Countdown to KickoffJanuary 20th, 2013 at 6:23 pm by Shaun Towne under Patriots
The sun is going down, temperatures are falling, and the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens have taken the field for warm-ups here at Gillette Stadium. Out in the parking lot, fans of both teams could be seen getting riled up for this AFC Championship rematch. (Click here for Photo Gallery) Based on the recent history between these two teams, it’s sure to be a fierce battle up until the very last second. Young stars on both sides of the ball will be out to prove they belong in such an elite game, while seasoned veterans like Tom Brady and Ray Lewis will be fighting to continue their success and lead their team to the big dance in New Orleans.
Tensions are already running extremely high on the field as the teams prepare for battle. Ray Lewis just rallied the Ravens with one of his patented and powerful pregame speeches, potentially the last of his storied career. One notable matchup on the field tonight is that of Baltimore DE Arthur Jones and his younger brother, Patriots rookie DE Chandler Jones. It’ll be the second time this season that the two brothers have been on opposite sides of the field, after the Ravens edged the Patriots back in week 3 by a score of 31-30. Expect big games out of both siblings as they strive to prove who’s the best in the family.
Be sure to check back in throughout the game for updates and analysis straight from the source. Speaking of updates, the 49ers just secured a trip to the Super Bowl by defeating the Falcons, 28-24, in a very hard-fought game. San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh has punched his ticket to New Orleans, meaning the championship could turn into a family affair if the Ravens and their head coach, big brother John Harbaugh, bring their A-game against the Pats.