AFC Championship Game
February 1, 2013Owensville High School
AFC Championship Game
The dominant force in the NFL over the past decade has been the duet of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. These Patriots legends have owned the AFC for the past number of years. In the 2012 AFC championship, the Patriots would be trying to establish themselves as a powerhouse again as they were hoping to set up their second Super Bowl trip in a row.
On the other end, their opponents, were the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens were their opponents in this stage of the playoffs last year as well, and probably should have won. Last season, the Ravens lost on a dropped catch in the end zone and then failed to tie the game with a field goal as time expired. They had a bitter taste in their mouths against the Patriots this year. Whenever the Baltimore Ravens lose their next game, future Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis will ride off into the sunset and retire. His career serves as motivation for the rest of the team as he is their leader and he gives them a reason to continue to play hard and not want this ride to end.
Although the Patriots got on the board first with a field goal, the Ravens came back with a touchdown of their own early in the second quarter. In the remaining 9:28 of the quarter, the Patriots tacked on another field goal and then a one-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Wes Welker. At halftime, the underdog Ravens trailed New England by a score of 13-7.
In the second half of this game, Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco showed why he should be considered an elite quarterback. On their first drive of the third quarter, Flacco and the Ravens drove 72 yards and capped it off with a touchdown to Dennis Pitta. On the very next Baltimore possession, they did it again with a touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin. The score was now 21-13, but Brayd was still cool and collected in the pocket.
Brady’s moxy and composure could not help him at all as running back, Steven Ridley, had the ball knocked away from him and the Ravens recovered, setting up another touchdown from Flacco to Boldin. The score was now 28-13 and the Patriots were reeling. They had a couple of chances to potentially make a comeback in the last quarter, however, they could not take advantage, and the Ravens punched their tickets to Super Bowl XLVII.
The illustrious career of Ray Lewis will last at least another week or two, while Tom Brady will have to go back to the drawing boards. In the Super Bowl, Ravens coach John Harbaugh will be matched up against the coach of the San Francisco 49ers, who also happens to be his brother, Jim Harbaugh. This will be the first ever meeting between sibling head coaches in Super Bowl history. This is one of the most-anticipated Super Bowls in years and it is almost guaranteed to be a great game.