This probably isn't the way we all hoped we'd be spending Championship Weekend, but it should still be a fun day nonetheless.
Even though the Ravens are out of the Super Bowl hunt, we've got two very entertaining games set up for this afternoon; the Jets and Colts will be the early contest with the Saints and Vikings squaring off in the evening game.
If the Ravens had pulled off the road win over the Colts last weekend, what an old school playoff match-up that would have been between them and the Jets. That AFC Title Game would have featured two teams that love to run the ball, play smash-mouth defense, and know each other pretty darn well.
Rex Ryan, currently the head coach up in New York, spent 10 seasons with the Ravens, including four as defensive coordinator.
When he got the Jets job this offseason, he brought a whole host of coaches and players from the Ravens organization with him. Ravens linebackers coach Mike Pettine became Ryan's defensive coordinator, and linebacker Bart Scott, safety Jim Leonhard and defensive lineman Marques Douglas
I'm sure there would've been a little trash talk involved had that group met the Ravens in the Meadowlands today.
When it comes to today's AFC Championship, as could be expected, many of those around Ravens headquarters are pulling for Ramblin' Rex.
"I'm biased," head coach John Harbaugh said. "I mean, these guys are our guys. You look at Rex and Mike Pettine, Jimmy Leonhard, Marques Douglas, Bart Scott, those guys are our guys. We're proud of them, excited for them.
"It's exciting to see those guys and what they've accomplished."
Ryan was known for having exceptional relationships with the Ravens players during his tenure in Baltimore, especially with the guys on his defense.
While some of those guys acknowledged that it's "bitter-sweet" seeing their old coach and former teammates still playing while the Ravens' season has come to a close, they say they're hoping their friends get to continue their run to the Lombardi trophy.
"You're pulling for them because you played for [Ryan] and I played with a lot of those guys for a lot of years," linebacker Jarret Johnson said. "You're proud for them."