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The Ravens may appear old, but are actually a young football team. Very few players on the roster have experienced a Super Bowl. As the countdown begins, the coaches will be looking for anything thing they can to give them an edge on Sunday. And experience happens to be one of them.
There’s no doubt that Joe Flacco has taken the sports world by storm with his exceptional passes. But this is the same Joe Flacco we’ve seen all season. The difference lies in the offensive line.
Baltimore has a week to prepare for the Super Bowl. With the extra bye week made available to both teams, the Ravens will use this time to get players healthy. Haloti Ngata and Dannell Ellerbe are just some of the players who will use this time to heal old wounds.
The Ravens are a victory away from the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The Ravens haven’t felt the gratification of that feat in over 13 years. Back then, a team didn’t need a quarterback to win a championship. A strong running game and a great defense is all you needed. That’s exactly what Baltimore had.
The Ravens will play against a dynamic quarterback in Colin Kaepernick. He has the ability to beat you with his legs and his arm. If the Ravens want to walk away from New Orleans as Super Bowl Champions, they’ll need to contain him and a plethora of other weapons on the 49ers squad.
The Ravens have been the underdogs since the postseason started. No one outside the city of Baltimore predicted the Ravens to make it to the Super Bowl. Now that they’ve arrived, they will once again be the underdogs, but if this season is any indication, Baltimore has a great chance in pulling the upset.
There would be no last second field goal attempts needed. No catches in the corner of the end-zone necessary. The Ravens went into Foxborough and took the AFC Championship. Baltimore needed a complete performance from both their offense and defense to get the job done, and they got just that.
The Ravens have been in this stage before. A year ago, Baltimore was 30 seconds away from a Super Bowl berth. But it wasn’t meant to be. The dropped pass and the missed kick remain in the hearts of even the most fair-weather Ravens fans. But the Ravens have another opportunity presented to them. And they plan to make the most of it.
The Baltimore Ravens are set to travel to New England to battle the Patriots. The Ravens will enter the game close to full strength. But they have key players that will enter the contest slightly banged up.
The Ravens will face a future Hall of Famer for the second week in a row. And for the second week in a row, they’ll do so on the road. If Baltimore wants to earn a trip to the Super Bowl, they’ll need to slow down a Patriots offense that can put points on the board in bunches.
The Ravens have been in this situation before: Championship Sunday against the Patriots. Baltimore has a chance to defeat a bitter rival and get one step closer to hoisting the Lombardi trophy. To accomplish this feat, they’ll need Flacco to play exceptionally well. But if history is any indication, the Ravens won’t have to worry about that.
The Ravens are back in the AFC Championship game for the second straight season. They’ve already defeated the Patriots once this year, and they’re looking to shock the world once again. But if they think the tasks get any easier, they’ll be sadly mistaken. They’ll have to play flawless once again to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. And it starts with stopping Tom Brady.