Whenever there is a rematch of the last two AFC title games this late in the season with possible playoff seeding implications on the line, chances are it’s going to be one helluva game.
The Ravens had a big letdown in the offseason when their emotional leader Ray Lewis decided to retire and long-time safety Ed Reed opted for free agency. With those losses, the pressure to return to the Promised Land falls to QB Joe Flacco. Following an outstanding playoff run, during which he threw 11 touchdown passes with no interceptions, the Super Bov/I XLV1I MVP inked a lengthy megabucks deal to stay with Baltimore. Flacco will be out to prove the six-year, $120-million contract was worth every penny. With question marks persisting in New England’s secondary. “Joe Cool” might do just that.