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This Ravens defense is set to have a legendary day. That's exaggerating, but all the factors are in place.
First, as noted in the previous slide, people are questioning their ability to stop a few targets. Second, their entire team is the underdog, after a perhaps modest win against the Houston Texans compared to a convincing New England win against the Denver Broncos.
Third, this defense is one of the best in the league. Fourth, they've had success against Brady before, giving them confidence.
Finally, this could be the last chance for the cornerstones of this defense. Ed Reed may retire. Ray Lewis is getting up there. They are two wins from a Super Bowl ring. If they don't take advantage of this chance, they may never get a better opportunity.
These factors could definitely mean less than 20 points for Brady and company.
Meanwhile, the Patriots defense has been struggling all year. But they have been one of the better teams in points allowed.
Additionally, this defense just gained a lot of confidence from a dominating defensive effort against Denver. Still, many of the doubters remain, and this defense has the potential to pull off a postseason defensive turnaround similar to what the Indianapolis Colts did in 2006.
A defensive AFC Championship game would surprise many, but the pieces are in the right place for one.