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AFC Championship Second Half Thread: Patriots lead Baltimore 13-10 Going Into the Third Quarter

After an exciting first half, the Patriots lead Baltimore 13-10 in Foxboro.

A curious decision by New England's high-powered offense to kneel on the ball at the end of the first half, but they still take the lead into the locker room, and they'll get the ball to start the third quarter.

Weird to say, but in some ways, Ravens QB Joe Flacco is out-playing Patriots QB Tom Brady. The Patriots have not yet been able to connect on anything deep down the field, while the Ravens are having their way with New England's safeties. Flacco has a touchdown and no turnovers, Brady has an interception, and has led his team to two red zone field goals.

New England is getting a great performance from its defensive line, but its secondary is getting beat. The Ravens haven't been getting great pressure up front, but are shutting the Patriots out of the deep secondary. Brady has attacked mostly short so far, but expect them to dial up a deep pass or two early in the third quarter.

Baltimore is starting to move the ball well, but absolutely must get the Patriots off the field quickly on the first drive to set a good tone for the upset.

Remember, I called the Ravens in a 24-20 win. I'm usually wrong. Hang around and tell me how stupid I am, we'll be here the rest of the half.