Ravens Knock Off Patriots, Clinch Berth For Super Bowl

Looks like it will be a Harbaugh Bowl after all. The Baltimore Ravens are back at the Super Bowl for the first time since the 2000-01 season as they clinched the AFC title Sunday night in Foxboro, defeating the New England Patriots 28-13.

The Ravens forced three turnovers in the game as they were able to take the lead in the second half and never look back. Joe Flacco, who will likely get paid well for his efforts, completed two fourth quarter touchdown passes to Anquan Boldin, to clinch the win over New England.

Flacco finished the day completing 21-of-36 for 240 yards and three touchdowns. His other touchdown pass went to Dennis Pitta in the third quarter, giving Baltimore the 14-13 lead more than halfway through the quarter.

Flacco completed passes to seven different players, including Torrey Smith, who caught four passes for 69 yards, making him the leading receiver in the game.

It was a rough outing for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as he was picked off twice in the game, despite passsing for 320 yards. Brady had a touchdown pass in the first half, which went to Wes Welker for one-yard. Welker caught eight passes for 117 yards.

Ray Rice had the one touchdown in the first half for Baltimore, doing so on a two-yard run. The Patriots however had a 13-7 lead at halftime.

Patriots running back Stevan Ridley was the leading rusher for the game as he carried the ball 18 times for 70 yards. Ridley was knocked out of the game though in the second half.

Both teams faced each other last season with New England coming out on top. Baltimore was able to get the last laugh this time around.

Baltimore will try to win its second ever Super Bowl. They won Super Bowl XXXV, defeating the New York Giants. This will be Ray Lewis’ second Super Bowl as a player.

When Lewis played in the Super Bowl XXXV, he had Trent Dilfer as his quarterback, Jamal Lewis as the running back, Shannon Sharpe as tight end and Brian Billick as the head coach.

This time around, Flacco is the quarterback and he was able to take over after the whole Kyle Boller experiment didn’t pan out.

The Super Bowl will be on CBS Feb. 3 in New Orleans. To read up on both teams, check out The Purple Nest for the Ravens and The Foxhole for the Patriots.

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