The next big football day for New York Jets and Giant fans is the NFL draft. The NFL playoffs began with the Baltimore Ravens beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh 30-17. In the opening weekend of the wild card games, the Ravens will play the New England Patriots this Saturday. The Indianapolis Colts, who beat the Cincinnati Bengals at home, 26-10, travel to Denver to play the Broncos this Sunday.
The 12-4 Patriots and 12-4 Broncos, both AFC division leaders and bye teams, were able to rest up this past weekend, heal some wounds and watch their competitors’ games—rewards for having the best conference records.
Among the four AFC teams participating, only Andrew Luck, the Colts’ quarterback, has no Super Bowl experience. Peyton Manning, the Broncos’ QB, and his teammates lost last season at MetLife Stadium to the Seattle Seahawks.
Manning won it in 2007, quarterbacking the Colts against the Chicago Bears, and lost it in 2010 to the New Orleans Saints. This season is Manning’s third season with Denver. Baltimore was the Colts franchisee until 1983, when their owner packed up his team and drove off into the night to Indianapolis, where he struck a better financial deal for his team.
The Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl as in 2013, beating the San Francisco 49ers with their current quarterback, Joe Flacco.
In contemporary football, the Patriots have the most Super Bowl and playoff experience, winning Super Bowls in 2002, 2004 and 2005 under current quarterback, Tom Brady, and head coach Bill Bellichick. They lost their most recent bowl appearances to the Giants in 2008 by three points and in 2012 by four points, and in some opinions, a very lucky catch.
But according to the Ravens’ head coach John Harbaugh, Flacco is the better QB. “I’ll take him every day of the week, and twice on Sunday or Saturday night,” Harbaugh stated.