Sunday, January 13, 2013
Ravens get Patriots in AFC championship
By Jamison Hensley
For the second straight year, the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots will face each other in Foxborough, Mass., for the right to go to the Super Bowl. Kickoff for Sunday's AFC Championship Game is 6:30 p.m. ET.
The fourth-seeded Ravens advanced Saturday by upsetting the top-seeded Denver Broncos, 38-35, in double overtime. The second-seeded Patriots moved on with a 41-28 win over the third-seeded Houston Texans on Sunday.
It was only last year when Baltimore lost to New England, 23-20, in the AFC Championship Game in a historic fourth-quarter meltdown. As if I have to remind Ravens fans, that was the game in which Lee Evans failed to hold onto a catch that would've put Baltimore ahead with 22 seconds remaining. Then, Billy Cundiff hooked a 32-yard field goal wide left in the final seconds.
The Ravens have since faced the Patriots, beating New England, 31-30, in a Week 3 game in Baltimore.
This marks the first time that the same two teams are playing in the AFC title game in back-to-back seasons since 1986-87, when the Broncos beat the Cleveland Browns both times.