Foxboro, MA (Sports Network) - Ray Lewis will get his shot to go out on top
and John and Jim Harbaugh will square off in a Super Bowl only a mother
couldn't love, as the Baltimore Ravens went into Gillette Stadium and knocked
out the New England Patriots, 28-13, to capture the AFC title.
Joe Flacco, after being held in check in the first half, sliced up New
England's secondary with threw touchdown passes after the break, as the Ravens
scored 21 unanswered points to reach their first Super Bowl in 13 years.
Anquan Boldin caught two of Flacco's TD passes and Ray Rice ran for a score to
deny New England a record-tying eighth Super Bowl appearance.
The winner-take-all game in New Orleans in two weeks will pit John Harbaugh's
Ravens against his brother Jim's San Francisco 49ers, who captured the NFC
earlier Sunday with a win over the Atlanta Falcons.
Tom Brady set the all-time NFL record for career postseason yards, but was off
the mark most of the night, connecting on just 29-of-54 throws for 320 yards
with two interceptions and a touchdown pass to Wes Welker, who had several key
Steven Ridley lost a pivotal fumble in the fourth quarter after taking a big
hit from Bernard Pollard and never returned.
New England, which averaged nearly 35 points per game in the regular season,
punted five times -- three inside Baltimore territory -- and scored just one
touchdown on four trips into the red zone.
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