The New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens AFC Championship part deux happens this weekend. Not only is this a rematch of earlier this season but also a rematch of last year’s title game. For the third week in a row this could be Ray Lewis’ last game. He has stated that regardless of the outcome this will be his last of 17 seasons in the NFL. The former first round pick has laid it all on the line for the Baltimore Ravens and the battle against the quarterback with the most wins in NFL playoff history is nothing short than what we dream of. Both of these teams had similar situations to get them into these playoffs.
It was never in doubt for New England; they just needed a collapse by the Houston Texans in the last 3 weeks to get the number two seed and home field. The Ravens needed collapses by the Steelers and a few timely losses by the Bengals to clinch the division.
Earlier this season the Ravens and Patriots met at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro and the Ravens walked out a 31-30 winner. I’m expecting another 38-35 style game like the Broncos and Ravens had last week to get us to this point. Even without stand out tight end Rob Gronkowski the Patriots have all the weapons they need. For the Ravens they will need Joe Flacco to get the longball working. When he averages nine yards per attempt they win. However I am going to go with the Patriots in this game because they still have Tom Brady taking snaps and he is 5-2 all-time against the Ravens. He will have a clean pocket most of the game allowing him to pick apart this defense.
Prediction: Patriots 31-27