Ravens vs Patriots AFC Championship Preview
Its championship season in the NFL prior to getting indepth on draft subjects lets look at the battle in the AFC this Sunday.
The stage is set with a trip to Super Bowl on the line, a battle between two powerhouse teams with opposite strengths will face each other on Sunday for the AFC Championship. The New England Patriots offense led by veteran quarterback Tom Brady will take on the Baltimore Ravens defense led by linebacker Ray Lewis.
The home team the Patriots were the number one seed in the AFC going into the playoffs and last week they proved it. The Patriots put to sleep and ended Tim Tebow’s season. The Broncos were simply outmatched and clearly had no room to go on any further. Tebow, had a season that surpassed all expectations but the Broncos magical run was stopped short last Saturday. The Patriots came in and went all out by putting up 45 points on the Broncos defense, that actually looked good in the previous weeks.
Dismantling Denver looked simple for Tom Brady, as he had one of the finest games a quarterback has ever had in a playoff game. The Patriots took an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter after Brady threw touchdown passes to Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski. The Broncos looked like they were going to make things interesting early on in the second quarter when Willis McGahee scampered in from the five yards out for a score, but that was really the end for the Broncos as they only collapsed from there. At that point, Brady went to work scoring 28 consecutive points and putting the Broncos away for good. He finished with 366 yards on the day and six touchdowns with just one interception.
Baltimore advanced to the AFC Championship after a solid effort against a very good Houston Texans team. The Ravens ended up defeating the Texans 20-13, and the difference in this one were the turnovers by Houston. Quarterback T.J. Yates did a decent job, while bearing in mind he is a rookie. In just his second playoff start, the Ravens had an answer for Yates and the rest of the offensive unit that includes the running tandom of Arian Foster and Ben Tate.
Late in the game, Ravens safety Ed Reed limped off the field with an ankle injury, after the Texans took a shot at a hail-mary in order to try and tie things up. At this point it looks like Reed will be OK for Sunday’s title game.
The Ravens are going to do whatever they can to rattle Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and try and cause turnovers. On offense expect them to give the ball to running back Ray Rice’s in order to run the ball on a week Patriots defense.
In the end it’ll be a fight between the Ravens defense and the Patriots offense led by Tom Brady. I expect the Patriots to continue their success on offense as they’ll be forced to step things up against a stout Ravens defense.
I believe that Brady and the Patriots will have another day in the sun and punch another ticket to the Super Bowl.