Baltimore Ravens go to Super Bowl XLVII after beating New England Patriots in AFC title game
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH. Last Updated: 21/01/13 2:26pm
Anquan Boldin: Two touchdown catches for Baltimore
The Baltimore Ravens exacted sweet revenge on the New England Patriots with a 28-13 victory in the AFC Championship game sending them to the Super Bowl in New Orleans.
History will be made in Super Bowl XLVII after John Harbaugh's side won in New England to ensure he would face his brother Jim as the two head coaches in the big NFL finale after he steered his San Francisco 49ers to the NFC crown.
Also making the headlines heading towards the Super Bowl will be legendary linebacker Ray Lewis who will look to bring the curtain down on an amazing 17-year career by lifting the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
It was also the first time in 15 years that both away teams in the Championship games advanced to the Super Bowl, with strangely both Atlanta and New England failing to score in their respective second halves.
Ray Lewis and Ed Reed celebrate
The Patriots had much the better first half but could only muster one touchdown from Wes Welker and two field-goals, while Ray Rice ran in a crucial score for Baltimore to make it 13-7 in the break but the home side looked on top.
Tom Brady had a perfect 67-0 record at home when leading at half time, so it looked an uphill battle but the Ravens came out swinging with quarterback Joe Flacco leading them to a flurry of 21 unanswered points.
On the defensive side, Brady could not get the Patriots onto the scoreboard while he had a tipped pass intercepted and saw some momentum halted when running back Stevan Ridley unfortunately fumbled the ball after being knocked unconscious by Bernard Pollard.
Anquan Boldin had another huge game for the Ravens as he caught two touchdown passes during the second half and showcased his size and strength by dominating the Patriots secondary.
Tight end Dennis Pitta caught a five-yard TD from Flacco, who really answered some big questions about his big-game mentality with 240 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions and some fine bullets into the end zone.
12 months ago the Ravens missed out on the Super Bowl after a narrow loss in New England, but Baltimore saw the game out to make sure they made no mistake this time around and booked their ticket to New Orleans.
It will be the Harbaugh brothers that everyone will be talking about as they prepare to line-up on the opposite sidelines to make their own piece of history in Super Bowl XLVII.