Jan 20, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) slides to avoid a hit from Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed (20) during the second quarter of the AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens AFC Championship Rematch Flexed To 4:25 ET

Jan 20, 2013; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; Baltimore Ravens defensive end Pernell McPhee (90) attempts to knock down the pass from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens were set to have their week 16 rematch of last years’ AFC Championship game nationally televised on NBC, before it was decided today that the Bears and Eagles contest was a better prime time matchup. I honestly don’t see why the Patriots and Ravens wasn’t good enough to be played in prime time, given that these two teams have delivered some thrilling contests over the years.

Back in 2010, they battled to a 20-20 tie at the end of regulation, before a 35 yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal propelled New England to victory. One year later, with a birth in the Super Bowl on the line, a Billy Cundiff missed field goal at the end of the fourth quarter gave the Pats another win, despite quarterback Tom Brady posting one of the worst playoff performances of his career. However the Ravens would get their revenge, winning both meetings in 2012, the first coming from a Justin Tucker game winning field goal in week three, and the second resulted in Baltimore winning the AFC, and two weeks later, beating out the San Francisco 49ers for the Super Bowl championship.

Not only will this game probably end up being a nail-biter, but it is a crucial tilt for the AFC playoff picture, as the Pats are still chasing the number one seed, while the Ravens are fighting to squeak into the playoffs as a wild-card team. Nevertheless, the game will still be played, and you probably don’t want to miss it.


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