Score Prediction: Ravens at Patriots

Derek Havens
January 22, 2012 at 01:45pm ET

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The Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots showdown at Gillette Stadium in the highly anticipated AFC Championship match up. Even though the Pats struggled against the Ravens in their last playoff contest, I believe they can get the win this week.

The Ravens will probably keep it close early, but the Patriots should make their move in the second and into the third quarter. The Ravens are an emotional team and I believe in this game - more than any - New England has to establish momentum early.

Baltimore has a great defense, but I believe this game could get out of hand for the Ravens if they cannot get pressure on Tom Brady. The Patriots offense has been incredible this year and I cannot envision them not scoring 30 points in any game. I believe last week's momentum carries over and the Patriots return to the Super Bowl.

My prediction for the game is Patriots 34, Ravens 23.

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