Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/18/12
The New England Patriots host their first AFC Championship game since 2005 Sunday when they take on the upset-minded Baltimore Ravens. The Tom Brady-led Patriot offense averaged 32.1 points during the regular season, and looked like they were playing a FCS team last week when they pounded the Denver Broncos, 45-10. The Ravens handled business Sunday defeating the Houston Texans in Baltimore 20-13. Fans and coaches did not like the way the Ravens played against Houston, allowing Arian Foster to blow up for 134 yards, but they did advance. If the Patriots want to reach their first Super Bowl since 2007, here are three keys to send the Pats to Indianapolis:  Continue to run the offense through Rob Gronkowski. The “tight end” has been a match up nightmare for teams all season long, and the playoffs started off no different. Against Denver, Gronkowski had 10 catches for 145 yards and three touchdowns. During the regular season, Gronkowski set a tight end record with 17 touchdowns an...
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