If revenge is indeed a dish best served cold, then Gillette Stadium will feel like a 5 star restaurant to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night.
The National Weather Service is forecasting clear skies and temperatures in the low teens at kickoff when the Ravens and New England Patriots meet in the AFC Championship Game.
Winds are expected to be from the Northwest at around 15 miles per hour making the air temperature feel more like single digits. Also, the wind velocity and direction dictate that it would be most advantageous for the Patriots to be driving toward the south end zone in the 4th quarter of a close game.
The Ravens lost to the Patriots in last year’s AFC Title game, also played in Foxboro at Gillette.
This game marks the first time that the same two opponents have met in consecutive conference championship games since the Broncos and Browns met after the 1986 and 1987 seasons – and the first time that the tilt has been played at the same location against the same opponent since the Steelers and Oilers squared off at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium following the 1878 and 1979 seasons.
For the record, the Broncos and Steelers both swept those respective games. Another ominous fact for the Ravens is that the Patriots, at 4-0, have never lost a Championship game played in Foxboro and are 7-1 all time in the prelude to the Super Bowl.
The Ravens exacted some revenge earlier this season, beating the Patriots on a warm night in Baltimore clear back in September, but it’s clearly not the same as dethroning the defending champions on their home field on a frigid night in January…