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The Ravens upset the Broncos in Denver and squashed the Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning matchup everyone penciled into their playoff bracket.
Just as we all expected, right?
Joe Flacco showed great maturity and has received tremendous play from pass-catchers Torrey Smith, Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta in the playoffs.
Baltimore did beat the Patriots in controversial fashion early in the season, and its win in the Mile High City will provide plenty of momentum heading into what should be a compelling rematch of last year's AFC championship game.
However, I can't envision Baltimore pulling off another upset win against another future Hall of Fame quarterback in his house.
Tom Brady has too many weapons, the running game is sound and the defense is under-appreciated.
Flacco will make plays against New England's secondary, though.
Patriots 30, Ravens 24