The Ravens come off their first playoff win at Pittsburgh, so they will carry some extra confidence into the opening game of the divisional round. Joe Flacco has seven road playoff wins, the most by a quarterback since the 1970 merger.
Of course, he goes up against the top seed in the AFC, a perennial Super Bowl contender led by Tom Brady. One thing is certain: Brady and the Patriots won't be lacking in conviction, either.
"We're always trying to win the last game of the year," Brady said. "We set pretty high expectations and I think we all have high expectations, but you've got to go out there and earn it. It's not easy and this is a first step for us.
"A lot of teams played last week, we didn't get a chance to do that. This is a week where we can really try to make an impact on this season.