AFC Championship Game, Patriots The Pick To Beat Ravens

The New England Patriots are gearing up to host the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday. And if the predictions everyone are making turn out to be true, it's going to be a great day for the home team.

Over at ESPN.com, seven of the eight experts pick the Patriots to top the Ravens. Only Seth Wickerhsam thinks the Ravens will win.

All five of the CBSSports.com experts are picking the Patriots as well.

Over at The Sporting News, they think the Pats will nip Baltimore 24-23.

No offense to Flacco, but Brady looks like a man on a mission. He played brilliantly against the Broncos with six touchdown passes. And he will get his team a step closer to accomplishing it.

And Peter King just can't see a scenario where the Patriots and Tom Brady lose this game:

Maybe they've found the fountain of youth. Maybe Bill Belichick knew all along these guys would be ready when the games really mattered. Whatever. I can't see Ray Rice breaking loose and winning this game for Baltimore. I can see Tom Brady making more than enough plays to win.

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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