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Who Will Win the AFC Championship?

Sports 2012/01/20 16:39:48
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It's that time of year for the NFL. It's down to the final four football teams in the playoffs. Two teams will punch their ticket to the Super Bowl next month. Two other teams will have to watch the big game from home. Sunday afternoon's AFC Championship Game pits the No. 1 seed New England Patriots against the No. 2 seed Baltimore Ravens.

The Patriots have a shot to win their first Super Bowl since 2004 and make their first trip back to the big game since 2008. For Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, four Super Bowl rings put him in the highest echelons of all-time great players. Not that he's not a future Hall of Famer already or anything...

“The Ravens, they’re the best team we’ve played all year,” Brady said to WEEI. “They present a ton of challegnes in all three phases of the game. When you watch them, like you watched them yesterday, they’re physical, they’re tough, they can cover, they have some of the best players in the history of the NFL at their possitions like [Terrell] Suggs, Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Haloti Ngata.”

The Ravens have even more of an incentive to get to the Super Bowl, since it's been over a decade since the team's last appearance and championship. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has been solid, yet shaky in the playoffs, although he did lead the team to the AFC Championship Game three seasons ago in his rookie year. Luckily for the Ravens, they still have a great defense to make up for their inconsistency -- but they aren't getting any younger. One thing is for sure: This game will be physical.

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  • david shiel 2012/01/24 09:09:19
    Baltimore Ravens
    david shiel
    whoops
  • jacktown kid 2012/01/23 16:17:14
    New England Patriots
    jacktown kid
    Be a Hellish game
  • wamcalif 2012/01/23 02:56:56
    Baltimore Ravens
    wamcalif
    I actually clicked on New England (post game). It's going to be a long plane ride home to B'more. How do miss a kick from that close? That's not easy.
  • Recruit 2012/01/22 23:29:03
    New England Patriots
    Recruit
    +1
    I will eat a squirrel if the Pats dont win the SUPER BOWL
  • Alex 2012/01/22 20:37:33
    New England Patriots
    Alex
    +3
    PATS NATION
    new england patriots
  • JoeBlo 2012/01/22 20:21:19
    Baltimore Ravens
    JoeBlo
    As much as I despise the show-boating Lewis.... I'm pulling for the Ravens to win today and knock off the 49ers in the Bowl.
  • stevegtexas@aol.com 2012/01/22 19:42:42 (edited)
  • Max7 stevegt... 2012/01/23 00:01:20
    Max7
    Hopefully Eli will stun the Patriots with a win.
  • Boris D. 2012/01/22 19:37:32
    New England Patriots
    Boris D.
    +1
    I'm on the Brady Train.

    A former U of M QB who is not a total A-hole.



    “Michigan is a good school and I got a good education there,” he said, “but the athletic department has ways to get borderline guys in and, when they’re in, they steer them to courses in sports communications. They’re adulated when they’re playing, but when they get out, the people who adulated them won’t hire them.”

    Gee, those are pretty holier-than-thou comments for a drunk driver.

    Look, it's no secret that most college football players at most big-time college football programs aren't majoring in electrical engineering or pre-med. That's about as big a revelation as finding out Charlie Weis has high cholesterol. Yes, some of it is the players but a lot of it also has to do with the fact that playing ball is like having a full-time job on top of one's classwork. Is that the way it should be? No. But it is. So double majoring in physics and chem probably won't work for most student-athletes. Thus, I don't understand Harbaugh's point in bashing his school like that.

    Furthermore, Jim neglects to mention all the guys at Michigan - and many other big time schools - who somehow managed to juggle spending 40 hours a week playing football but still go on to become successful doctors, lawyers, bus...





    I'm on the Brady Train.

    A former U of M QB who is not a total A-hole.



    “Michigan is a good school and I got a good education there,” he said, “but the athletic department has ways to get borderline guys in and, when they’re in, they steer them to courses in sports communications. They’re adulated when they’re playing, but when they get out, the people who adulated them won’t hire them.”

    Gee, those are pretty holier-than-thou comments for a drunk driver.

    Look, it's no secret that most college football players at most big-time college football programs aren't majoring in electrical engineering or pre-med. That's about as big a revelation as finding out Charlie Weis has high cholesterol. Yes, some of it is the players but a lot of it also has to do with the fact that playing ball is like having a full-time job on top of one's classwork. Is that the way it should be? No. But it is. So double majoring in physics and chem probably won't work for most student-athletes. Thus, I don't understand Harbaugh's point in bashing his school like that.

    Furthermore, Jim neglects to mention all the guys at Michigan - and many other big time schools - who somehow managed to juggle spending 40 hours a week playing football but still go on to become successful doctors, lawyers, business leaders, etc., etc., etc. Is that most college football players? Of course not. Then again, that's not most college students period.

    Finally, while Jim Harbaugh was before my time at Michigan, in talking to some acquaintances who were there during his U-M days, I'm told he was pretty "adulated" himself around the A2 campus back then. And, allegedly, he enjoyed that adulation very much. So cut the sanctimonious crap.

