of plays during the season or a couple of games in the season for these two ballclubs. For us we just have to be ready to go for 60 minutes; sometimes even more than that, as we saw last week. They went against a football team in Denver and they went out there and played more than 60 minutes. They came out on top, so that says a lot about how tough this football team is.”

Unlike some other potential visitors to New England, any weather issues won’t bother the Ravens, either. Hey, after subzero wind chill numbers at Denver last weekend, Baltimore will consider just about anything balmy.

The oddsmakers believe the home-field advantage is substantial for the Patriots, who are 9-point favorites. They’ll gladly accept those points before kickoff.

“It’s good that we get to stay home, but once you get out there on the field, you have two teams going at it, all playing for one common goal,” Patriots safety Devin McCourty said. “I don’t care where you play; it’s not going to change how one team comes out. Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you’re going to be more prepared than the team that’s on the road.”

“I think the team we’re playing now shows that. They’ve won a lot of road playoff games over the last couple years, so I don’t think the home-field advantage will really be that much of a difference as far as ‘since we’re at home we’re going to win.’

“But as a player, you always love playing in front of your fans.”

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