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Connelly’s Top Ten: AFC Championship!

Patriots vs. Ravens (Image from radioboston.wbur.org)

1. First game and other Baltimore stuff:

* 24 penalties – 218 yards
* Welker and Lloyd combined for 17 receptions 250 yards
* Baltimore had 503 total yards
* Patriots averaged 2.3 yards a rush over 34 carries
* Five Ravens had receptions of at least 20 yards
* Best defender for the Ravens right now is Dannelle Ellerbe
* Bernard Pollard = dirty player
* Terrell Suggs hates Brady

2. Bruins Roster (from the NHL site as of Thursday night):

* Oldest – Chara born in 1977 / Youngest – Dougie Hamilton born in 1993
* Sons of former Bruins who played or will on the local team: Chris Bourque, Ken Hodge, John Graham
* Three Americans / one Slovakian / one from Finland / one from Germany / one from Czech Republic – rest from Canada
* Heaviest – Chara 255 pounds
* Tim Thomas – a lonely Bruins nation could turn its eyes to you in April

3. Most consecutive years of coaching the local teams:

Celtics – Red Auerbach 16 years (1950-1966)
Red Sox – Joe Cronin 13 Years (1935-1947)
Patriots – Belichick – 13 years (2000-2012)
Bruins – Milt Schmidt – 6 years (1955-1961)

4. Pats Playoff Rematach History:

Patriots against teams they lost to in the regular season and saw again in postseason – they are 3-4 in rematches:

2011 – Giants 24-20 regular season……Giants 21-17 postseason loss
2010 – Jets 28-14 regular season………Jets 28-17 postseason loss
2006 – Jets 17-14 regular season………Jets 37-16 postseason win
2006 – Colts 27-20 regular season…….Colts 38-34 postseason loss
2005 – Broncos 28-20 regular season…Broncos 27-13 postseason loss
2004 – Steelers 24-20 regular season…Steelers 41-27 postseason win
2001 – Rams 24-17 regular season…….Rams 20-17 postseason win

5. Red Sox owners regular season record:

* Red Sox (2002-2012): 1001-781

6. Colin Kaepernick:

The San Fran QB is not afraid to come up big in big games – In 2010, Colin Kaepernick led Nevada over undefeated Boise State 34-31:

* Ran for 45 yards and one touchdown
* Threw for 259 yards and one touchdown

7. More Ravens stuff:

* Joe Flacco first five postseason games 1 TD / 6 INT
* Joe Flacco last six postseason games 12 TD / 2 INT

8. Old School:

In AFC Championship games, the Patriots are 7-1 and 4-0 at home

2011 – 23-20 win vs. Ravens
2007 – 21-12 win vs. Chargers
2006 – 34-38 loss at Colts
2004 – 41-27 win at Steelers
2003 – 24-14 win vs. Colts
2001 – 24-17 win at Steelers
1996 – 20-6 win vs. Jaguars
1985 – 31-14 win at Dolphins – Squish the Fish

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Neither the white suit Ray Lewis was wearing the night he and friends were involved in the deadly altercation or the knife OJ was “purported” to have used have ever been found.

10. Randomocity:

* Te’o hoax reminds me of this high schooler announcing what college he chose to play at…

* Red Sox got a huge break on Mike Napoli – saving big money and getting him for one year at $5mm (I guess their original offer was way over-bid)
* Two Brady Bunch references in the same day – Tony Massarotti referred to Red Sox owners mandate to get sexy players like Greg Brady as Johnny Bravo / Someone called the whiner line on WEEI and compared Teo’s girlfriend to Jan Brady’s imaginary boyfriend George Glass
* Terry Francona’s book will be hotcakes in Boston
* Watched Coming Home again – strong B+ all the way around but no way does Jon Voight get the Oscar over Robert Deniro (Deer Hunter) in 1978
* Yodels then Yankee Doodles then Coffee Cakes then Devil Dogs then Ring Dings and only if starving… Funny Bones
* Enjoy every Brady-played game, every playoff game, every Belichick coached game – we are spoiled!

About Michael

Lifelong Boston resident who finds equal enjoyment in celebrating the local team's success as I do complaining about their failures. I have been writing the Top Ten for the last decade as well as five sports books: 26 Miles to Boston, Rebound, The President's Team, The Great Book of Boston Sports Lists and NBA List Jam.

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One comment for “Connelly’s Top Ten: AFC Championship!”

  1. Go Ravens !! Funny Bones are the best !!

    Posted by Glass House | January 18, 2013, 3:30 pm

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