At 11-2 the Ravens were the far superior team at home and on the road. Cinci was a joke by the time the 16th game and beyond rolled around. All they could beat were losing teams. To compare the 09 version to the mighty 08 Ravens would be like comparing buttfumble to Aaron Rodgers. Sorry, doesn't resonate.
And, ahh, so all the sudden an 11-5 team without Brady is better than the next year's 10-6 team with him, eh? Especially that a gun shy Brady started the season on shaky legs.. and oh isn't that when the jest beat him, and just barely before he pummelled you later in the season?
Oh and if the presence of the almighty Brady is so relevent, then you've gotta admit Eli is elite considering he's beaten him the last 3 times they faced off, right?