New England Patriots vs Baltimore Ravens takes place on Championship Sunday in the NFL with both teams vying to claim the AFC Championship crown and take their place in the Super Bowl. The game is set to start at 6.30 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
The Patriots overcame the Ravens in last season's conference title match, and the two teams also played out a tight game in Week 3 of the regular season. In that game the Ravens came through the nail-biter 31-30 after Joe Flacco and Torrey Smith took apart the Patriot's secondary, taking them for two touchdowns. Those two connected six times for 127 yards, and showed that the Patriots do have their weaknesses, especially at the back end.
In that previous game Ray Rice also enjoyed a stand out day, totaling 150 total yards from scrimmage, including 101 rush yards from 20 attempts.
If the Patriots are unable to close down those key players today they could be in trouble again. However, they will know what is at stake in this game and they will be ready to go in front of their home crowd today.
New England ranked 7th in the NFL for rush offense through the regular season, averaging 136.5 yards on 32.7 attempts. They will look to utilize their rush offense today and use it to control the tempo of the game, while at the same time opening up some big play chances through the air.
The Ravens have a blitz-heavy defense and if the Patriots can utilize a good running game it should help to ease some of the pressure on Tom Brady in the pocket. However, the Patriots have lost the league's top tight end in Rob Gronkowski with a broken arm, and that leaves them a little short-handed for today's game. It is likely Brady will repeatedly hit the Ravens defense on the rush and look to occasionally find the gaps for some big plays to unleash some deeper passes and break things open.
The Ravens claimed a fantastic win against the Denver Broncos last week, winning through 38-35. In that game Justin Tucker kicked a 47 yard field goal 1:42 into the second overtime to claim the victory.
Overtime was forced when the Ravens pulled out a 70 yard touchdown pass from Flacco to Jacoby Jones with just 31 seconds left on the clock for regulation time.
Given how close the game was between the Patriots and Ravens in Week 3, fans can expect a similarly close and nail-biting affair today.
Patriots vs Ravens will start at 6.30 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.
Here is a video preview of today's game between the Ravens and Patriots: