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Darrelle Revis overcomes rough start in Patriots' win

Steve Smith of the Baltimore Ravens catches a

Steve Smith of the Baltimore Ravens catches a touchdown against Darrelle Revis of the New England Patriots in the first quarter during the 2014 AFC Divisional Playoffs game at Gillette Stadium on Jan. 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Mass. Credit: Getty Images / Elsa

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - It was a rough beginning for Darrelle Revis, who gave up an early touchdown pass to Steve Smith Sr. and later was called for two uncharacteristic penalties, including his first pass-interference infraction of the season.

In the end, though, Revis got the best of the Ravens' wide receiver, who finished with three catches for 44 yards and a TD in the Patriots' 35-31 win in the AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium.

"[Smith] caught a touchdown earlier in the game, and after that, he got erased," Revis crowed afterward.

It's the third time Revis is heading to the AFC Championship Game, and he's hoping for his first visit to the Super Bowl. Revis helped the Jets reach AFC title games after the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

"It's great. We fought hard, and it was tough," Revis said. "We were down 28-14 at one point, but it's 60 minutes. We had a lot of time left to get on a run. It was a great game overall, and we just happened to make more plays than them, and that's what it came down to."

Revis seemed unfazed by the two penalties called on him -- the first a pass interference on the Ravens' touchdown drive in the second quarter and the other a holding call late in the third quarter that negated a sack/forced fumble by Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

"Don't agree with that call," Revis said of the pass interference. "I played the ball right. Refs make the call and that's it. But I definitely don't agree with the call."

And the hold? "There was a lot of scrapping out there, pushing, tugging, back and forth, receivers pushing off, and that's what it was," he said. "I pulled, [Smith] pushed off, I pulled, and they called me and that's that."

Revis said he doesn't spend a lot of time thinking about the Jets.

"Oh, no, man, that's long ago," he said. "We just won. These wins don't come easy, especially playoff time. I'm just trying to enjoy this."

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