Friday, May 24, 2013
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) makes an 11-yard touchdown reception against New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty in the second half of the AFC Championship game in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday.
FOXBOROUGH — Joe Flacco threw three touchdown passes in the second half as the Baltimore Ravens upset the New England Patriots 28-13 Sunday night in the AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium.
Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker runs for yardage during the second half on Sunday.
The Associated Press
The Ravens will face the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans in the Super Bowl on Feb. 3, setting up a match between brothers John Harbaugh and Jim Harbaugh, the head coaches of the Ravens and 49ers.
New England finished its season 13-5 – two of the losses to the Ravens. It was the first time the Patriots had ever lost an AFC championship game at home.
New England led 13-7 at the half, but missed an early opportunity to add to its score in the third quarter, then the Ravens took over.
Flacco completed an 87-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Dennis Pitta with 6:14 left in the third quarter to make it 14-13.
Then, after the Patriots were forced to punt again, the Ravens drove 64 yards to get a 3-yard touchdown pass from Flacco to Anquan Boldin on the first play of the fourth quarter, making it 221-18.
Baltimore got the ball right back when defensive back Bernard Pollard crushed running back Stevan Ridley, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Baltimore's Arthur Jones at the New England 47 – and knocked Ridley out of the game.
Four plays later, Flacco threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Boldin and the crowd at Gillette started leaving with 11:13 remaining, the Patriots trailing 28-13.
Tom Brady completed 29 of 54 passes for 320 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.