A lot has changed, but not everything has.
The top-seeded New England Patriots and the sixth-seeded Baltimore Ravens will meet once again next Saturday, marking the ninth overall meeting and fourth playoff meeting between them since 2009.
Yet before the two AFC sides do so for a 4:35 p.m. kickoff at Gillette Stadium in the divisional round, here is a look back at the recent history they share.
Oct. 4, 2009: Patriots 27, Ravens 21
- The first of seven meetings between New England and Baltimore since 2009, this one saw Patriots head coach Bill Belichick get into a chatter with then-Ravens wideout Derrick Mason along the sideline. Mason finished the game leading Baltimore with seven receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown, while quarterback Joe Flacco finished 27-of-47 passing for 264 yards, two touchdowns and one interception to former Patriots cornerback Leigh Bodden. New England tacked on three touchdowns via quarterback Tom Brady, halfback Sammy Morris and receiver Randy Moss to secure a six-point victory.
Jan 10, 2010: Patriots 14, Ravens 33
- New England crossed paths with Baltimore three months later on in the 2009 season, in what was a wild-card upset at Gillette Stadium. In the absence of slot receiver Wes Welker, whose year ended with a non-contact injury in Week 17, the Patriots turned to a rookie named Julian Edelman to catch six passes for 44 yards and two touchdowns. It was not enough, however, as the Ravens ran for 234 yards and four scores on 54 carries. Ray Rice broke out for 159 yards and two trips the end zone, while fellow halfback Willis McGahee and fullback Le’Ron McClain combined for 70 rushing yards and another two TDs. Kelley Washington, a core special-teamer spent the prior season with the Patriots, waived farewell to Foxborough as the Ravens moved on.
Oct. 17, 2010: Patriots 23, Ravens 20
- Over a month into the 2010 season, the Ravens traveled back to New England and came up three points short. Despite throwing interceptions to cornerback Chris Carr and safety Ken Hamlin, Brady and the Patriots’ offense registered two touchdowns by way of running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Super Bowl XXXIX MVP Deion Branch. And behind Green-Ellis and change-of-pace back Danny Woodhead, the New England was able to out-rush Baltimore on the way to a win.
Jan 2, 2012: Patriots 23, Ravens 20
- By the hand of undrafted rookie Patriots cornerback Sterling Moore and the leg of Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff, New England survived the 2012 AFC Championship Game, 23-20. Brady was sacked just once, but went 22-of-36 passing for 239 yards and threw two interceptions to Ravens cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb. Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, defensive end Mark Anderson and safety James Ihedigbo, meanwhile, sacked Flacco three times. Linebacker Brandon Spikes registered a pick on Flacco as the Patriots earned a trip to the Super Bowl against the New York Giants.
Sept. 23, 2012: Patriots 30, Ravens 31
- Just eights months after a 32-yard miss kept the Ravens from taking the Patriots into overtime, rookie kicker Justin Tucker converted a 27-yarder over the left upright for a September win as time expired. Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, playing with a heavy heart, caught six passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.
Jan 20, 2013: Patriots 13, Ravens 28
- After finishing the regular season 10-6, Baltimore went up against a 12-4 New England team again in the 2013 AFC Championship Game. The result was a 28-13 win at Gillette, and it sent the Ravens on to the Super Bowl, where they would defeat the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 34-31. And in the game leading up to it, Flacco threw three touchdowns while Brady threw one to Welker and saw two picked off by linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and current Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams.
Dec. 22, 2013: Patriots 41, Ravens 7
- The Patriots routed the Ravens 11 months later, winning by 34 in Baltimore in December of 2013. Without tight end Rob Gronkowski, Brady connected with halfback Shane Vereen for one touchdown. Two other Patriots running backs, LeGarrette Blount and Stevan Ridley, amassed 130 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 31 attempts. Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington, as well as defensive linemen Andre Carter, Sealver Siliga and Rob Ninkovich, sacked Flacco and the Ravens four times. And defensive backs Tavon Wilson and Logan Ryan intercepted the quarterback three times for 75 yards and a touchdown return.
The Patriots have gone 4-3 against the Ravens over the last six seasons, with a 2-2 mark in the regular season and a 1-2 mark in the postseason. But over the course of those seven games, both have shown they’re different teams with each passing one.