The Definition of the AFC Championship Game? Sleepy.
Well…at least it was a ‘sleepy’ first half.
Both teams knew going into it that the winner would be facing a rookie QB in the Super Bowl. Whether or not that had both the Ravens and the Patriots beyond excited, who knows? But, in the end, it was Baltimore that won the honor of dealing with one of the youngest and best teams in the NFL as they head to “The Big Easy” in an attempt to stop another 49ers dynasty from beginning.
Tom Brady looked calm, cool and collected in the first quarter. Well, actually he looked bored. His receivers seemed to be dropping everything he sent their way. In the second quarter, being ahead 3-0, Brady then had to sit on the sidelines (a location he would be in a great deal), and watch Baltimore run in for a TD. I’m quite sure that the ‘golden boy’ began to wonder if the ‘home teams’ in these championships were destined to fail. …He was right.
If you had to give reviews out for the Championship games that were played yesterday, the excitement meter has to go to the NFC. Whether it was the fact that the Atlanta Falcons stadium is just the loudest, most adrenaline-filled stadium on the planet; or it was a tattooed rookie who came in to take on the ‘big boys’ and ended up winning a ticket to the Super Bowl – it really doesn’t matter. Because when the NFC was placed next to the AFC Championship, the AFC was more a snooze fest than anything else.
The Ravens (on close-up shots, anyway) seemed to be far more into yelling obscenities at their rivals than actually playing. (Yes, you can read their lips.) And Ray Lewis, as well as a few of his mighty cohorts, made sure to rack up the personal fouls. Brady, well…he basically just kept his hands warm and stayed so quiet that he looked like he was watching ‘Twilight’ play out in his mind. (Yes, no offense gang, the movie WAS that boring).
0-3; 7-10; 7-13 – it was a slow build up to say the least. The only real fun was catching a glimpse of the people dressed-up like patriots on the sidelines brandishing their historical rifles. Kind of took you back to another time. Hmm…maybe that’s where Brady was. Every time the camera went to Coach Belichik, he was basically just standing wrapped up in his gray sweatshirt with hood, making little scribbly notes on the paper in his hand. Perhaps the cold air got to him too?
Apparently, there was some warm cocoa being given out in the Patriots’ locker room at halftime…but only to the defense. When that side of the ball came back out they made sure to let the Ravens know that they were there, they were awake and they were going to stop them! And…they did. Unfortunately, every time they did their job, ‘sleepy’ Brady would then come back out on the field and be ‘three and out,’ as his receivers continued to miss catches left and right. The refs seemed to be the only ones throwing consistently, as yellow flags came from everywhere Brady – in his first five trips into the Ravens twenty-five yard line came out with nothing but one touchdown.
Is this a surprise? Yes. Sorry Baltimore fans, but this IS actually quite a shock. What everyone originally thought was going to be an AFC Championship Game of Brady versus Manning – when fans and non-fans alike truly believed that no one was going to stop the Broncos from facing the Patriots for the title – turned into a simple game that the majority of NFL watchers on Sunday morning believed was already in Brady’s back pocket. Now…following all the ‘odd’ occurrences that happened in the NFL this season, it will be the Ravens versus the Niners in the “Big Easy” Gotta feel a little bad for San Fran considering that just when they ‘shot’ one bird from the sky…they get stuck with another one.
The coolest thing? Coach Harbaugh versus brother Coach Harbaugh. THIS should be one ‘family feud’ that will most definitely be worth watching!
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Until Next Time, Everybody,