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The New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens have enjoyed more playoff success than all other teams over the last 15 years. Ousmane Dembele Jersey . While New England has also been the leagues most dominant home team in the same span, that hasnt necessarily meant much against Baltimore in the postseason. New England hosts Baltimore in a divisional matchup Saturday as these teams continue what has developed into one of the NFLs best playoff rivalries in recent memory. Watch live coverage on CTV NOW. You can also listen to the game on TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto and TSN Radio 1260 in Edmonton. The Patriots (12-4) lead all teams with an 18-8 playoff record since 2000, while Baltimore (11-6) is second at 15-7. Their mirrored success has led to numerous run-ins, and Saturday marks their fourth postseason meeting in six years. Theres experience against this team, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said. We know a lot of their players and some of their schemes, but I think each time weve played them our team has been different, their team has been different. In the same time frame, New Englands 109 home wins in are at least 14 more than the second-most successful team. That includes a 12-3 postseason record. The Patriots, who are coming off a first-round bye for the fifth consecutive season, have home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs as they seek their first Super Bowl appearance in three years. They reached the leagues championship game two of the last three times they claimed the conferences top seed. Weve put ourselves in a good position, said Tom Brady, whose 18 playoff wins are the most in league history. Weve just got to take advantage of it. Though New England leads the all-time series 8-3, two of its three home playoff losses since 2000 have come in three meetings with Baltimore. The Ravens outscored the Patriots 21-0 in the second half of a 28-13 AFC championship game victory two years ago. Joe Flacco threw three touchdown passes while New England scored one TD on four red-zone possessions, with Brady being intercepted on each of his last two drives. Brady also threw two picks in the previous years AFC title game, but ran in the go-ahead touchdown in a 23-20 victory. Baltimore scored 24 first-quarter points, ran the ball 52 times and intercepted Brady three times in a 33-14 wild-card win following the 2009 season. These teams are vastly different in some respects from those meetings, however. The top two receivers from each club in the last matchup - Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta for Baltimore and Aaron Hernandez and Wes Welker for New England - are not around. Ray Rice, who ran for 274 yards and three TDs in the three postseason meetings, is no longer with the Ravens. Cary Williams and Dannell Ellerbe are also gone after picking off Brady in the most recent playoff matchup. Given the differences, coach John Harbaugh downplayed Baltimores success in the postseason series. I dont think it really matters, he told the teams official website. Its a new game. Really, the past, the future, its just whoever plays best Saturday afternoon is going to be the team that wins the game. The Ravens are one of two teams, along with Carolina, with winning playoff road records. Baltimore is 10-5, tied with Green Bay for the most wins in league history despite playing at least two fewer games than all teams with seven or more such victories. Last weeks 30-17 victory in Pittsburgh was its third straight road playoff win. Harbaugh is 7-4, tied with Tom Coughlin and Tom Landry for the most road postseason wins in league history. I really dont have an explanation for that other than the fact that we played well, Harbaugh said. Youve got to play well on the road, obviously, to have a chance to win. Flaccos seven road playoff wins are a record. He has thrown for 17 TDs with one interception while winning six of his last seven postseason games and posted a 117.2 passer rating in Baltimores run to the 2012 title. He cashed in the following offseason with a six-year, $120.6 million deal. Harbaugh called Flacco the best quarterback in football after he was 18 of 29 for 259 yards and two TDs against the Steelers. He ranked 16th this season in terms of passer rating, but ranks 12th all-time in the playoffs. At the end of the day it doesnt really matter what everybody wants to think, Flacco said. It obviously means a lot for a head coach to stand up in front of everybody in the whole world and say those kind of things. Whether it really means anything, I dont know. But it definitely means a lot to me. New England coach Bill Belichick can tie Landry for the most playoff wins with his 20th, while Bradys 18 postseason wins lead all quarterbacks. Brady has thrown seven TDs with five interceptions while splitting his last six playoff games, however. He was 8 of 16 for 80 yards while playing only the first half in a Week 17 loss to Buffalo. The Patriots had already clinched home field. I dont think thats really useful, Brady said of recent playoff performances. We cant change what has happened. You just have to move forward and you have to think about the things that weve done really well this year. Aleix Vidal Jersey . -- Downcast before the final game of what had been a difficult road trip, the Ottawa Senators found a way to dig out a little momentum in the desert before heading home. Lucas Digne Jersey . The top-ranked Djokovic also beat Gael Monfils and then routed Roger Federer en route to his first Abu Dhabi title. "Its always great to win a title. This is the best way to start the 2012 season," Djokovic said. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- R.A. Dickey baffled the Tampa Bay Rays again. Dickey pitched a two-hitter for his first complete game of the year, Jose Reyes went 0-for-4 in his return from a two-month layoff and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Rays 3-0 Wednesday for their 12th win in 14 games. "I just concentrate on trying to produce a good knuckleball down in the strike zone for a strike, and today I was able to do that," Dickey said. "Mechanically, I was very repeatable, and you saw the results. They were hitting a lot of ground balls, I had a high strike percentage, so thats what Im looking for." Dickey (7-8) retired his first 13 batters before James Loney grounded a single between shortstop and third base with one out in the fifth. Yunel Escobar had a one-out single in the sixth, then was erased when Matt Joyce hit a double-play grounder. "Tremendous," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "You could tell early on he had it going. That ball was dancing. Big break. We played a nice ballgame and as good a game as you can pitch, I guess, unless its perfect." Dickey struck out six and walked one. The knuckleballer pitched a one-hitter for the New York Mets against the Rays on June 13 last year, allowing B.J. Uptons first-inning infield single. "He was really good, theres no question," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We didnt hit, I think, even one ball hard. He was just on top of his game." Only one Tampa Bay runner, Desmond Jennings who walked and stole second in the seventh, advanced past first base. Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion homered for the Blue Jays, who had lost two in a row after tying their team record of 11 straight wins. Reyes, the All-Star shortstop traded from Miami to Toronto during the offf-season, had been sidelined since severely spraining his left ankle sliding into second base during an April 12 game at Kansas City. Nelson Semedo Jersey. He grounded out three times, stranding runners on second in the third and fifth innings, and also flied out. His average dropped from .397 to .357 (15 for 42). "Everything felt the way that I expected," Reyes said. "I enjoyed being out there because I missed that for a long time." Reyes also made a nifty defensive play in the first inning, going into the hole to make a back-handed grab and then throw out Jennings at first. "Its fun to feel the effect of that right out of the chute," Dickey said. "Ive played with him for a while now, and Ill tell my grandkids about him. Hes that good of a player." Jose Bautista doubled leading off the fourth and scored on Melky Cabreras two-out single. Lind homered in the sixth and Encarnacion in the ninth. Roberto Hernandez (4-9) gave up three runs and six hits in eight-plus innings. "I think Roberto was fantastic," Maddon said. "That was probably his best game all year. Both sides pitched well." NOTES: To make room for Reyes, Toronto optioned SS Munenori Kawasaki to Triple-A Buffalo after Tuesdays game. It was a move that prompted Gibbons to hold a team meeting to announce the news. "Its always tough sending anybody out, but theres something special about this guy," Gibbons said. "He was so well-liked and loved by this teammates. Hell be back." Gibbons said this is first time he has done something like that in his managerial career. ... 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