Ravens at Patriots: 5 Keys to Prepare for an AFC Championship Win

By Doug Tozier
January 16, 2013 9:31 am
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The New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens have become familiar foes in recent years. In their nine meetings to date, the Patriots appear to have a significant advantage with a 7-2 record. But it is the more recent games that are troubling:

In their lone meeting during the 2012 season, the Ravens squeezed by the Patriots by a single point.

At the end of the 2011 season, the Patriots managed to do the same in a close-call scenario that saw the Ravens miss a touchdown for the win, and then a 32-yard field goal and a chance to try for the win in overtime in the Championship game.

The preceding year saw the Patriots grind out a win in OT; and the year before that was the only other loss that the Patriots suffered at the hands of the Ravens, in that season's Wild Card round.

Based on that synopsis, the rivalry appears to be at an all-time high. Add to that the announcement that this will be Ray Lewis' final season, and the least we can say is that the Patriots have their work cut out for them.

Here are five keys to a Patriot win.

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15 months ago
Doug-you make some really good points. This game means a lot to Brady in this respect-it would be his 9th Championship Ring and that would put him all alone at the top. He is currently tied at 8 with Montana and Bradshaw. Elway is right behind them at 7.
15 months ago

One other thing on Brady-this makes the 12th Championship Game that Brady will play in. That breaks the Record of 11 set by Elway.
15 months ago

And he shows no sign of slowing down. He may outplay Favre by the time he hangs it up. That 4th (or 5th) SB ring would be the ultimate fo sho).
15 months ago

I just thought of 1 other comparison to make-but if Brady wins his 9th Championship Game, he would have won more championship games than my guy (Marino) won playoff games in total (8). That is so sad. But, my guy made his own bed, and now he's sleeping in it.
15 months ago

Not that I know so much about your guy... but you have to wonder what happened to him in the playoffs that (like Barry Sanders) he never could reach that next level.
15 months ago

I think the answer to what happened to Sanders is he never had a good QB to get it done in the PO's. Just like T. Davis in '96. But Elway did get it done in '97 and '98 for Terrell. As for Marino, almost all of his PO losses were Dan's worst or near worst games of the year. P.Manning has done the same thing according to CHFF.
15 months ago

That's a good point, as we've seen that even Brady has struggled to win SBs when the run game or defense is not as strong.
15 months ago

Yeah, but that's different from Marino's problems. Dan only had 3 one-and-dones, so when he played good enough to help his Team win our 1st PO game, he would follow that up with his worst or near worst games of the entire year and it would result in a loss. But he had the same teammates in both games. HIS performance changed drastically and all for the worse. He had a Passer Rating of around 100 in those wins, and it dropped to around 60 in those losses because of a lot more turnovers.

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