22 January 2012

New England Patriots Win the AFC, Headed to Super Bowl XLVI

Owner Robert Kraft with the Lamar Hunt Trophy
It was a wild back and forth at Gillette Stadium today but it was the New England Patriots that came out on top, defeating the Baltimore Ravens 23-20 to claim the AFC Championship and to advance to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. And it was a performance in which Tom Brady was arguably outplayed by Joe Flacco and that the Ravens had opportunities to win it or tie it late in Patriots territory late in the game. Ravens wideout Lee Evans had a sure touchdown reception when he relaxed a little and then Patriots corner Sterling Moore knocked it out of his hands. Then the team has the opportunity to tie it but Billy Cundiff missed the 32-yard attempt and that was the game. 

In two weeks the Patriots will be at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, taking on the New York Giants for the Vince Lombardi Trophy in a rematch of Super Bowl XLII, which if they win would be their fourth. And my predictions were right for once.

Jim Nantz and Phil Simms called the game in Foxborough for CBS Sports and here's their game recap. 

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