"The Thrilla-N-Pittsila" an All-Time Classic in Playoff History!
The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers will go toe-to-toe in a little more that 24-hours. Their rivalry is the best in the NFL. They also have a chance to make history as one of leagues most historic games of all-time.
Both teams have said that they believe the winner of the game will move on and eventually win the Super Bowl. Sorry no disrespect New England and New York this game is that big.
The title of the game "The Thrilla-N-Pittsila" sets the stage for a game where each team possession will be evaluated as a heavyweight championship round.
Which team will land the first bone-crunching punch. Will it be the Ravens with Ray Rice busting up the middle for a large gain that set up a play-action pass from Flacco to Heap or Boldin.
Or will it be the Steelers Rashard Mendenhall exploding past the Ravens linebackers and making big runs that soften up the defense for a Mike Wallace explosive touchdown with one-on-one coverage.
This is the rubber-match and just like Ali-Frazier the game or fight will be decided in the 13th, 14th round or in football terms late in the 4th quarter. It may all come down to who can deliver the late knock out blow on defense.
That is what makes these two teams so special they have been known for over 10-years to be the best teams that make the big 4th quarter play that changes or ends the game. Will be Troy Polamalu or James Harrison for Pittsburgh or Sugar Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs or Ed Reed for Baltimore.
The hype-machine is in place. The boxers (players), the corner-men (doctors and asst. coaches) and the trainers (Coach Harbaugh, Coach Tomlin) are all ready to go.
When the referee blows his whistle at 4:30 pm tomorrow he will be Michael Buffer and that will be his version of "Lets Get Ready to Rumble!"