Patriots to face Ravens in AFC Championship Game

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Ray Lewis and the Ravens stout defense, will try and take on Tom Brady and the Patriots potent offense, in the AFC Championship game.

After throttling the Broncos 45-10 at home last night, the New England Patriots will be playing the Baltimore Ravens, who won just minutes ago, in the AFC Championship Game. The Patriots have struggled against the Ravens recently in the playoffs, losing to them 33-14 at home. The Patriots will be at home again for this one, given that the Patriots are the number one seed, finishing with a 13-3 regular season record, and the Ravens are the number two seed, and finished the season 12-4.

This will be an exciting matchup, given the teams history and their strengths and weakness’. The Patriots have a potent number three rated offense which can keep putting points up on the board, and the Ravens have a stout third ranked defense. The Ravens also have an excellent running back in Ray Rice, but a sometimes inconsistent quarterback, Joe Flacco. He has shown flashes of being an elite quarterback in the NFL, but wouldn’t be considered elite until he shows more consistency. It may prove to be a challenge to Joe Flacco to score at the level of Tom Brady.

The Patriots offense scores an average of 32.1 points per game, and the Ravens defense allows 16.6 points per game. The Ravens offense scores 23.6 points per game, and the Patriots defense allows 21.4 points per game, according to Yahoo! Sports. The Patriots defense played extremely well against the Broncos in the divisional round, only allowing 10 points. They also showed that the can rush the passer effectively, sacking Tim Tebow five times. Hopefully the Patriots defense will continue the good play against the Ravens in Foxburough next week, on Sunday at 3:00 pm ET. The winner gets a ticket to the Super Bowl, the other, a ticket home.

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