The final minute of the AFC Championship Game against the Ravens was one of the most nerve-racking minutes as a Patriots fan (and trust me, there have been a lot of nerve-racking minutes).
In the split second Lee Evans had the ball in the end zone, I felt the bitterness of defeat. Then, as Billy Cundiff lined up for the chip shot 32-yard field goal, I was preparing for overtime.
But, in the end, I felt the intense surprise and joy when Billy Cundiff shanked the game-tying field goal wide left. Later, I would feel sorry for Cundiff, but in the moment, all I could think was, in the wise words of Rob Gronkowski: "We goin' to the 'ship! We goin' to the 'ship!".
Regardless of the final outcome of the season, that moment of supreme joy and hope as the Patriots beat the Ravens to advance to the Super Bowl had to be the best moment of 2012 for the New England Patriots.
Now, here's to hoping that in 2013, an AFC Championship victory will be second of the list of top moments to a fourth Super Bowl victory.