Pregame notes: Patriots vs. Ravens

Pregame notes: Patriots vs. Ravens
December 22, 2013, 12:45 pm
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GAME TIME: 4:25 p.m. EST


TV ANNOUNCERS: Jim Nantz and Phil Simms

RADIO NETWORK: Anchored by WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub)

RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Bob Socci and Scott Zolak

ALL-TIME SERIES BETWEEN THE TEAMS: Browns/Ravens lead, 14-11 (franchise was located in Cleveland and known as the Browns from 1944-95)

LAST MEETING: Ravens 28, Patriots 13 at Gillette Stadium in AFC Championship Game on Jan. 20, 2013

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-- The Patriots can clinch their fifth straight AFC East Title and qualify for the playoffs for the 21st time in their 54-year history with a win today. It would also be the 15th playoff berth in the 20 seasons since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994.

-- The Patriots are 7-3 against the Ravens since that franchise moved to Baltimore in 1996: 6-1 in the regular season and 1-2 in the playoffs.

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-- Bill Belichick has led the Patriots to 10 division titles and needs one more to tie Don Shula for the most division titles since the 1970 NFL merger with 11.

-- A victory today will give Belichick his 11th 11-win season as a head coach, behind only Shula (13).

-- Stephen Gostkowski (32) needs four more field goals to match his franchise record of 36 field goals, set in 2008,

-- Brady (146) needs one more win to tie Dan Marino (147) for the fourth-most wins in NFL history by a starting quarterback.

-- Brady will be looking for his 11th division championship, the most by any NFL quarterback. Joe Montana and Peyton Manning have nine division titles.

-- Julian Edelman has 914 yards receiving in 2013 and needs 86 yards over the final two games to reach 1,000 yards.