For a big chunk of Sunday's AFC championship game, the New England Patriots dominated the 60 yards between their 20-yard line and the 20-yard line of the Ravens. The Patriots refused to let the Ravens flip field position in the first half and spent much of it entrenched in Ravens territory. But when the Patriots crossed that 20-yard line, the Ravens, as they have done all season, protected the red zone with a barricade of bodies.
I immediately noticed that. We¿re not sure if Reed meant it to, but as the Ravens punched their ticket to the Super Bowl, Reed borrowed the Orioles¿ postseason mantra of 2012, ¿BUCKle Up.¿ It couldn't have been coincidence, right?
Maybe we all should have figured something was up when the final score of the NFC title game Sunday afternoon added up to 52. This postseason continued on its magical way later in the evening as the Ravens locked up their half of the HarBowl in New Orleans two weeks from now.
The Baltimore Ravens are going to the Super Bowl. Avenging last year¿s bitter loss to the Patriots in the AFC championship game, the Ravens took apart New England in the second half, punching their ticket to the Super Bowl with a 28-13 victory at a stunned Gillette Stadium.
After 12 months defined by injuries, untimely deaths in their extended family and abrupt personnel changes, the Ravens are right back where they were last January, headed to Foxborough, Mass., for the AFC championship game.
It wasn't exactly a repeat of Broadway Joe Namath's bold prediction, but Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco did express confidence in the AFC North champions' chances Sunday against the New England Patriots.
It was bitter cold outside in downtown Bel Air Friday evening, but that didn't stop a couple hundred Baltimore Ravens fans from rallying behind their team leading up to Sunday's AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots.
Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday.
Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston answers questions about the Ravens' 38-35 win over the Denver Broncos in the divisional round, Sunday's AFC championship game against the New England Patriots and more
It's a pretty good time to be a Baltimore sports fan. This is the first time since the Ravens came into existence in 1996 that both the Orioles and Ravens had season records above .500 in the same calendar year.