I'm not a Pete Carroll fan either. But I loved his acting job ""What? Who called the T.O? I didn't call a T.O.!" LOL
I'm in a play-off pool at work ($20 - best record), and right now 6-2. One guy is 7-1. Both of my losses have come from picking against Baltimore. Of course we all took a loss Saturday, because we all picked Denver.
ATL couldn't stop Wilson in the 2nd half. Wait till next week when they face off against Kaepernick.
As for the Baltimore-New England game? I ain't decided yet. N.E. has a slight edge, and is 4-1 at Foxboro vs the Ravens, but they're always hard fought, tight games.
- teams that won the first meeting in the championship game are 5-0 in the rematch. The last time this happened in the AFC was 1986 and 1987, when the Broncos beat the Browns both times to go to the Super Bowl. The Ravens are 1-2 in AFC championship games, beating the Raiders in the 2000 season before losing to the Steelers in the 2008 season and the Patriots last year.
- The Ravens have had their struggles away from M&T Bank Stadium over the past two seasons, but they rise to the occasion on the road come playoff time. Since 2008, when Flacco became quarterback and John Harbaugh was hired as coach, the Ravens have the most road playoff wins in the NFL with five. That includes winning Saturday at top-seeded Denver, where Broncos had only lost three times in 16 home playoff games. Flacco's five road playoff victories are tied with Eli Manning for the most in NFL history.
- Baltimore has caused Tom Brady fits recently, which is why the Patriots quarterback is 2-2 against the Ravens in his last four meetings. Over that span, Brady has thrown four touchdown passes against the Ravens while getting picked off seven times. Where Brady has gotten into trouble against Baltimore is throwing deep.
Losing Gronkowski will hurt; but the Pats won without him through most of the season.
Which ray Rice will show up? If he hits 100 yds rushing, the odds are the Ravens will win.
Both of these defenses have been shaky most of the season. But the Ravens seem to be playing with a lot of intensity during this post-season.
And then there is this guy named Wes Welker.
Right now I'm leaning N.E.