New England Patriots
A resilient New England team did what was necessary to beat Baltimore.
The Ravens won’t return to the AFC Championship game but it wasn’t for lack of trying. The Patriots and Ravens put together one of the most exhilarating playoff games in recent memory.
The Ravens need as many players as possible attacking Tom Brady in the divisional round of the postseason. Baltimore may have got one more to do just that with the return of Timmy Jernigan.
The Ravens are a game away from the AFC Championship. Standing in their way are the New England Patriots. The Ravens have had success against them in the past, but both teams have changed a great deal since then.
Baltimore made its reputation on defense, but its kicking game is also pretty good.
If the Ravens are in the playoffs, chances are good that they’ll go up against the New England Patriots. That’s been the trend set by these two teams in recent years. Round 4 of the postseason battle will begin on Saturday with the victor receiving a ticket to the AFC Championship.
Baltimore’s defense is just as tough as ever, but it now has a dangerous offense to go with it.
New England and Baltimore are developing an impressive postseason rivalry.
Each of the dozen NFL teams still standing has reason to believe next month will bring a party and a parade.
Quarterback Tom Brady played well this season, but the Patriots wouldn’t have a 12-4 record without these contributors.