After beginning the season on a tear, the New York Giants put to rest the notion of a "Super Bowl hangover." Eli Manning was routinely shredding defenses, and by Week 8 the Giants were sitting at 6-2, well in command of a surprisingly soft NFC East.
The defending Super Bowl champs had a signature win in San Francisco, reminding the 49ers exactly who the big dog was in the NFC. All systems were go, and the Giants looked every bit the reigning world champions.
The Baltimore Ravens followed a similar path to start their season, and after eight games, boasted an equally impressive 6-2 mark. Both clubs were fully in command of their respective divisions and completely controlled their playoff possibilities with half the season left to play.
With the AFC North (and the NFC East) still up for grabs, both teams enter Sunday with a ton to play for. Both are coming off of embarrassing beatdowns from other playoff teams and will be looking to rebound with a quality win.
Baltimore finds itself in uncharted territory after losing their last three in a row. The Ravens suffered consecutive home defeats for the first time since 2007 and will look to recapture some momentum as they head into the playoffs.
Here are 10 keys to their success this weekend.