Some optimistic pregame Ravens stats

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - One last time before tonight's game gets under way, let's take a look back at some quick numbers from the Ravens' playoff run so far.

* This postseason, Baltimore ranks second in the NFL in total offense with 459 yards per game, including 296.5 passing yards, through two contests.

* The big play has been a significant part of Baltimore's prolific passing attack in the postseason. Quarterback Joe Flacco has 11 completions of 20 or more yards and has averaged 39.8 yards on his five touchdown passes in the playoffs.

* Wideout Anquan Boldin has 11 catches for 216 yards this playoff run and 27 receptions for 452 yards in his six playoff games with the Ravens. That's the second-most postseason receiving yards since 2010.

* The Ravens' six sacks and three forced fumbles the last two weeks are both tops among playoff teams. Linebacker Paul Kruger leads the way with 2.5 sacks and linebacker Terrell Suggs has two.

If the Ravens can get to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady a bit, that could be the equalizer in tonight's AFC championship.

The big play should be there for Baltimore. New England allows tons of yards, but also is stingy in the points department.

If Flacco can connect on some deep scores like he did last week, that also could turn the tables a bit.

Although the point spread is decidedly in the Pats' favor, based on the recent history of this series and the way the Ravens are playing lately at full strength, this seems like a toss-up going in.

Could New Orleans be awaiting the black and purple in two weeks? We'll know in a matter of hours.