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Matt Damon

Ravens Would NOT Have

Beat a HEALTHY Pats Team

1/23/2013 6:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

012313_matt_damon_launchMatt Damon is in NFL denial ... 'cause the guy honestly believes the New England Patriots would NEVER have been defeated by the Baltimore Ravens if they weren't riddled with injuries.

Problem is ... the Pats weren't as injured as Damon made them out to be.

Matt -- a Boston-native -- had just arrived at LAX last night when someone asked why his team folded in the AFC Championship this past Sunday.

"Lotta injuries," Damon said ... "They couldn't beat us full strength."

Obviously, the Pats were missing Rob Gronkowski going into Sunday's game ... but that's really their only big-time guy who was sidelined with an injury (forearm).

A couple of important Pats players were hurt DURING the matchup -- including CB Aqib Talib and RB Stevan Ridley ... but hey, that's part of the game, right?

But when Damon was asked who he's rooting for in the Super Bowl -- the Ravens or the 49ers -- he still refused to acknowledge defeat ... saying, "I'm going for a healthy New England team, that's the best team in the country."

FYI -- Damon couldn't have been NICER at the airport, signing autographs for EVERYONE who asked ... and doing it all with a smile.

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Mrs.D    

Why are Patriots fans such babies? You lost fair and square get over it!

536 days ago
17.

Toilethead    

I doubt it.

536 days ago
18.

Johnny.leggett@reagan.com    

Maybe , Brady should'nt have stuck his leg up so for like a 6 year old playing backyard football !! Can't wait to hear from his wife why , again Tom Brady - cant do everything for the team !!! Now , Matt Damon comes to Tom's rescue .. Face it boys - No matter where you are in the World .... W - means a WIN..... L- means a LOSE ... Brady just can't close the deal anymore.. In other words Tom is. " CHOKING " under pressure !!!!!!!!! Said. The Mississippi Boy !!!!!!

536 days ago
19.

Aria    

Harvey you obviously don't know squat about th pats because you did you would know gronk wasnt the only good player missing. Matt damon knows and he does have a valid point. For you people calling us babies uuhhh when we gave it to our team in the butt you and your friends went to the pars website bashing them and us.......so who really ate the babies????t

536 days ago
20.

Brian Butler    

Well, obviously he has the right to voice his opinion. But, no team is healthy. The Ravens lost their starting cornerback for the season. Lewis is playing with a torn triceps, Suggs in playing with a torn biceps, Ngata has been playing with a sore shoulder and sore quad all season. What bothers me were all of the non calls during the game. How about Ed Reed getting hit on a fair catch? I have even heard Pats fans saying it was his fault because he ran in to the defender!!! That is impossible. Another Pats fan said it was incidental contact! He was knocked to the ground. How about the non call on the hit on Pitta? How about the late hit on Pierce out of bounds? And the best one of all, that Pollards hit on Rideley should have been called a helmet to helmet penalty!! Problem is, that is not a penalty on a runner, only a defenseless receiver. And Rideley lowered his head too. Pats fans are sore losers who have always gotten the calls to go their way. Lastly, the Ravens have outplayed the Pats recently. We knocked them out of the playoffs in 2010, we beat them in the regular season this year and lets be honest, if Lee Evans holds on to the ball last year, we would have been in the Super Bowl last year too. But, he did not and that is the way it goes.

536 days ago
21.

MrsB    

Get over it crybabies..you lost.

536 days ago
22.

lexi    

such sore losers! why can't they just shut up about it! Last year when they beat the Ravens.. you didn't hear them crying or refusing an interview.

536 days ago
23.

Columbo    

Too bad Ridley gave himself a concussion. Way to lower your head and slam into Pollard. That was all on Steven. Btw. Ravens, by all means, should have won last year vs Pats if the fool falls to the ground after making the winning TD catch.

536 days ago
24.

William j    

Cry me a river typical pats fan moaning and groaning after a loss boo hoo!!! **** the Red Sox too!!!

536 days ago
25.

Katie    

Sick of him mouthing off about politics, and now he thinks his opinion matters about football? The RAVENS beat the ***** Pats fair and square and glad they did, AND I'm a long-time Pittsburgh Steeler fan!

536 days ago
26.

Truth    

THE ONLY HOT ABOUT THE PATRIOTS IS GISELE BUNDCHEN'S HOT ASS. EVERYTHING ELSE SUXX BALLS. THO IMMA SURE GISELLE DID THAT TO TOM BRADY AND THE PAT'S LOST. #TRUTH!!

536 days ago
27.

jbeans    

The Pats (cheaters) players, coaches and wives are all crybabys!! Your team sucks and you lost! Deal with it!. They are the most overrated team in the NFL...and coach Bill-a-cheat is classless!

536 days ago
28.

Happymom    

Poor Matt what a sore loser but let's face it considering the coach refused to address the media after the game what does that say for the pats. What about Tom Brady kicking Ed Reed where was that flag last time I checked we were watching football not karate ! Pats were supposed to be "healthy " at this point in the season who had a totally healthy team! I'm so proud of my ravens ! We didn't have to cheat for a win and we overcame so much this season ! So all the haters keep hating the more you hate the better we do ! LETS GO RAVENS

536 days ago
29.

skeyehi    

Would have, should have, could have...didn't. Fail.

536 days ago
30.

Zarley    

Pats lost..Now go away.Bitter loser.

536 days ago
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