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The New England Patriots play host to the Baltimore Ravens this week in what could be Ray Lewis's final game. Two legends, Lewis and Tom Brady, will meet under the same circumstances as last year's AFC Championship game: the winner advances to the Super Bowl. Meanwhile in Atlanta, the Falcons will hope they can find a way to stop a mobile quarterback -- as Colin Kaepernick looks to run roughshod over another NFL defense.
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Of the four remaining teams, the New England Patriots are the most clinical team left in the playoffs. While the Falcons, 49ers, and Ravens may be fueled by emotion -- the Pats continue to play their brand of football, one without too much pomp and circumstance. Boasting the playoff's best remaining offense, Tom Brady finds himself in a familiar position.
The Falcons got an emotional bump with their win over the Seattle Seahawks. Falling just short in so many past years, now they have a late-win to build momentum from. Facing adversity and fighting back meant more than an easy win did, but they have a serious threat in Colin Kaepernick who could give their defense huge problems if not kept in check.
Ravens vs. Patriots
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
When: Sunday, 1/20/13, 6:30 p.m. ET
Odds: The New England Patriots are 8-point favorites at home, according to OddsShark.
Picks: Patriots, 35-27
49ers vs. Falcons
Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
When: Sunday, 1/20/13, 3:00 p.m.
Odds: The San Francisco 49ers are 3.5-point favorites on the road, according to OddsShark.
Picks: Falcons, 27-20
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