Ravens itching for payback against the Broncos

The Baltimore Ravens will travel to Denver looking to hopefully avenge a regular season loss that still brings a sour taste to their collective mouths.

Receiver Anquan Boldin, who had five catches for 145 yards, a Ravens playoff record, and a TD on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, said he is “really looking forward to it.”

"I was hoping we’d get them. So, they’ll see us next week.... just because we lost to them,” he said.

The Ravens were beat up on the their home field by Denver on Dec. 16th. Not because of what the Broncos did, but what they did to themselves, according to a few players.

“We beat ourselves last game; we didn’t play an all-out complete game,” said RB Bernard Pierce. “This week, I think it’s going to be a little different.”

QB Joe Flacco remembers that game well, although he'd probably like to forget. It was a low point in the season for Flacco, who had two turnovers, one being a interception that was returned for 98 yards for a TD by Chris Harris.

“They’re a good football team, and they got up on us early,” Flacco said. “We made a couple of mistakes in the first half, and the game kind of got away from us. It’s going to be a good challenge. We’re excited about it. We just didn’t feel like we played up to par the last time we played them.”

It should also be noted that the Ravens were playing their first game with new offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell. “We had some internal stuff going on that definitely affected the way we played,” safety Ed Reed said. “We were not a team that day at all.”

Boldin added, “We’ll make it different.”