FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - This time, there was no crucial kick in the waning moments.

There was no last ditch effort at a game-tying score.

There was no need.

Joe Flacco threw three second-half touchdown passes. The defense held Tom Brady and the explosive New England Patriots offense scoreless after halftime. And for just the second time in franchise history, the Baltimore Ravens are going to the Super Bowl.

Almost a year to the day of a stunning defeat to the Patriots in last year's AFC title game, when Lee Evans dropped a would-be game-winning touchdown and Billy Cundiff missed a field goal to send it to overtime, the Ravens beat New England, 28-13, to advance Super Bowl XLVII.

Baltimore will face the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans for the NFL championship on Feb. 3 in a game that will pit Baltimore coach John Harbaugh and his Ravens against his brother, Jim Harbaugh, and the 49ers.

"I have no words," Ravens safety Ed Reed said. "I'm just so grateful. I'm honestly just grateful."

It was just more than a month ago that Baltimore was in the midst of what Reed described as "the low point" of its season.

The team was in the midst of a three-game losing streak. The offense was sputtering. And the defense, decimated by injuries, was struggling as well. Six weeks later, the Ravens are AFC champions.

Baltimore trailed 13-7 at halftime, but Flacco threw three second half scoring passes and the Ravens' defense held the Patriots scoreless on each of their final six possessions.

Flacco actually started off slow Sunday. He completed just one of his first six pass attempts as Baltimore was forced to punt on each of its first three possessions.

From there, Flacco completed 20 of his next 28 pass attempts for 223 yards and three touchdowns.

He tossed a 5-yard scoring pass to Dennis Pitta to give the Ravens a 14-13 lead midway through the third quarter. And after Baltimore's defense forced a New England punt, Flacco engineered another scoring drive, one he capped with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin.

Flacco endured an uneven regular season, but he's thrown for a combined 853 yards and eight touchdowns without an interception in leading the Ravens to three playoff victories and a berth in the Super Bowl.

"We've always believed in Joe," Harbaugh said. "And for Joe to come out and have this kind of a game on this kind of a stage three weeks in a row ... Joe's a great quarterback."

Added Baltimore tight end Ed Dickson: "Joe's continuing to play well in these playoffs, and the best is still yet to come. We've still got one more game."

Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith and Dennis Pitta combined for 14 catches, 184 yards and three touchdowns. Boldin was held catchless in the first half, but he had five grabs for 60 yards and two scores in the second.

Boldin's second scoring catch, an 11-yarder, pushed Baltimore's lead to 28-13 with just more than 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter.

"We came into halftime and felt like we hadn't played our best ball," Boldin said. "But we wanted to just come out and play the way that we've been playing, and we wanted to up the tempo a little bit - just put the ball in the hands of our playmakers, and we were able to do that."

But the win was about more than the passing game.

The Patriots finished with 420 yards, but their final six possessions consisted of three turnovers, two punts and a turnover on downs.

Ravens safety Bernard Pollard had a crushing hit on New England running back Stevan Ridley early in the fourth quarter that led to a Ridley fumble that was recovered by Baltimore defensive end Arthur Jones.

Flacco threw the 11-yard touchdown to Boldin just four plays later.

Harbaugh called Pollard's forced fumble "the turning point in the game."

"It was a team victory," Harbaugh said. "It was about the team. ... And to come out and play the way we did and win this football game means a lot."

And now, the journey continues - with just one game standing between the Ravens and the second Super Bowl championship in franchise history.

"We've definitely overcome a lot," Flacco said. "But I think when you look at the Super Bowl winners the past few years, I'd say they probably have a lot in common with that. It's about who can get ready and who can become their best at the right time."

Added Suggs: "We've still got one more to win and we're not satisfied."