It's no surprise, after the show Tom Brady put on in the Patriots' 45-10 rout of the Denver Broncos on Saturday night, that the Patriots are favored over Baltimore. But the size of the line — New England's a touchdown favorite or better across the board, according SB Nation's odds partner OddsShark, checking in at either seven- or 7.5-points better than the Ravens — may surprise some.
The Ravens beat the Patriots, and handily, when they last met in a playoff game in the 2010 Wild Card round: Baltimore went into Gillette Stadium and thumped New England, 33-14, in that game, and Ray Rice ran for 159 yards and two touchdowns as the Ravens rolled up 234 rushing yards to make up for Joe Flacco's utterly forgettable four-for-10 performance.
But Tom Brady threw three interceptions in that game, and had Randy Moss and little else after Wes Welker got injured late in 2009. On Sunday, he'll have Welker, and the two-headed tight end monster of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez that allowed him to throw for six touchdowns against the Broncos.
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