Home-field advantage in the playoffs is overrated for Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who has found that the road to success in the postseason usually involves packing his bags and getting the heck out of Baltimore.
Last week's 20-13 victory in Tennessee was Harbaugh's eighth on the road in the playoffs, the most by any coach in NFL history, breaking a tie with Tom Landry and Tom Coughlin.
Harbaugh rarely acknowledges or celebrates his own feats, but he understood the significance of topping Landry — a Hall of Fame coach with the Dallas Cowboys — and Coughlin, who had a fine run in Jacksonville before winning two Super Bowls with the New York Giants.
“As far as being proud of it and all that, I’m proud, yes," Harbaugh said. “Tom Landry and Tom Coughlin, those are two great coaches."
Harbaugh was unaware of the accomplishment until he got home and received a congratulatory call from his father, a former college coach who knows quite well how difficult it is to win a big game in a hostile environment.
“He was fired up, so it was neat in that respect," Harbaugh said. “But really, it’s the players. They’ve played great on the road all year. We’re on the road, so we have to keep doing it.”
Harbaugh's next task is to win Saturday night at Buffalo. It's no easy chore, but then again, he's guided the Ravens to playoff victories in Denver, New England, Pittsburgh and Kansas City since taking over in 2008.
In fact, Harbaugh has a better road record in the playoffs (8-5) than at home (2-2). Last year, the Ravens earned home-field advantage as the top seed in the AFC before opening with a lopsided defeat at home against the Titans.