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At we have lots of opinions and we all get ready for big games in different ways. For some of us, we believe we can size up any upcoming contest best by looking at common opponents especially focusing on two specific outcomes, third and long (seven or more yards) conversions and three and outs.

In that light, how does our upcoming Superbowl 47 shape up?

The Ravens and 49ers faced two common opponents, last year’s Superbowl contestants, the Patriots and the Giants.

Following a loss in Philadelphia, the Ravens hosted New England in week three.  Both teams were 1-1. The Patriots took a nine point lead with just under six minutes to go.  After Torrey Smith caught his second touchdown with three and a half minutes to go, the Ravens defense denied the Patriots on third and long near midfield just before the two minute warning.  Flaco’s two minute drill took the Ravens to the New England nine where they won the game on a short field goal with two seconds left.

In the end, Baltimore’s defense allowed Tom Brady over 350 yards passing but only one touchdown. Almost half of those yards went to Wes Welker who caught eight passes for 144 yards. For the Ravens, Ray Rice carried 20 times for 101 yards and one TD while Torrey Smith caught 6 for 127 and 2 TDs.

The Ravens suffered two 3 & outs, both in the first quarter, while the Patriots had none. On the other hand, the Patriots were only 1 for 8 converting 3rd & long. Futher, the Ravens faced 3rd & long only three times and, of those, converted one.

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