Can Joe Flacco and the Ravens shoot down the Patriots? - Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Previewing Sunday's AFC Championship Game rematch between the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots
Yes, the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens have been here before. The Patriots (13-4) host the Ravens (12-6) in the AFC Championship Game today, a rematch of last season's AFC title game, won 23-20 by New England.
Game Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Odds: Patriots -10
The Patriots, of course, lost to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. Quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick will be seeking their sixth trip to the Super Bowl, three victories followed by a pair of losses to the Giants. The Patriots advanced to the title game with a 41-28 win over the Houston Texans last weekend in the Divisional round.
The Ravens will be trying to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since stomping the Giants in 2001, 34-7. Baltimore defeated Denver, 38-35, in two overtimes in last week's Divisional round.
"I think the two best teams are in the finals," says Brady. "Baltimore certainly deserves to be here and so do we, so it's very fitting. We played them early in the year. They got us. We're going to have to play our best game this week."
Out: CB Asa Jackson (thigh)
Questionable: LB Dannell Ellerbe (ankle, back), RB Vonta Leach (knee, ankle), RB Bernard Pierce (knee), WR David Reed (thigh)
Probable: RB Anthony Allen (head), WR Anquan Boldin (shoulder), CB Chykie Brown (shoulder), DT Terrence Cody (ankle), G Gino Gradkowski (head), DT Arthur Jones (thigh, knee), LB Ray Lewis (triceps), LB Albert McClellan (shoulder), DE Pernell McPhee (thigh), DT Haloti Ngata (knee), S Bernard Pollard (chest), S Ed Reed (shoulder), CB Jimmy Smith (abdomen), WR Torrey Smith (back), LB Terrell Suggs (achilles, biceps), G Marshal Yanda (shoulder)
Probable: CB Marquice Cole (finger), DE Chandler Jones (ankle), C Nick McDonald (shoulder), DE Trevor Scott (knee), RB Danny Woodhead (thumb)