Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/13/12
For most diehard Baltimore Ravens’ fans, there is one home game every season that matters more than the others. In fact, it goes without saying that the Pittsburgh Steelers are the one team they want to beat more than anyone else. So, it might come as a surprise to many that the biggest home game for Baltimore in 2012 is not on December 2nd against Pittsburgh, but instead on September 23rd, the Ravens' third game of the season. This is a Sunday night game versus the defending AFC champion New England Patriots. The reason behind this is simple: It was the Patriots who beat the Ravens last season in the AFC Championship to earn a spot in the Super Bowl against the New York Giants. Joe Flacco, the often criticized and much-maligned quarterback for Baltimore, played the game of his life, passing for 306 yards and two touchdowns. It wasn’t good enough, however, as Ravens’ wide receiver Lee Evans would drop a potential game-winning TD, allowing New England to escape with a 23-20 win. Fast...
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