In order for the Baltimore Ravens to be successful they must do three things.
Joe Flacco Must Have a Career Day
Since Joe Flacco's rookie season of 2008, he has led the Ravens to the playoffs each year, and secured a win in each trip. Many of his critics have stated that the Ravens have won these games despite Flacco's play. With the exception of the 2010 wild card game against the Kansas City Chiefs where he threw for 265 yards, he has yet to throw for over 189 passing yards. It is very important for Flacco to take advantage of the Patriots 31st ranked defense early. Last week, his two touchdown passes matched his career high. The last time Flacco faced the Patriots in the playoffs, his Ravens won 33-14, but he was 4 for 10 with 34 yards and an interception. After listening to the criticism from the media all week including his teammate Ed Reed, one better believe that Flacco is playing with a chip on his shoulder and Sunday he will have the game of his life.
Ray Rice Must Get his Carries
Ravens Defense Must Contain Tom Brady
Dedicated to my Uncle Michael Carroll Sr. (1961-2012)