A resilient New England team did what was necessary to beat Baltimore.
The Ravens won’t return to the AFC Championship game but it wasn’t for lack of trying. The Patriots and Ravens put together one of the most exhilarating playoff games in recent memory.
Tom Brady who treats deficits as distractions dug the Patriots out of two 14-point holes — the first team to do that in NFL playoff history — to reach the AFC championship game for the fourth straight year with a 35-31 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday.
Governor-elect Larry Hogan and Governor Charlie Baker, who was just sworn in as the 72nd governor of Massachusetts last Thursday, challenged each other to a playoff-game wager Saturday.
Due to a successful wager on Saturday’s game, Boston Beer Company/Samuel Adams founder Jim Koch will receive a case of Heavy Seas’ new CrossBones IPA from founder Hugh Sisson, who lost the bet.
Watch out, though. Here come the road-tested Baltimore Ravens for a divisional game Saturday.
The Ravens need as many players as possible attacking Tom Brady in the divisional round of the postseason. Baltimore may have got one more to do just that with the return of Timmy Jernigan.
Drawing on the knowledge he gained over 35 years as a football coach, Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees showed his creativity and expertise this season in putting together a unit that sustained its hard-hitting reputation despite several key injuries and the suspension of Haloti Ngata.
Ravens fans are showing their pride around town after getting their cars “Ravenized” outside M&T Bank Stadium Wednesday morning.
The Ravens are a game away from the AFC Championship. Standing in their way are the New England Patriots. The Ravens have had success against them in the past, but both teams have changed a great deal since then.