Who’s next? Ravens don’t care

Ravens fans might have a preference what team their squad faces in the first round of the playoffs next weekend.

Ravens players insist that they don’t care one way or another.

Whether they end up squaring off against the Chiefs, the Colts or the Jaguars, the Ravens know they’re heading on the road regardless. They know they’re going to face a talented team. And they know that they’re going to need to bring their A-game to move on to the Divisional Round.

“It doesn’t matter,” tight end Todd Heap said. “Our focus is getting the job done whatever route we have to take. I think we’ve got a pretty resilient group in this locker room, and everybody understands that. Everybody understands what’s in front of us, and there are some things that are out of our control, but what we can control we have to take care of.”

Should the Ravens get the Colts, they would head into Lucas Oil Stadium and face the team that knocked them from the playoffs last season.

Including the postseason, Indy has actually beaten the Ravens the last eight times that the two teams have squared off, but despite that, those in the Ravens’ locker room say an element of revenge doesn’t play a factor in their desire of who to play.

“Last year is last year,” center Matt Birk said. “The only thing that matters is we’re in the playoffs. We’ll find out who we play, and then it’s cliché, but it’s a one-game season. Everything that’s happened up to this point really doesn’t matter. All that matters is we got in, and sooner or later, you’re going to have to pretty much beat everyone anyway if you want to get to the Super Bowl.”

Currently, the most likely scenario for next weekend has the Ravens facing the Chiefs.

If the Colts’ 13-6 halftime lead holds, they would earn the No. 3 seed in the AFC, Kansas City would get the No. 4 spot, and the Ravens would travel to Arrowhead Stadium next weekend.

Baltimore might not have faced Kansas City as often as they have Indianapolis as of late, but wide receiver Derrick Mason says they know what they would get in the Chiefs if they do end up seeing them next weekend.

“We know them both,” Mason said. “With Indianapolis, we’ve played them a lot. That offensive and defense system [in Kansas City] we’ve seen before. That offensive coordinator [Charlie Weis] and defensive coordinator [Romeo Crennel] were in New England. We’re kind of familiar with what they do. They’re playing hard, just as well as Indianapolis is playing hard, so wherever we go, we have to win a football game.”

“We think we match up great against everybody,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “The bottom line is you have to win one at a time, for four games, and that’s how it works. We’ve won two and lost the third one. We’ve won one and lost the second one. So, our goal is to win four. But, it starts with wherever we go next week.”

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