Conference Championship Sunday
The New England Patriots will have to try and win their fourth Super Bowl under head coach Bill Belichick in a 2012 AFC Championship rematch against the Baltimore Ravens, but they’ll be missing a significant piece this time around. The Pats averaged 35 points and 433 yards per game in 11 games with All-Pro TE Rob Gronkowski this season versus 34 points and 417 yards per in five games without him. Only once in the 42 previous seasons since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 has a conference championship matchup and site been the same in back-to-back years (Houston at Pittsburgh, 1978, 1979.)
The Baltimore Ravens are looking to advance to their first Super Bowl since 2001, Ray Lewis‘ fifth season in the NFL. It could be the last time we see Lewis on an NFL field after he announced he would retire this offseason, but after scoring a miracle win on Saturday vs. the Denver Broncos, he may be destined to ride out into the sunset as a champion.
PATRIOTS INJURY REPORT
RAVENS INJURY REPORT
OUT: CB Asa Jackson (thigh).
PROBABLE: RB Anthony Allen (head), WR Anquan Boldin (shoulder), CB Chykie Brown (shoulder), DT Terrance Cody (ankle), G Gino Gradkowski (head), DT Arthur Jones (thigh/knee), LB Ray Lewis (triceps), LB Albert McClellan (shoulder), DE Pernell McPhee (thigh), DT Haloti Ngata (knee), S Bernard Pollard (chest), S Ed Reed (shoulder), CB Jimmy Smith (abdominal), WR Torrey Smith (back), LB Terrell Suggs (Achilles/biceps) G Marshal Yanda (shoulder).