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Patriots preparing for Ravens in AFC title game

Monday - 1/16/2012, 5:46pm  ET

AP Sports Writer

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots are preparing for probably their toughest opponent this season.

They were back at team meetings on Monday as they get ready to face Baltimore and its dominant defense in Sunday's AFC championship game. Two years ago the Ravens beat the Patriots 33-14 in a wild-card playoff game at Foxborough. But current players say that doesn't matter now.

Brady said Monday on WEEI radio that the Ravens are the toughest team the Patriots will have faced all season. Baltimore advanced with a 20-13 win at home on Sunday over the Houston Texans and is 9-0 at home this season but just 4-4 on the road.

The Patriots moved on with their ninth straight win when they beat the Denver Broncos 45-10 Saturday night.

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