Super Bowl in Si...By Jordan Raanan, XFINITY Sports Know what would have been bold? Picking the Ravens to reach the AFC Championship. Maybe next year. Am I bold enough to pick the Ravens to reach the Super Bowl this year? See for yourself. (AP Photos) Jordan Raanan has covered the NFL since 2005. Follow him on Twitter @JordanRaanan, on Facebook or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Joe Flacco Has A...It's been a good little run here for the Ravens quarterback. Flacco has thrown five touchdown passes and no interceptions in two playoff wins. Nothing changes Sunday against New England in the AFC Championship game. Flacco played well in last year's AFC Championship against the Patriots. He'll do it again this year. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Rob Ninkovich Ma...The Patriots linebacker had eight sacks and five forced fumbles in the regular season. He has an interception already in the playoffs. Bill Belichick just knows how to use this guy. Ninkovich is one of New England's top playmakers. That is again the case on Sunday in the AFC Championship game. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Ray Lewis Interc...The Ravens star has shown the last two weeks he can still contribute. Brady gets to see for himself. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Patriots Escape ...For the second straight year, the Ravens lose a heartbreaker to the Patriots. Sorry, Baltimore. Oh so close, but the Patriots' offense is better in this shootout. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Frank Gore Has 1...Atlanta's run defense is below average. San Francisco's run offense is dominant. It all says it's going to be a big day for San Francisco's top running threat Frank Gore in the NFC Championship game. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Asante Samuel In...It's what Asante Samuel does. He makes big plays in big games. That includes taking an interception to the house Sunday against the 49ers. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Tony Gonzalez Ge...Tony Gonzalez's last career game won't be his best. After six catches for 51 yards and a touchdown last week in his first career playoff win, he gets shut down by a much better group of San Francisco linebackers (Patrick Willis and Navarro Bowman). (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)
49ers Steal Win ...Colin Kaepernick comes through again for Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers. San Francisco goes on the road and wins the NFC Championship in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)