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Low Scoring Gets High Marks

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Low-scoring games in the regular season normally are a disaster for ratings. No one really wants to spend three hours on Sunday watching a 6-3 game between mediocre or bad teams. In the playoffs, however, defensive struggles make for great theater.

Low-scoring games in the playoffs mean both combatants have aggressive, hard-hitting defenses that give no quarter.

Such is the case with Tennessee and Baltimore. We're all fully aware of the Ravens' body of work in the playoffs during their championship run in 2001. Their defense was one of the most resilient in NFL history, and it carried Baltimore to a 34-7 win against the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. This season the Ravens again have leaned heavily on their defense, led by Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.

Meantime, the Titans relied on defense as well to earn the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs. Albert Haynesworth was perhaps the best defensive tackle in the league this season, Keith Bulluck is one of the more underrated linebackers in the league, and Tennessee's secondary hits as hard as any.

Given the head-to-head playoff history between Baltimore and Tennessee, you should make it a point to tune in Sunday with the expectation of seeing plenty of violent collisions and a game that figures to come right down to the end.

By Gene Wang  |  January 7, 2009; 1:43 PM ET  | Category:  Gene Wang Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Uhhh, the Ravens-Titans game is on Saturday, not Sunday. Just wanted to make sure you didn't miss it . . .

Posted by: TerpsGirl | January 7, 2009 3:51 PM

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