Heading into this year's playoffs, many so called "experts" felt that the Baltimore Ravens would probably beat the Indianapolis Colts, but that's it, well if you have ever been to Charm City, you know there are always some surprises, and the Ravens surprised the NFL world by not only beating the number one seeded Denver Broncos on the road, but also took out the defending AFC Champion New England Patriots on the road as well, and now they are heading to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.

So what happened in Baltimore that made this team so good so quickly? I believe there are several factors that affected the Ravens heading into the playoffs, but I have narrowed down the list to the four I believe to be the biggest and most influential.

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