AFC Championship Game
New England Patriots (13-3)
Baltimore Ravens (12-4)
3:00 P.M. EST
Tom Brady. Ed Reed. Ray Lewis. The 2012 AFC Championship game features plenty of potential Hall of Famers. It also features one of the most prolific offenses in the league and a tough-as-nails defense.
The last time these two teams met in the playoffs, Baltimore crushed New England 33-14 in the 2010 Wild Card round. Brady threw three interceptions and only 154 yards (at home) as the Ravens raced to a 24-0 lead in the first quarter.
Baltimore and its No. 3 ranked defense will have to go through Foxboro again, where the Pats only lost one game in 2011. New England has reeled off nine straight victories, including last week's dismantling of Tim Tebow's Broncos in the Divisional Round (eight of which they scored over 30 points). On the other hand, the Ravens have been winning despite not being able to put teams away and a lack of consistency on offense.
Will the Ravens take down the Patriots in New England again? Or will the Bill Belichick and the Pats punch their tickets to their fifth Super Bowl appearance in 11 seasons?
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Billy Cundiff SHANKS THE KICK and nails it wide left! THE PATRIOTS WILL WIN THIS GAME!
Flacco rolls right on third down and throws an incomplete pass to Pitta on the right side. It was nearly picked off. Time for Cundiff...
Flacco looks for Lee Evans in the end zone but the veteran drops the ball! INCOMPLETE. That's a touchdown right there!
Flacco hits Boldin on the left and the star receiver uses a big block by Pitta to run 29 yards!!! Ravens are in field goal range with 51 seconds left.
Flacco hits Boldin who makes the diving grab in the middle of the field, but he's a yard short of the first down and the Ravens call one of their timeouts. 58 seconds left.
Flacco throws a short pass to Rice cutting through the middle of the field but the ball falls incomplete.
Flacco steps up in the pocket and connects with Boldin on the left sideline for a big 12-yard gain. Boldin went out of bounds to stop the clock/
Flacco hits Pitta on the left side for a 5-yard gain but he can't get out of bounds. Tick tick..
Flacco drops back and throws an incomplete pass intended to Boldin on the left side.
Webb gets the line drive punt and dives to the 21-yard line. Here comes Flacco. Time to prove himself.
From the shotgun, Brady drops back alone in the backfield, fires a short pass to Hernandez on the right but Ed Reed jumps the route and bats it down for the amazing defensive play. Ravens will the ball back with two timeouts.
Green-Ellis runs left but gets stopped for a loss of 1. TWO MINUTE WARNING
Brady hits Branch on the left side for a gain of 7.
Flacco gets pressured and Wilfork was all over him as he threw it away! Patriots take over on their own 33.
Rice tries to go up the middle again but Vince Wilfork stops him in his tracks for a loss of 3. Baltimore is going for it on 4th and 6. But Baltimore calls timeout first. A field goal from here would be a 50-yarder.
Rice finds a hole and runs up the middle, spinning his way for a 5-yard gain.
False start on Baltimore.
Ricky Williams runs right and steamrolls his way for 7 yards. Ray Rice goes back into the game.
Flacco drops back on third and short and hits Dickson with a short pass for a gain of 16. Gutsy play call by Cam Cameron.
Ray Rice rushes up the middle for 7 yards.
Brady drops back and fires it to the end zone, but Pollard deflects it into the air and rookie Jimmy Smith snatches it before it hits the ground for another INTERCEPTION. What a play by the Ravens D!
Flacco runs a play-action and throws deep to Dickson in the slot, but NE linebacker Brandon Spikes INTERCEPTS IT and runs it back 20 yards. Just a bad throw by Flacco. That's a game changer. Baltimore was driving AND draining the clock. Now the Pats have the ball at the 50.
Ray rice runs right up the middle, gets tripped up but he's able to stay on his feet and pick up the first down. He got a great block from Leach on the play.
Ray Rice runs right and stumbles his way for a 5-yard gain.
Ricky Williams runs right, delivers a big stiff arm to get to the outside (avoiding the loss) and then battles his way for the first down. Great run by Ricky. He had to stretch out for the first down.
Flacco runs another play-action and hits Leach with a short pass for a gain of 6.
Ricky Williams gets the handoff, starts right and cuts up the field for a gain of 9 and a first down.
Flacco runs a play-fake to Ricky Williams, rolls right and takes it himself for a 5-yard rush.