In the upcoming Wild Card weekend, the Baltimore Ravens face off with the New England Patriots. This is going to be a great matchup, as the Ravens hard hitting defense goes up against a high powered Patriots offense. The Ravens look to get a little bit of redemption back from the last time they played, which was during the regular season. Last time they played it was a close game all the way down to the final seconds of the game. So look for this game to be a low scoring game, that is going to come down to, which team can out fight the other.
All season long the Ravens have had their ups and downs, but have seemed to still have some will power to get themselves into the playoffs for the second year in a row. The Ravens have showed that they can dominate a game on both defense and offense, but at times have showed that they can get the same treatment handed to them. With the Ravens you do not know what kind of game they could bring Sunday. If the Ravens play like they are capable of and have showed in the past, than they should be in good shape of getting a win and advancing to the second round of the playoffs.
In this game the Ravens need to try to get in charge of the game early, to keep the Patriots off balance and to keep the momentum on their side. The Ravens have struggled in the first half of games this season, they cannot afford to do this in this game or they are going to be in trouble and will get sent home very early in this year’s playoffs. The Ravens have showed that they are a way better second half team, as they are one of the top scoring teams, when it comes to the second half of games. The Ravens need to play strong the entire game, to be able to keep the Patriots in check, and get a win on the road.
The Ravens have played very good in road playoff games, as last year they won two road playoff games before they lost on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and have a great record all-time in road playoff games. So this should not be a hard task for the Ravens, as they have been in this situation many of times.
Heading into this game the Ravens try to put last year’s playoff run behind them, and start fresh.
The playoffs are a new season, every team starts at 0-0. The two big difference’s with the playoffs than the regular season. One it’s no second chances to rebound from a loss, you lose once you are going home. Two is it means more and it less room for error. Both the Ravens and Patriots are going to put it all on the line, because they know deep down inside how much this game means to them, their city, and their fans.
Some other key parts for the Ravens in this game, is the offense is way better than it has been in years and the running game is still a top part of the Ravens offensive game. The Ravens running game has been very productive this season. With Ray Rice carrying most of the load, he has had a great regular season, so look for Rice to carry his success into the playoffs. Willis McGahee has been the Ravens touchdown maker, he had one of his best games last week, as he ran for 3 touchdowns to help the Ravens get a win and to make the playoffs. Finally Le’ron McClain has made some key third down conversions to keep the Ravens in a rhythm in the offensive game.
This is going to be a great game all around; both teams are going to be ready to fight for their playoff lives this Sunday.