Blame the media for most of that. They whipped people into a frenzy. Now, the idiots that hoisted a Mayflower flag in Lot J that day got some venom that was well deserved. You noticed that the whole revenge thing was in short supply in the media for the last WC game. As a result the game was like any other playoff game. It did feel good to get that monkey off our backs, though.
The venom spewed at Peyton Manning and company in 2006 for that playoff game was over the top. It became about exorcising 12 years of demons and getting revenge on a dead guy instead of a playoff game for the Ravens.