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The New York Giants represent Romney’s up-and-down popularity, while the Ravens represent his dwindling chances.
The Giants needed every week of the regular season to secure the NFC East with a 9-7 record. After starting 6-2, they suffered through a brutal four-game losing streak against San Francisco, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Green Bay.
They were aided by the missteps of their division rival Dallas, much like Romney is probably aided by sharing debate stages with less popular candidates.
The Giants should pick up a Wild Card win against Atlanta, but the competition gets exponentially tougher after that.
Baltimore knows how to win in the playoffs, but the monkey is on their back to get to the Super Bowl.
In three straight playoff appearances (2008-2010), they lost in the AFC Championship to Pittsburgh, in the Divisional round to Indianapolis and last season in the Divisional round to Pittsburgh again.
With four curious losses to Tennessee, Jacksonville, Seattle and San Diego, it’s hard to call this the Ravens’ breakthrough season. But with three under-performing teams in the AFC playoffs, Baltimore could be in solid position for another conference championship appearance.