Sports prognosticators and talking heads love looking into the past to help them determine the future. The AFC Championship game between the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots is no different.
Much of the talk this week on the Internet and through the airwaves is about how the Ravens manhandled the Patriots 33-14 in the 2009 playoffs. For some of the so-called experts, that game somehow gives pertinent insight into next weekends' AFC title tilt.
They couldn't be further from the mark.
Because of all of the changes that occur year to year, it's near folly to think that what happened six weeks ago, let alone what happened two years ago, automatically tells you how things will play out. Pats fans only have to go back to last year's playoff game against the New York Jets to see how wrongheaded it is to think that the past predicts the future.
Indeed, thinking the Ravens-Patriots previous matchup has any relevancy to this year's AFC championship game is only slightly less foolish than believing that Bill Belichick has working knowledge of the Ravens organization because he coached the team back when they were the Cleveland Browns.
Today's NFL must be measured in dog years, where one year is equivalent to seven. Two years might as well be 14 when applied to this game as much has changed since the last time these two teams met.