Onto the AFC Championships!
The Ravens won the Divisional Playoff this afternoon against the Houston Texans. It was not as easy of a win as Ravens' fans would have liked, but the Texans are a tough and up-and-coming team with the second best defense in the league. The Ravens took the lead early, and the Texans inched closer and closer throughout the game; it definitely kept us on the edges of our seats! The deciding factor--as is often the case, especially during playoff games--was turnovers: The Texans had four, and we had none. The Texans played a helluva game and made us look pretty stupid at times, but we capitalized on those turnovers and ended up coming away with the win, 20-13.
Since the Patriots plastered the Broncos last night, we will play them in New England next week for the AFC Championship. Everyone's now kinda shuffling their feet and pulling faces because the Patriots have won ... how many Super Bowls in recent years? I've lost count. It's a lot. But. We've beaten the Patriots the last two times we played them. We've beaten them in a playoff game in New England before. They have the second worst regular-season defense in the NFL and we have the third best (the Texans were second best; the Steelers--whom we beat twice this year--were first), and as the old saying goes: Defense wins Super Bowls. So there is reason to hope.
After the game, my f-i-l asked, "So, do you think that was an ugly win?" Well, yeah sure, I said, but we won a Super Bowl once before with a whole season of ugly wins (going five games without a touchdown at one point); this has always been how we play, and it seems to work for us, so I'm fine with "ugly" so long as I can follow it with "win."
ETA: And now the Giants have upset the Packers, so the NFC Championship will be 49ers versus Giants. If the Ravens can pull off a win next week, that means that, no matter what, the Super Bowl match-up will be an interesting one for us. If we play the 49ers, our head coach John Harbaugh will be pitted against his brother, who is the head coach of the 49ers. If we play the Giants (Gi'nts, if you want to say it with a Balmore accent ;), then we will duplicate our 2001 Super Bowl match-up ... that we won, I might add.
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