Remember when former Ravens wide receiver Lee Evans missed the game winning touchdown against the New England Patriots in the 2012 AFC Championship Game or the missed field goal that would have tied the ball game by Billie Cundiff? It’s 2015 and these two dominant ball clubs meet each other again for a trip to the AFC Title and possibly the Super Bowl.
Other than the New York Giants, the Ravens are one of the teams that have had significant success in defending Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The Ravens have ruined the Patriots Super Bowl dreams in the seasons of 2010 and 2013. They have also had some intense battles in the regular season as well.
Brady’s opposing quarterback Joe Flacco, is noted for not having stellar regular season numbers such as the likes of; Peyton Manning or Aaron Rodgers, however he has led the Ravens to the postseason six times in his brief career in the National Football League. He may not have the big numbers like Brady, but if he continues to do the things that he has done in the postseason then he will be on his way to Canton as a member of the Pro Football Hall Of Fame. Certain individuals from the Ravens defense have always been a thorn in the side of Tom Brady and the Patriots.
At first it was Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, now its Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil. Dumervil led the league with 17.0 sacks this season, will look to disrupt the Patriots high powered offense. We all know that this is not the typical Ravens defense that we are used to seeing in seasons past however, they have a lot of veterans that have been in intense playoff battles before. If there is any team that is not afraid of the mystique of Belichick and Brady, or the dangerous arm of Peyton Manning, it would be the Baltimore Ravens.
The whole home field advantage mentality does not apply to this ball club. They can play in any type of weather condition, or hostile environment and succeed. Expect Tom Brady to challenge the Ravens weak secondary early in this match up, if he is successful it may be a long day for the Ravens, unless Flacco and the Ravens running game responds to the Patriots firepower on offense.
At the beginning of the season I predicted that the Patriots would represent the AFC in the Super Bowl this season, I will not change my mind just because of the Ravens success they have had in the postseason in the against the Patriots. My prediction for this game is that the Patriots will bounce back in the second half of this match up and defeat the Ravens and continue their quest to Glendale, Arizona.
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