Yesterday, the Baltimore Ravens beat the Oakland Raiders 21 - 13 to clinch the 6th seed in the NFL Playoffs for the second year running. I was able to watch the game via an amazing web stream. I don't know what I would have done if I didn't get to watch it. Big game. Everything on the line and finally, the Ravens got the job done when it needed to be done.
Willis McGahee lead the way with 3 rushing TDs. This is good for the Ravens because not only did it give Ray Rice a little bit of a breather by not being in for as many plays but it also means that the teams we face in the playoffs will have to give extra time to prepare for the damage that McGahee can do.
No homefield games for the entire playoffs, no matter what happens. Last year we got to the AFC Championship with a better defense but weaker offense. We face the New England Patriots this Sunday. We faced them earlier this season, in week 4. We lost 21 - 27 in a game we were so close to winning. Mark Clayton tried to run with the ball before he'd fully caught it and caused a turnover on 4th down very late in the game as Baltimore were driving down the field to try and win the game.
That was against a healthy Patriot team. They aren't healthy anymore. Wes Welker is going to be out for the entire playoffs. He is the underneath presence on that team and probably allows our secondary to double cover Randy Moss an awful lot more than we could have if Welker was active. Tom Brady is also banged up which is great for us.
We've got injuries too but we've also got Suggs, Reed and Gaither back at the right time. I think that the Ravens can win. Penalties will have to be kept to a minimum. Penalties that give automatic first downs with be the end of Baltimore if aren't few and far between.
I'm looking forward to watching as much of the playoffs as a I can. I'm starting to get excited for Superbowl 43 in the Woolshed with the boys and hopefully the Ravens will be playing in it.