    Oh, and Jimbo, kiss any chance of coaching at Michigan good-bye. Enjoy Palo Alto.

    Sorry, but this story just rubbed me the wrong way.
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  • SourDiesel 2012/01/22 09:57:11
    Baltimore Ravens
    SourDiesel
    I'm rooting for Baltimore
  • Resp 2012/01/22 03:44:56
  • Recruit Resp 2012/01/22 23:27:42
    Recruit
    yes you do...lol
  • W Voolzk 2012/01/22 02:58:20
    Baltimore Ravens
    W Voolzk
    +1
    Most consistent and better quarterback.
  • Kae Kam W Voolzk 2012/01/22 23:28:34
    Kae Kam
    Brady, in his own words, "Sucked pretty bad today", but there's no way you honestly think Flacco is a better QB. That's ludicrous.
  • Max7 W Voolzk 2012/01/23 00:02:21
    Max7
    Not quite
  • ..::localeye::.. 2012/01/22 02:43:47
    New England Patriots
    ..::localeye::..
    +3
    Tom Brady and the dual TE assault of Gronkowski and Hernandez is too strong.
  • Bob DiN ..::loc... 2012/01/22 08:20:09
    Bob DiN
    They will be strong until they get hit by the punishing Ravens Defense.
  • Raymond... Bob DiN 2012/01/22 23:41:11
    Raymond Allamby
    they got hit, and are still strong. the Patriots did there fair share of hitting too. Patriots are in the superbowl!
  • Bob DiN Raymond... 2012/01/23 02:53:17
    Bob DiN
    They did play a good game against a tough team.
  • Max7 Bob DiN 2012/01/23 00:04:09
    Max7
    Unfortnately they couldn't endure to the end, now I'm hoping that Eli Manning will come out on top all the way
  • Bob DiN Max7 2012/01/23 02:53:40
    Bob DiN
    We'll soon see.
  • Max7 Bob DiN 2012/01/23 04:30:54
    Max7
    Hey, what can I say, the Ravens were unable to get it done, and Eli and his men came through a tough fight with a win, now I got my wish so far. In the superbowl I am hoping that Eli will bring it on home for that final and big win!
  • Bob DiN Max7 2012/01/23 07:19:38
    Bob DiN
    Both games were close games and very exciting. Looks like a 2007 and rematch.
  • Max7 Bob DiN 2012/01/24 02:47:05
    Max7
    I hope that NYG has the same results as they did before.
  • Bob DiN Max7 2012/01/24 03:29:33
    Bob DiN
    So do I.
  • painted desert 2012/01/22 00:02:47 (edited)
    New England Patriots
    painted desert
    +3
    Go Pats!!! New England Patriots
  • Callaway 2012/01/21 23:07:51
    New England Patriots
    Callaway
    +2
    The Pats not huge but by enough, the Ravens didn't look good at all against the Texans then again Houston has a better defense than NE but a rookie 3rd string QB nearly snuffed them last week Brady sure ain't no rookie. Foster ran over the vaunted Ravens D for a load.
  • Amanda Styles 2012/01/21 22:18:57
    New England Patriots
    Amanda Styles
    +1
    I'm a Pat hater as much as the next, but to bet against Brady is just foolish lol! I love me some Ravens but no way they're putting up more points than the Pats, and Brady wants that rematch with Eli like BADDDDLY haha, its all setting up for the rematch Giants vs. Pats
  • jsmac1 2012/01/21 20:16:23
    New England Patriots
    jsmac1
    +4
    TOM BRADY ALL DAY
  • ✞Knight of Honor 2012/01/21 19:04:49
    New England Patriots
    ✞Knight of Honor
  • WeasleyHats 2012/01/21 18:25:07
  • cm 2012/01/21 18:24:07
    New England Patriots
    cm
    +2
    I'd rather see the Ravens win but it's not going to happen.
  • hari 2012/01/21 10:41:43
    New England Patriots
    hari
    +4
    Dashing and aggressive
  • Sean McDonald 2012/01/21 09:56:54
    New England Patriots
    Sean McDonald
  • Doug 2012/01/21 09:33:09
    New England Patriots
    Doug
    +4
    Baltimore, schmaltimore! Patriots all the way!
  • Bob DiN Doug 2012/01/22 08:21:35
    Bob DiN
    You maybe singing a different tune Sunday Night.
  • Kae Kam Bob DiN 2012/01/22 23:29:38
    Kae Kam
    Or not. Haaahahahahahahahaha.
  • carlton999 2012/01/21 08:11:11
    Baltimore Ravens
    carlton999
    +2
    Im hoping its the Ravens
  • Bob DiN carlton999 2012/01/22 08:20:53
    Bob DiN
    I think It will be Ravens.
  • Ves~Sailor Soldier of PHAET 2012/01/21 07:53:13
    New England Patriots
    Ves~Sailor Soldier of PHAET
    +4
    Go Patriots!
    patriots

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