AFC Championship Game 2012: Why This Game Will Be Better Than the Super Bowl

Jon Dove@!/Jon_Dove42Contributor IJanuary 22, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts after he threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski #87 in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Today's championship games feature far better matchups than any we could potentially see in the Super Bowl.

The AFC championship game boasts two teams with a lot of star power and very different styles of play.

Tom Brady and the explosive New England Patriots offense takes on Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens aggressive defense, you can't ask for a better matchup.

If the Ravens are able to knock off the Patriots today, the Super Bowl will lack a truly great offensive star.

Tom Brady is the top quarterback remaining in these playoffs by a wide margin. Eli Manning has been playing excellent football but he still isn't at the level of Tom Brady.

Defensive play is an important part of the game and fun to watch. However, most fans would be disappointed to see Super Bowl that lacks any explosive plays.

A game featuring the Baltimore Ravens versus either the New York Giants or San Francisco 49ers would be more about defense than offense.

The least exciting the potential Super Bowl matchup would be the Baltimore Ravens versus the San Francisco 49ers.

Their week 12 matchup featured only one touchdown and just over 400 combined offensive yards.

This game would be a defensive struggle with the a lot of three-and-outs and field goals.

These type the games are difficult for the average fans watch, and is likely the last thing the NFL wants to see.

Today's AFC championship game is a win-win situation, as it offers both good defense and explosive offensive play. Both teams boast star power and bring a bit of a playoff rivalry.

We have an opportunity to see one of the NFL's top defenses attempt to shut down Tom Brady and arguably the top offensive team.

On the other side of the ball, there is potential for some explosive plays.

The Patriots defense gives up a ton of yards, especially in the passing game.

Baltimore isn't known for their ability to score ton of points, but they do have some explosive players.

Overall, the AFC championship game offers much more intrigue than any potential Super Bowl matchup.