There's no lack of confidence from the Baltimore Ravens going into Foxborough after taking down the number one seed Denver Broncos.
“I think we're definitely battle tested and it starts at the top,” receiver Torrey Smith said, via Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe.
“Everyone, they're fighters. Everyone has the heart. You have leaders like we have on our team, it's hard not to want to follow them and be a fighter and never want to throw the towel in. We've been through it all whether it's on the field or off the field, and we became stronger for it. Our coaches always say iron sharpens iron and I'm a firm believer in that.”
In the first meeting with the Patriots in week 3, Smith's brother died in a motorcycle accident on 18 hours before, but decided to play, and had the game fo his life. That night Smith caught six passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns.
When comparing week 3 to now, it looks to be a different more complete team with the Patriots, who lost to the Ravens by mere inches or less. Justin Tucker's 27-yard field goal eked inside and over the upright to give them the win. Smith acknowledges that week 3 doesn't mean much right now.
“I look at it as completely different,” he said. “It's the playoffs. They're playing well and they're dominating guys out there offensively and defensively. It's a completely different team. And the refs were coming back as well, so that was an adjustment for some guys, too. But New England's New England. We have a lot of respect for those guys, and they've been in this position so many times over the past few years. They have the history. They've been there. We want to get to where they've been.
Obviously, I had my own personal loss that my team helped me get through; But that's just how we are. You look at the games we've been in, the games when we came out on top, and even the games we lost, we never laid down for anyone, that's just how we are and who we are as the Ravens.”