Per my previous predictions, the Ravens have advanced to the AFC Championship. Once again they are huge underdogs. Like myself, the team does not care, and they shouldn’t. After all, they were huge underdogs vs Denver Broncos. We saw how that turned out for the haters, national media, and the odds makers. It was a beautiful sight to see my beloved Ravens take down one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, Peyton Manning, along with his number one-seeded, Denver Broncos. It was an epic classic, and a double OT thriller. Future Hall of Fame quarterback, Peyton Manning, made the mistake of throwing across his body, and was intercepted by cornerback, Corey Graham. It was a very un-Manning like play, I have to admit. This play put the Ravens in field goal range, and was nailed by rookie kicker, Justin Tucker. Justin Tucker has been on the money this year for the Ravens, and the coaching staff made a great decision to ditch former kicker, Billy Cundiff for Tucker. The critics are fuming they did not get their dream match up, Manning vs Brady. Instead, it will be Flacco vs Brady. With Tom (terrific) Brady up next, the national media still hold the Ravens in the lowest regards, and don’t give them much of a chance.
“The teams that won the NFL’s two longest games since 1970 -the 1971 Dolphins and the 1986 Browns failed to end their playoff run with a Super Bowl title- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Reporter”
“Brady won his first title in New Orleans versus the St. Louis Rams 11 years ago to begin his storybook career. Flacco, Ryan and Kaepernick simply aren’t good enough to stop Brady from winning his fourth championship in the same place where it all started~ James Welker, ESPN”
“Ravens aren’t going to have much of a chance in the AFC Championship Game~ Michael David Smith, Profootball Talk”
Let’s remember, these are the same critics whom predicted the Ravens were not going to win another game. After all, the team was in the mist of a three-game loosing streak. While I cannot predict what type of game this will be, I can promise you the doubters will be silenced, and the Ravens will be victorious once more. National pundits are again predicting a blow out, and don’t seem to fathom the Ravens keeping up with Brady, or his prolific offense. While the disrespect of the team continues, the Ravens keep their goal in mind. Hoisting the Lombardi Trophy on February 3, 2013. Did you get the memo? The Patriots are deemed favorite the win super bowl XLVII. The critics haven’t learned their lesson yet. In time, they will. After the results of the divisional match up, pundits, and critics are forced to eat Humble pie. The New England Patriots are an excellent team, and they too have a high-powered offense. Brady, is an all time great. After all, he is the winningest quarterback in the NFL-with 17 playoff wins.
The Ravens are getting hot at the right time, including the return of several key
players. Not only have the Ravens unseated Manning, but they will unseat Brady
during their journey to New Orleans. That’s going to be one kind of an epic moment for the Flacco led squad. Even though the media, critics, and so-called experts don’t want to see it happen. They will be forced to accept it. What the Ravens demonstrated at Mile High stadium, is just the beginning of things to come. Adversity pays off, and this is a team of destiny. Again, I can’t wait to see the headlines after Sunday, January 20, 2013.