Reasons why Patriots will beat Ravens again
The New England Patriots’ Tom Brady is a clear favorite of the remaining four quarterback in the playoffs. Although the Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco rolled in hot with a victory over the AFC top seed Denver Broncos, his famous ‘Flacco Fling’ was a result of poor defensive showing by the Broncos, rather than a solid proof of Flacco’s talents.
Tom Brady boasts a league best 17-6 playoffs record and a winning percentage of .739. The 13-year pro Tom Brady is just one win away from his sixth Super Bowl game and fourth championship win. Additionally apart from the rivalry, he’s especially aching for this win after missing his past two Super Bowl appearances.
Rematch of regular season loss
You’d probably think the Baltimore Ravens have the revenge angle covered after losing last year’s AFC title game to a close 23-20 and having an overall 2-7 record against the New England Patriots.
But the New England Patriots don’t take even a regular season loss lightly after the Baltimore Ravens defeated them 31-30 in Week 3. The New England Patriots let a clear 30-21 lead slip entering the fourth quarter after the Baltimore Ravens rallied to win. Moreover, there’s still controversy over the game winning field goal by Baltimore Ravens’ kicker Justin Tucker, after he kicked the ball over the right goalpost and the replacement referees ruled it good.
Historically, when the New England Patriots reach as far as the AFC title game, they rarely lose. The New England Patriots are 7-1 in AFC Championship Games. Their only loss occurred in 2007 at the hands of the Peyton Manning led Indianapolis Colts while playing on road.
But this time the New England Patriots play at Gillette Stadium where they have a 4-0 record at home. Although the New England Patriots won over the Baltimore Ravens by a small margin last postseason, they’ve defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars20-6 (1997), Indianapolis Colts 24-1 (2004) and San Diego chargers 21-12 (2008) at home. Additionally the odd makers have placed the New England Patriots 9 points favorites against the Baltimore Ravens.
They ranked 25th in the league in terms of overall defense and were 29th against the pass, with a sound ninth against the run during the season.
But the New England Patriots defense came back stronger in the second half of the regular season, especially with improvement in the backfield. The poor coverage by the New England Patriots’ secondary was key to the Baltimore Ravens’ fourth quarter rally in Week 3 as Joe Flacco amassed 382 yards and three touchdowns.
Since, the New England Patriots have bolstered their defense by moving Devin McCourty from cornerback to safety, with Steve Gregory starting as the other safety after replacing Patrick Chung. Alfonzo Dennard has also been shifted to right cornerback, while the New England Patriots also acquired Aqib Talib, who excels in one-on-one coverage, in a trade early November with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.