The New England Patriots were the best team in the AFC in 2011, as they proved by winning 13 games. They will probably defeat the Denver Broncos Saturday night and they would have probably defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers had those teams got together instead.
The most likely scenario for the Baltimore Ravens was that they would need to make a trip to Gillette Stadium this postseason if they were going to get to the Super Bowl.
That hasn’t changed one bit despite our excitement over Pittsburgh’s elimination. If the Ravens are ultimately going to find themselves in Indianapolis, they will probably have to make an earlier stop in Foxborough.
But they have their own game to worry about before that even comes into play. Make no mistake, the visit from the Texans Sunday is a game the Ravens SHOULD win. It of course doesn’t guarantee that they WILL win.
Say the same for the Pats Saturday night.
And since we’re here, let me echo the sentiments of Drew and Luke Jones Monday on “The Morning Reaction.” What happened to the Steelers Sunday very well could have happened to the Ravens had they not defeated the Cincinnati Bengals a week earlier to clinch the AFC North.
I’ve heard some say the 8-8 Broncos proved they deserved a home playoff game by winning Sunday. I still don’t agree with that. In fact, I think the Broncos’ win proves how ridiculous it is that an eight win team can host a playoff game. Home field advantage is FAR too important in this league, as was evident Sunday.
Of course, none of that matters now.
It was a LOT of fun to watch the Steelers lose, but it hasn’t changed a thing for the Ravens’ hopes of reaching Super Bowl XLVI. They need to beat the Texans Sunday, then they’ll probably need to head to New England for a showdown with Tom Brady and company.
And if they manage to win their next two games, I assure you it won’t mean ANY less that the Steelers didn’t come to town this postseason.
In fact, I guarantee it.
Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…