As one of the NFL's most consistent franchises, the Baltimore Ravens are hoping quarterback Joe Flacco and running back Ray Rice can help them make a long-awaited return to the Super Bowl.
The Cincinnati Bengals are looking to their young duo of Andy Dalton and A.J. Green to help build on last year's trip to the postseason, and the teams will begin their respective quests Monday night in Baltimore.
The Ravens are the only team to make the playoffs in each of the last four seasons, and they've recorded 49 wins during that stretch including the postseason.
Baltimore, though, fell short of the Super Bowl in each of those years, reaching the AFC title game twice and losing in the divisional round two times.
Last year's failure was particularly painful, as they took a four-point lead into the fourth quarter of the AFC championship but fell 23-20 after the recently released Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal in the final seconds.
"When you look at the Ravens, we've been close ...