Top five reasons why the Patriots will beat the Ravens

The New England Patriots celebrate during their win over the Houston Texans. (REUTERS)

The New England Patriots celebrate during their win over the Houston Texans. (REUTERS)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:21 AM ET

1. TOM BRADY

Of the four remaining quarterbacks, Brady is clearly the best of the bunch. The Ravens’ Joe Flacco made a lot of noise in beating the Denver Broncos but his legendary ‘Flacco Fling’ in the finals seconds of regulation was the result of a defensive lapse that was shoddy by high school standards more than anything special from Flacco. Brady, meanwhile, stands head and shoulders above the final four. With the victory over Houston, Brady became the NFL’s all-time leading quarterback with playoff victories with 17. His overall playoff record is 17-6, a .739 win percentage, which again is the highest in NFL history. Brady has shown time and again that he can deliver the goods when called on, that he is a true leader. Heading into the game Brady is one win away from his sixth Super Bowl appearance and fourth championship, and he is hungry having been denied in his past two Super Bowl appearances. “He’s our leader and we all follow him,” coach Bill Belichick said. “There’


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