Let’s face it: The Baltimore Ravens simply ran out of gas in the playoffs.
Too many injuries. Too many road games.
(Not to mention the fact that the Pittsburgh Steelers are a better team.)
Does it remind you of somebody from a year ago?
Remember when the wounded Chargers went to the AFC Championship game a year ago with quarterback Philip Rivers coming off knee surgery, RB LaDainian Tomlinson unable to play nearly the entire game, and tight end Antonio Gates barely able to walk?
The Chargers had too many injuries and one too many road games ... not to mention that the (then) undefeated New England Patriots were the better team.
Ironically, nowadays, it often seems as if the road teams and the lower seeds have a better opportunity than the higher seeds to make the Super Bowl.
How often have you seen No. 1 seeds lose their first playoff games (re, the New York Giants and Tennessee Titans this season; not to mention the Chargers two seasons ago.)
Even so, in the end, being at home and being a higher seed did matter in the NFL playoffs.
How many people think the Arizona Cardinals would have won an NFC Championship game at Philadelphia? And don’t you think Baltimore would’ve had a better chance at home against Pittsburgh?
All things considered, I’d take my chances as a home team with a higher seed in the playoffs.