AFC Championship Game: Tom Brady Is Michael Corleane, Joe Flacco Is Fredo

If it's all about the quarterbacks when the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots meet in the 2012 AFC Championship this Sunday, then former Patriot Tedy Bruschi has the analogy of the week so far.

Bruschi broke down the two quarterbacks in an ESPN conference call Thursday in a way that's easy for everyone to understand. With the usage of Godfather references:

"Joe Flacco, he wants his respect, he hasn't gotten it, and he's going to get his opportunity against New England because there's going to be multiple lead changes. He may have to bring his team back in the fourth quarter. You want it, you've got it, Joe Flacco; here's opportunity right now, because right now Tom Brady is Michael Corleone and Joe Flacco is Fredo. That's who [Flacco] is. He's Fredo. He wants his respect. Well, if you want your respect, you're going to have to be that quarterback that plays well, not better than Brady, but leads your team to victory. So you want it, you've got it."

Insert requisite "I knew it was you" moment when Brady and Flacco meet at midfield following the game.

For updates and analysis on these teams leading up to the 2012 AFC Championship, visit Ravens blog Baltimore Beat Down, Patriots blog Pats Pulpit and SB Nation Boston. Don't forget to check out SB Nation's NFL hub for all your playoff news.

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