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Piggybacking off the key of stopping Vince Wilfork, Baltimore must frequently get the ball to Ray Rice.
With the quickness in which Tom Brady's offense operates and can score, the Ravens will be tempted to air it out often, but Rice is the franchise cornerstone who can keep Brady off the field and consistently pick up first downs.
Now, there are a plethora of statistics that state if the Ravens run Ray Rice, they'll win.
Those statistics are slightly skewed, because it's obviously easier to run more often with a lead; but regardless of the situation, Baltimore has to get the ball in Rice's hands.
The Patriots have a fine linebacker corps, however, Rice is extremely dangerous out of the backfield and is a deceptively threatening yards-after-contact guy.
No, he won't gash a strong New England run defense for five or six yards on every run, but like he did last week against the Broncos, Rice and Baltimore's offensive line needs to continue to lean on the opposing run defense so, in crunch time, it will yield a few big gainers.