BALTIMORE, Md. — They were strong words from John Harbaugh immediately following Sunday’s wild card win in Tennessee:
"This may be the best win I’ve ever been associated with," said the Ravens Head Coach on Sunday.
Harbaugh took a little bit of time to appreciate the magnitude of the victory over the team that upset the Ravens in last year’s postseason. But the work continues.
"Our individual experience with it as a team, going back to last year and the playoff loss and the different things we went through, I think collectively as a team that’s our shared experience as a football team," he said Monday. "Our fans are a part of that too. It’s worth dwelling on a little bit but right now we just don’t have time to do it."
That emotional 20-13 victory over the Titans was just the first step in this playoff journey. It was punctuated by a final stomp at midfield on the Tennessee logo following a Marcus Peters interception - a little payback for what the Titans did in Baltimore back in November, when they danced on the Ravens logo prior to that game. Harbaugh was in the understanding mood if that’s what his players wanted to do.
"There is great power in faith and belief and trust and these guys have that," said Harbaugh. "So, if that’s part of it then that’s part of it. You ask me if I’m upset about it? No. I’m not upset about it."
Next up are the high-flying Buffalo Bills. The No. 2 seed in the AFC is coming off a 27-24 wild-card win over the Colts. They are led by MVP candidate quarterback Josh Allen.
"The arm talent and the athleticism and the strength. He’s just a big, strong guy," said Harbaugh.
Allen's top target: former Maryland Terrapins wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who led the NFL this regular season with 127 catches and 1,535 yards.
"He’s just really, really, really good at what he does. That’s the part where it starts. He’s fast. He can run routes," said Harbaugh.
The Bills are the only AFC playoff team the Ravens have not faced this season.
With Sunday’s victory over the Titans Harbaugh set the NFL coaching record for career road playoff wins (8), passing Tom Landry and Tom Coughlin. Harbaugh said he is proud of the accomplishment and this last road win 'was a long time coming'.