Ravens vs. Patriots: The New England Patriots Are Going to Super Bowl XLVI

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIJanuary 22, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 22:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens during their AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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In one of the most unique—yet so weird—endings in one of the most roller-coaster games ever, the New England Patriots are going to Super Bowl XLVI after their 23-20 victory over the Baltimore Ravens

With just 11 seconds left in the game, Billy Cundiff and the Ravens lined up for a 32-yard field goal, but he missed—hooking it wide left. 

This was not New England's prettiest performance, as Tom Brady threw for just 239 yards and no touchdowns while being picked off twice and finishing with a 57.5 quarterback rating—but it was good enough to knock off the Ravens and win the AFC Championship. 

New England's defense really rose to the occasion, as they held Baltimore to only 20 points and forcing one turnover while overcoming adversity as New England turned the ball over three times. 

BenJarvus Green-Ellis really put New England's offense on his back as he ran for 68 yards on 15 carries while punching in the team's first offensive touchdown. 

Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski drilled a 29-yarder, 35-yarder and a 24-yarder while Brady punched in a touchdown on the ground to go along with Green-Ellis' seven-yard run. 

With the victory, New England will appear in their fifth Super Bowl in the last 10 seasons. 


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