AFC Championship poll: Ravens or Patriots

Just like last week's AFC divisional playoff game, the Ravens are 9.5-point underdogs heading into Sunday's AFC Championship Game in New England.

"It's just what everyone else thinks," defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said. "In here, on our team, we believe in ourselves. Whatever anyone else thinks, that their thoughts. We'll just have to go back out there and prove people wrong again."

It's hard to go against the Patriots' record in these situations. New England is 7-2 in AFC Championship Games, including 4-0 at home. But the Ravens nearly upset the Patriots in last year's AFC Championship Game.

Baltimore beat New England earlier this year in the regular season and has split the past four meetings with the Patriots.

"It's definitely grown into quite a rivalry, we would like to say. I don't know how they feel about that," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "But we have tremendous respect for the New England Patriots. ... They just have a tremendous staff, tremendous players, tremendous tradition. It's always a huge challenge for us, but it's one we're excited about and look forward to."

Who wins on Sunday: the Ravens or Patriots? After recording your vote in the poll, send me your prediction to the AFC North mailbag. Remember to include the exact score and a two-sentence explanation on why the game will end that way.