For the fifth time in the past six seasons, at least one team from the AFC North will be in the AFC Championship. In that same span, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been to the Super Bowl twice, while the Baltimore Ravens made the postseason every year in that span, and on Sunday, they will play in their third AFC title game in that same span.
No division in football has been as dominant over that span, and it only reminds Bengals fans of how hard it is just to win 10 games and make it into the postseason. With the Steelers having fallen off significantly this year, coupled with a number of aging veterans and key free agents, it will be up to the Bengals and Ravens to step up and continue the North’s dominance.
If the Ravens are able to go into New England on Sunday and overcome the mighty Patriots, they’ll be in the Super Bowl for the first time since 2001, which was Ray Lewis fifth full season in the NFL. Now he’s at year 17 and set to retire, and the Ravens are doing everything they can to make sure he retires a champion.