Ravens vs. Patriots: Biggest X-Factors in AFC Title Game

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Ravens vs. Patriots: Biggest X-Factors in AFC Title Game
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Joe Flacco must shake off Ed Reed's comments, and Rob Gronkowski is the unstoppable giant. The AFC Championship will be decided by the team that can succeed in executing their game plan and stopping the other team's X-factors.

The New England Patriots host the Baltimore Ravens this afternoon to decide who will be representing the AFC in Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.

The Patriots will be vying for the chance to win their fourth Super Bowl in a decade. Baltimore will be looking to win their second ring in franchise history in the same city that roots for the team that left Maryland in the dark of night.

Baltimore beat New England two years ago on the road and will be looking to accomplish the same feat. The Patriots are out for a bit of retribution from that very loss in 2010.

There will be plenty of storylines and things to watch in this afternoon's game, but there's more to the AFC Championship than simply New England's offense versus Baltimore's defense.

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