NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones
The Patriots and Ravens met in Baltimore last September in what was one of the season’s most exciting games; unfortunately, Baltimore managed to escape with a narrow 31-30 in a game marred by meddling replacement officials. Fortunately, New England finished the season stronger than Baltimore did, earning the AFC’s second seed and consequently home-field advantage in tonight’s AFC Championship Game. With a win, the Patriots will be headed to New Orleans for their second straight Super Bowl appearance; a loss, on the other hand, would have Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and co. watching from home. Read on for ten keys to the most important game of New England’s season thus far.