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You're going to see a ton of NFL playoff preview breakdowns around the Internet today. But I wanted to give you something different. So, I've called on two of Hot Clicks Nation's favorite women to give us some insight into the Ravens-Patriots battle. Stacy Keibler is a huge Ravens fans (and a former cheerleader) and Maria Menounos is a Patriots loyalist. I spoke with each woman about their squads and some other things.
SI.com: Who is your favorite Raven?
Keibler: Ray Rice is just killing it right now and I'm a big fan.
SI.com: What are the keys to this game for the Ravens?
Keibler: They need to sustain a running game to give Joe Flacco more time when they throw. I think they need to avoid the flags. And they need to hold the Patriots to field goals.
Keibler: Baltimore 20, New England 17. Rice scores the game-winning touchdown! Plus, that was the score when I went home and saw them beat Pittsburgh, so it's good luck!
SI.com: Do you have any trash talking for Patriots fan, Maria Menounos?
Keibler: I'm very sorry to hear about what happened to Wes Welker.
SI.com: OK. Enough about football. I have to ask you two other questions. First, you're appearing on How I Met Your Mother this week. Tell us about that.
Keibler: It's this Monday, it's the 100th episode. It's just a one-time thing for now, but they're saying I'm the new bartender at MacLaren's, so when I left the writers and producers said they'd love to have me back, so I'm hoping I can go back because it was the best job I've ever been on. The cast is not only such talented actors but they're such great people and so much fun. Most of my scenes are with Barney. Neil Patrick Harris is so brilliant. He's so quick, such a good performer, such a good person.
SI.com: Lastly, I know you're focusing on acting, but the WWE now has guests hosts for Monday Night Raw each week? Any plans to do that?
Keibler: It's funny because I actually went to them when they were in my hometown of Baltimore a little while ago and they completely ignored me. Then, probably a month later, my publicist called them again and they said "Oh, we would love to have her" and they gave us some dates, but it didn't' work around my schedule. So maybe in the future if the timing is right, but right now there no plans to do it. But it would be so much fun to walk out and feel that energy again and be around my fans. I would absolutely love to do it.
SI.com: I think I know the answer, but who is your favorite Patriot?
Menounos: Well, not this season. Tom has come back from his injuries and been great, but Wes Welker has been consistent the whole year and I really firmly believe we're in the playoffs because of him. What happened to him was absolutely tragic last week, and I was actually crying while watching because I just knew what that injury meant. And it was so moving because I've never seen a player crying when he's injured. And he was emotional and it was because he knew it was over. I couldn't handle it. I was wailing.
SI.com: What are the keys to the game for New England?
Menounos: I think it lays on our defense and Brady, specifically Brady really connecting with Randy Moss as they've done in the last couple of games. They also need Julian Edelman to step up in place of Welker. If those things happen and our defense is tight, I don't think anyone can stop us. And certainly not Baltimore.
Menounos: Patriots 24, Ravens 17.
SI.com: Your friend, Stacy Keibler, sarcastically said she was sorry to hear about what happened to Wes Welker.Menounos: I know Stacy used to be in the WWE and I just recently made my debut with them, and I'd be happy to take her on. I'd put her in the chicken wing!
I think I speak for all of Hot Clicks Nation when I say that we would love to see that match. Anyway, my thanks to both ladies for their time. You can follow Stacy and Maria on Twitter.