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Moss-less Patriots Ready to Host Ravens



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    FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Kevin Faulk #33 of the New England Patriots runs the ball against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Ravens won 33-14. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

    When the New England Patriots take Gillette Field to play the Baltimore Ravens at 1 p.m. EDT on Sunday, it will be their first game without seven-time Pro Bowl receiver Randy Moss.

    Or, if you're a moon half-full kind of person, it will be the Patriots' first game with the newly re-acquired Deion Branch.

    Either way, it's the Patriots' top-scoring offense matching up against the Ravens' top-five defense. Getcha popcorn and Pinkberry ready!

    The Ravens have literally never beaten the Patriots during the NFL regular season, with the Patriots having won all five games since the Ravens' inception in 1996.

    The Ravens still have bragging rights, though, after beating New England 33-14 in last season's AFC Wild Card game, a game in which Tom Brady was intercepted three times.

    It is also the first time the Patriots will face their former defensive coordinator Dean Pees, who is now linebackers coach with the Ravens.

    Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who thinks hell hath no fury like a Pro Bowl quarterback spurned by a Justin Bieber diss track.