Patriots Edge Out Ravens, Go to Super Bowl

Ravens miss last-minute, 32-yard field goal
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 22, 2012 5:29 PM CST
New England Patriots Beat Baltimore Ravens in AFC Championship Game, Go to Super Bowl
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates after scoring a one yard touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, in Foxborough, Mass.   (Stephan Savoia)

Tom Brady has the New England Patriots back in the Super Bowl. The Patriots beat the stunned Ravens 23-20 in the AFC championship game today after Baltimore's Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal attempt with 11 seconds remaining that would have tied the score. Brady scored the winning touchdown when he leaped over the vaunted Ravens defense in the fourth quarter.

His 1-yard dive brought the Patriots (15-3) from behind, and the maligned New England defense made several key plays, including shutting down Ray Rice, the league's total yardage leader. Brady guided the Patriots to their fifth AFC championship in 11 seasons. The Patriots are chasing their fourth Super Bowl trophy during Brady and coach Bill Belichick's tenure in New England. They face the NFC champs on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis. (More Super Bowl stories.)

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