A seat in the AFC championship game is at stake if the Bills host the Ravens in a divisional playoff game on Saturday at 8:15 p.m. at Bills Stadium on NBC.
The Bills with the second seed or the Ravens with the fifth seed will play for the AFC title game next weekend either on the street against the Chiefs with the highest seed or, if Cleveland upset Kansas City on Sunday, at home against the Browns with the sixth Advance the seeds.
It could be snowy on Saturday night in Orchard Park, NY. If so, it would be Raven’s first soccer game in the snow for Raven quarterback Lamar Jackson, the Florida native said this week. But wintry weather conditions shouldn’t get in too much of a hindrance to the ravens as they will no doubt try to control the game by running the ball.
They led the NFL in a rush during the regular season, with 236 yards down in the opening round playoff win last weekend in Tennessee. Jackson led the way by running 136 yards and overtaking 179 more on his first win after the season. He had a dazzling 48-yard touchdown in the first half and the Ravens considered themselves late as a 20-13 triumph over the Titans. Raven’s coach John Harbaugh called it perhaps the best win he’s ever been linked to, and his coaching résumé includes a Super Bowl win.
The Ravens are trying to get their first AFC championship game in eight years. They lost their last two games in the divisions playoff round. They last reached the AFC title game in January 2013 when they won a Super Bowl in New England in which they defeated the San Francisco 49ers.
For the Bills, it would be their first trip to an AFC championship game in 27 years. They were last there in January 1994 when they defeated the Chiefs to secure their fourth straight Super Bowl appearance, resulting in losses.
It’s been a successful season for the first time since the Bills. They won their first AFC East title since 1995. They had their first home game since December 1996. They defeated the Indianapolis Colts last weekend at Bills Stadium for their first postseason win since December 1995. Now they will try to add to that list .
They have to rely on a run defense that takes a modest 17th place in the league in the regular season. On the offensive, everything revolves around quarterback Josh Allen and wide receiver Stefon Diggs.
Allen was the NFL’s fourth-best passer-by during the regular season, behind only Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes. Diggs led the league in his first season with the Bills after winning an off-season deal with the Minnesota Vikings.
Both were great in the 27:24 triumph over the Colts last weekend. Allen threw for 324 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 54 yards and one touchdown. Diggs had six catches for 128 yards and one touchdown.
Raven’s cornerback Marcus Peters, who intercepted the Titans last weekend, was classified in the injury report as questionable due to a back injury.