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Tom Cheek from Baltimore writes: Baltimore is going to win this one despite being on the road at K.C., which is a tough place to play. However, look at what Baltimore did to New England last year, which is a tough place to play. Even though Kansas City leads the league in rushing, the Ravens are fifth in rush defense, which should be able to hold Jamaal Charles under 100 yards on the day.
Jason from Pasadena, MD, writes: The Ravens defense will come up big with multiple turnovers and the offense will make the Chiefs pay. I smell a nice game from Ray Rice and Willis McGahee, 31-17, Ravens.
TheNFLChick via Twitter writes: Charlie Weis hiring is a distraction. Ravens know how to win playoffs on the road...I'm taking my boys! Tell Pitt we're gunning for them!
BlacknGoldGlen via Twitter writes: Ravens will beat the Chiefs. Then it's a trip to Pittsburgh before going home to watch the Big Game on TV.
Tyson from Newark, OH, writes: I think the Ravens will win this game with ease. Not taking away from the great season the Chiefs have had. But the Ravens are a veteran team who has been down this path before; much like when the played in Miami in 2008.
Chiefs protect home!
Bryce from Tucson, AZ, writes: I am actually going to take Kansas City at home over the Ravens. The New Arrowhead has been rocking like the Arrowhead of old, which makes life extremely difficult for opponents. While I think Baltimore can handle it, Kansas City is going to be extremely excited about playing in their first playoff game (for most of them) and will just feed off the crowd's energy.
Meyers2305 via Twitter writes: Chiefs are a great team. They need to play Charles the majority of the game. Thomas Jones doesn't have it anymore! Chiefs, 27-21.
BrockDulco via Twitter writes: I'm taking the Chiefs, 14-10. Chiefs' defense is good and Arrowhead can never be discounted.
BigPaych via Twitter writes: I like the Chiefs. Dual-threat running game could wear on the older Ravens' D and win in the fourth quarter.
Ben from Pensacola, FL, writes: I'll take the Chiefs over the Ravens in a close game. The Ravens have been good on the road, but the Chiefs are just as good at home, and you have to think Arrowhead will be even louder than usual given how long it's been since K.C. has hosted a playoff game. I'll take a blazing hot hand in Matt Cassel over Joe Flacco, too.
AFC North final say
After finishing the regular season 32-20, the AFC North blog is no longer predicting games now that the playoffs are underway. So we check in with Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson to get his take.
Williamson: I predict a close one, 21-20 in favor of Baltimore. I just think the Ravens are so much further along as an organization. With Kansas City, no matter what happens, if the team loses 51-0 this weekend the season has been a success. I don't think the Chiefs have true Super Bowl aspirations. They're content that they had a great year, all is well, and K.C. fans are going to be talking about the Chiefs all offseason. I don't think Baltimore is a really good matchup for K.C., either. The big key to me is if you can stop the Chiefs' running game, they don't know what to do with themselves. Matt Cassel can't put the team on his shoulders and air it out all day, and think the Ravens will stop their running game.