NFL Playoffs: AFC Championship Game Boils Down To Final Minutes

By Andy Schmidt
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There is nothing like a good rematch to get the blood boiling between two rivals. The AFC Championship Game on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Eastern has just that, as the Baltimore Ravens face the New England Patriots. These two teams met last season in this game, with New England escaping with a late win on a missed Baltimore field goal. The best part about these two teams playing is that they have had two straight close games, and it appears that neither team likes the other.

Baltimore must get a big game from Joe Flacco if they want to advance to the Super Bowl. Flacco has been the king of winning road playoff games in his career and if the Ravens win this game, Flacco will have a National Football League record six road playoff wins in his career. Flacco must throw for over 250 yards and two touchdowns for the Ravens to get the win. New England has had some injury concerns but if Tom Brady does what he normally does, the Patriots should be just fine. Brady has his favorite target in Wes Welker and if Welker can finish with 8-10 catches and a touchdown, New England wins.

This game is going to come down to the final possession in my opinion. These are two very talented teams but in the end, I see the Patriots finding a way at home to squeak out a victory. I’ll take New England 24-21 on a last-second field goal. Baltimore may still be a bit tired from last week’s double-overtime game, and that little bit of extra play may come back to bite the Ravens here. The Patriots will get another chance to win a Super Bowl.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.

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