Originally posted on Patriots Extra  |  Last updated 1/11/13
Who will you be rooting for on Saturday?  Baltimore or Denver? Raj:  I got a lot of criticism for fellow Patriots fans on twitter for my decision to root for the Ravens last Sunday and that isn't changing. One reason is because Ray Rice carried Rutgers to glory and I am a Jersey guy. Pride apart, I also rooted for the Ravens because let's be honest, who is a much tougher adversary for the opponent? Baltimore by far has the best chance to knock Peyton Manning off his horse (no pun intended). Indianapolis wouldn't have come close and I am not one bit keen on watching a Manning/Brady AFC Championship game. By now the Pats know this Ravens team very well but the Broncos are mysterious. Some Patriots fans want a Manning/Brady matchup. Me? I just want to be a little more confident that I can see our team in Super Bowl XLVII. Stephen:  As much as I hate to say it, I'm rooting for the Broncos to come out on top. Baltimore is a good team, and one that would be deserving of a shot at the AFC Championship, but I want to see Brady vs. Manning for a trip to the Super Bowl. Baltimore would probably be the easier matchup for the Pats simply because of the QB factor, but to be the best you have to beat the best, and I'd love to see the Pats end Manning's MVP-caliber season in the playoffs. Jason:  So we either face the second-best quarterback of our generation on the road, or we get to murder Ray Lewis's career in Foxboro? Sign me up for a game against the Ravens. Derek:  Brady vs. Manning for a trip to Super Bowl XLVII would be an epic battle and something I'd love to see.  However, the travel involved for the Patriots will swing me towards rooting for the Ravens.  I've simply had too many sleepless nights after bad losses in Denver to want the Patriots to travel there in the post-season.  If either team would be traveling to Foxboro, then you could talk me into rooting for Denver, but since that's not the case, I have to back the Ravens.  Plus, as good as the Brady/Manning rivalry is, the Patriots/Ravens rivalry has been equally as good the past three years.  I would love to see the Pats avenge that Week 3 Sunday Night debacle as they stamp their tickets to New Orleans.
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