Kraft on Pats-Ravens: 'the two best teams in the [conference] are playing and it’s going to be a hard-fought game'

Patriots owner Bob Kraft touched on several subjects in an interview with ESPNBoston.com, saying among other things, that he was happy the Ravens were able to beat the Broncos and send the AFC Championship to his house.

"If you’re privileged to win, you want to be with your hometown fans. I hope that being home gives us an edge. We’re very excited about it. Last week we were all Ravens fans for three hours when they were playing Denver. We were never happier," Kraft said.

"But our allegiances switch very quickly. ... It was probably a 70-80 percent chance before the games that we were going to Denver if we won. Thank goodness for what happened up in Denver. I think it’s great for our community, it’s great for our fans, it’s great for our team, and hopefully we can execute the way we all want and win this game at home."

How much the Patriots fans will play a factor: "Big time. I’ll tell you, I noticed, it started happening in December and last weekend, our fans have really become a true weapon. Sometimes, I think part of it is they expected us to do things. Now I think they truly understand the role they play. We haven’t had to coax them. I listen to visiting teams when they leave here what an impact our fanbase has had on them. … I want to thank all of our fans, who have been unbelievable with the support. I get to speak to a lot of people throughout the country and they see the weather that we have up here, and probably except for Green Bay, I don’t think there is another team in a cold-weather climate that has the kind of fan support. We had the lowest number of no-shows last weekend at our game. We hope we beat that record this year."

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