Coming off a huge win against the Denver Broncos on Saturday, the Baltimore Ravens look to face a familiar opponent in the New England Patriots this coming Sunday in the AFC Championship game.
The Patriots won with ease this past Sunday against the Houston Texans with Tom Brady once again showing why he is the best quarterback of our generation. That was Brady’s 17th postseason win, the most ever by any quarterback in NFL history.
This will be a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship game, the first time that has happened since the Broncos faced the Browns in 1987.
The Ravens beat the Patriots in Week 3 of the season but still have a chip on their shoulder from last year’s AFC Championship game.
The Ravens had many chances to win that game last year; including a potential game-winning touchdown catch that was knocked from the hands of wide receiver Lee Evans and also Billy Cundiff missing a 32-yard field goal attempt with 11 seconds remaining that could have sent the game into overtime.
With that being said, the Patriots are hungry and also have a chip on their shoulder from losing in the Super Bowl to the New York Giants….again.
Ray Lewis has this Ravens team extremely energized with this being his “last ride”. They are playing their hearts out and have some sort of aura surrounding them.
The Patriots, on the other hand, suffered a huge loss on Sunday with tight end Rob Gronkowski re-injuring his forearm. Gronkowski has been ruled out for the remainder of the playoffs.
Even with that injury, some believe the Patriots are still the better team. However, the way this Ravens team is playing as of late, they could beat anyone.
It looks like the Ravens are getting real hot at the right time, similar to the Giants teams of recent past. Let’s see if Ray has enough motivation to will his team to the Super Bowl.