The Baltimore Ravens will hit the road to battle the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Playoff game from NFL pro football on Sunday night. Kick off time from New England is scheduled for 6:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by CBS.
The betting odds from this AFC Championship game had the home squad New England Patriots opening up as a -9 point favorite with an over under line of 51 points. The early money from the bettors has landed on the side of the home team as New England has been bet to a -9 ½ point favorite. The over under line has moved up a ½ point to a current total of 51 ½ points.
This is a rematch last year’s AFC Championship Game where New England prevails 23-20 as a -7 point favorite. The game went under 50 points. Baltimore gives away the game with a dropped game winning touchdown as well as a missed chip shot field goal that would have forced overtime. They did meet during the regulars season way back in week three as the Ravens earn the 31-30 home win as a -2 ½ point favorite. The game ended over 48 ½ points. The Patriots blows a 13-0 lead after one period in the loss. It came down to a game winning 27 yard field goal by Justin Tucker as time expired to give Baltimore the home win. NFL Trend: Baltimore Ravens are 3-0 ATS in their past three playoff games.
The Ravens advance to the AFC title game off a double overtime 38-35 road win on Saturday to the Denver Broncos as a +9 ½ point underdog. The game ended over the total of 44 points. Reminiscent of the 1975 divisional playoff between the Cowboys and Vikings where Roger Staubach’s 50 yard miracle pass in a Divisional playoff game it was Joe Flacco mimicking the great Rodger Staubach with a 70 yard touchdown pass to Jacoby Jones to force the overtime period with 31 seconds remaining. Baltimore moved the football against a very good defense as the Raven tally up 479 yards. Joe Flacco brought his A game as he throws for 331 yards and three touchdowns. It was a big game for Ray Rice with 131yards and a touchdown. The Baltimore defense holds Denver to two scoreless possessions in overtime. The winning drive is set up by a Manning intercepted pass as Justin Tucker is good from 47 yards in the win.
The Patriots advance to the AFC Championship game as they defeat the Houston Texans last week 41-28 as a -9 ½ point betting favorite. The game went over 50 ½ points. New England adjusts far superior in the second half as a half time 17-13 lead becomes 38-13 after 17 minutes of play. New England moved the football very well as they gain 457 yards in the win. Tom Brady threw for 344 yards with three touchdowns. The Patriots inside outside run game of Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen combined for 123 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. Tom Brady had good time in the pocket to find receivers.