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Added January 22nd, 2012 by James

AFC Championship Game: Can the Baltimore Ravens beat the New England Patriots and Tom Brady?

All eyes may be on the matchup between the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers this weekend for the NFC crown, but the better playoff game might be the New England Patriots hosting the Baltimore Ravens.

A couple of years ago, these two AFC heavyweights went head-to-head in the NFL playoffs. Even though the Patriots were thought to be the better team, the Ravens dominated Tom Brady and company to advance to the next round. The key to victory for Baltimore was the running game as the New England had absolutely no answer for Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice out of the backfield.

In the AFC Championship, these teams are very similar to the teams that faced off in the playoffs two years ago. The New England Patriots still depend on their offense to get wins on a weekly basis and the Baltimore Ravens continue to play well with a strong running game and a solid defense. If the Ravens can get going in the ground game and contain Tom Brady, Baltimore will almost certainly advance to the Super Bowl to take on either the New York Giants or the San Francisco 49ers.

Even though I believe that the Baltimore Ravens still have a good chance of pulling off the upset against Bill Belichick’s squad, it would be hard to bet against the New England Patriots in such a crucial game at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.

As of right now, the Baltimore Ravens are big underdogs with a -9 point spread in favor of the New England Patriots to win at home in the AFC Championship game. The Patriots might be able to cover, but I would take Baltimore to make it a close game.

Take the Ravens at +9.

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4 Responses to “AFC Championship Game: Can the Baltimore Ravens beat the New England Patriots and Tom Brady?”

  1. baltimore 34-32 says:

    Baltimore will carve them up no problem winning here :)

  2. Ravens Fan says:

    YES They can!

  3. Ravens Fan says:

    Tottally agreed Baltimore will win but it will be tough.

  4. Baltimore says:

    Baltimore will win this 34-21 there running game will be to good for the patriots Go Baltimore & Rice you are a legend let’s take Baltimore to the Super Bowl…
    let’s get ready to kick some patriot butts…Baltimore will be the champs

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