Afc Championship Review Part 1: The Most Exciting Afc Championship in Recent Memory!

Introduction

The AFC Champion New England Patriots defeated the Baltimore Ravens in a thriller in Foxborough on Sunday afternoon. The game was a back and forth contest that featured a defensive struggle, which eventually saw the Patriots win in thrilling fashion with under a minute remaining. Let’s take a look back at the game and review how this amazing game unfolded.

Pregame

Before the game began, the Patriots had announced that there would be four honorary Captains to honor the 15th anniversary of the 1996 AFC Championship team. To pay tribute, the Patriots announced that former pro bowl and Patriots Place Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Bledsoe, linebacker Teddy Brushci, cornerback Ty Law, and hybrid wide receiver stand out Troy Brown would be on the field. This got the crowd pumped up before the game even began.

Then, Aerosmith front man, Steven Tyler, performed the Star Spangled Banner. He wore a Pat the Patriots t-shirt during the pregame rehearsals. During the actual performance, he was sporting a Patriots scarf. The crowd roared.

The First Half

The game began rather ingloriously with both teams punting. From that moment, one could tell this was going to be a defensive struggle. The Ravens then punted a second time, which gave the ball back to the Patriots.

When the Patriots got the ball back on the 48 yard line they drove down the field for a total of 50 yards. Then, the Patriots were stopped by the Baltimore defense. Stephen Gostkowski made a 29 yard field goal.

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After the Ravens got the ball back, they eventually punted again after a 3 and out. Steve Koch punted 47 yards back to the Patriots.

Once the Patriots offense took the field, they again began driving down the field. However, only three plays later, Brady threw a pass that was intended for Julian Edelman. Yet, instead of Edelman catching the ball, defensive stand out for the Ravens, Ladarius Webb undercut the pass and intercepted it while falling to the ground.

On the ensuing drive the Ravens drove down the field to New England’s 7 yard line as the first quarter ended. When the second quarter began, the Ravens were on 3rd down with 5 yards to go. The Patriots allowed a 4 yard game that brought up 4th down.

A few second later the field goal kicker for Baltimore, Billy Cundiff, kicked a 20 yard field goal. This tied the game. The Ravens had driven 67 yards for the score.

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When the Patriots got the ball back, they again began driving down the field. But, instead of doing it on the arm of Brady, they called mostly running plays on the back of The Law Firm, Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis. They drove 75 yards when Green-Ellis punched it in on a 7 yard carry.

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After the Ravens got the ball back, they began marching right down the field. The opening play of the drive saw Joe Flacco throw a bomb downfield to Lee Evans for a 20 yard gain. two plays later, Flacco hit Boldin for another big gain of 18 yards. Then, it was the Ray Rice show all the way to the New England 6 yard line. On the next play, Flacco hit tight end Dennis Pitta for a 6 yard touchdown. This drive went for 8 plays and 80 yards.

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The Patriots got the ball back and drove the ball down the field for a 10 play 63 yard drive. However, the Ravens defense stalled the Patriots offense and the Patriots were forced to kick a 35 yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski.

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The Ravens got the ball back with just over two minutes remaining in the half. Flacco and the Ravens took the ball for another 8 plays before they were forced to punt.

The Patriots got the ball back with just over a minute remaining with two timeouts. However, they were pinned on their 10 yard line. Therefore, they decided to run out the clock and take the ball to begin the second half.

HALFTIME Patriots 13 Ravens 10

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