The Ravens will leave Foxboro, Massachusetts with an AFC Conference Championship trophy and a weeping, highly-respected leader, Ray Lewis.
The teary-eyed leader has a chance to now retire from the game with a Super Bowl ring, the same way John Elway, Jerome Bettis, and Michael Strahan did after their illustrious careers.
“Give the Ravens credit, they’re a good football team. They just outplayed us…and that’s pretty much the story,” coach Bill Belichick said in dismay in the extremely uncomfortable and silent post-game conference.
The Patriots lost their best cornerback, Aquib Talib to a leg injury early in the game which might have opened up some opportunities for Anquan Boldin to take on the third best cornerback on the New England depth chart. Stevan Ridley lost a fumble and suffered a head injury after colliding with safety Bernard Pierce. He didn’t return, but no running game was established by that point anyway. To make matters worse, without their best weapon TE Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots adjusted as much as they could and squeezed out the best football from their repertoire–but fell short of a much-needed victory.
The fantasy-flop Anquan Boldin and Joe Flacco look like they finally found their chemistry. They hooked up for a pair of touchdowns and it appears to me that the fans from Baltimore, Maryland has found the solace that they’ve been seeking this whole season.
“It’s all for him, we’re doing this for Ray Lewis,” said a happy Ray Rice after the game.