Sports - 17 January 2013

Ravens vs Patriots: NFC Championship Betting Lines Update

For a second straight year, and the first time since the Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns battled in back-to-back AFC Championships during the 1986 and 1987 NFL seasons, the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens are set to clash with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. This contest is the late game on Championship Sunday with kickoff scheduled for 6:30 PM ET on January 20, 2013, from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. New England earned a hard fought 23-20 win in AFC Championship last year.

New England: Looking for 8th Super Bowl Appearance

As a model of success, since being purchased by owner Robert Kraft 1994, New England can tie Dallas and Pittsburgh for the most Super Bowl appearances in NFL history with a win over the Ravens on Sunday. The Patriots are 7-1 in AFC Championship games and they are 5-0 in contests played in New England (4-0 at Gillette Stadium). After securing a first round playoff bye, a dominant 41-28 performance against the Houston Texas last weekend has the Patriots one win away from trip to New Orleans and a shot at Super Bowl XLVII.

Baltimore: Ravens riding high after lassoing the Colts and Broncos

Following a convincing 24-9 home win over the Indianapolis Colts during Wild Card Week action, the Ravens took their show on the road to Denver and defeated the Broncos 38-35 less than two minutes into the second overtime period. Despite giving up two Denver kick returns for touchdowns, the Ravens knuckled down and came up with a gritty win on the road. This will be the third AFC Championship appearance in five years for Baltimore who lost to New England last year and Pittsburgh (23-14) during the 2008 NFL season.

Patriots vs Ravens AFC Championship Betting Lines and Prediction

It’s a different year but we are back at the same bookmaker for our AFC Championship odds as topbet.eu provides the lines for our Patriots vs Ravens prediction. A year ago, TopBet had the Patriots as 7.5 ATS and -325 ML while the Ravens were getting -325 S/U and the game total was 50.5 points. For the re-match we find the Patriots as -9 (-105) against the spread and -400 on the money line. Baltimore backers get the Ravens at +320 straight up and the Over/Under has been posted at a very lofty 51.5 total points.

AFC Championship Best Bets: Baltimore – 9 (-115) ATS * New England -400 ML * UNDER 51.5 points