Super Bowl Bound: Tom Brady, Patriots Defeat Ravens, 23-20, For AFC Title

Super Bowl bound! Tom Brady and the New England Patriots overcame their mistakes and defeated the Baltimore Ravens, 23-20, to win the 2012 AFC Championship Game on Sunday afternoon and advance to Super Bowl XLVI.

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Patriots Vs. Ravens Inactives, AFC Championship 2012: Chad Ochocinco Inactive; Tom Brady, Pat Chung, Wes Welker Will Play

The inactive list for the New England Patriots has been released, and the Patriots look to be pretty healthy heading into their 2012 AFC Championship match-up against the Baltimore Ravens (3 p.m. on CBS). According to the list, safety Pat Chung, wide receiver Deion Branch, wide reciever Wes Welker and tight end Aaron Hernandez WILL PLAY despite being on Friday's injury list.

And without no surprise, quarterback Tom Brady will also suit up despite reported shoulder issues earlier in the week.

The most notable inactive player is wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, who has been in Florida dealing with the death of his father.

Here's the complete inactive list:

QB Ryan Mallett
RB Stevan Ridley
RB Shane Vereen
LB Gary Guyton
G Donald Thomas
OT Sebastian Vollmer
WR Chad Ochocinco

Meanwhile, the Ravens will be without: WR Tandon Doss, CB Chykie Brown, RB Anthony Allen, LBs Josh Bynes & Sergio Kindle, G/C Justin Boren, NT Brandon McKinney.

For more Patriots coverage, visit our team page and blog, Pats Pulpit. For 2012 NFL Playoffs coverage, follow our stream. Visit Baltimore Beat Down for Ravens news.

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Belichick A Win Away From Tying Joe Gibbs On Post-Season Victories List

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has three Super Bowl rings and is hoping to make it to his fifth in 11 season Sunday, as the Patriots host the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship game at Gillette Field in Foxborough, MA. Belichick will also be looking to move up on the career postseason victories list for NFL head coaches, which currently has him ranked fourth all-time behind former Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs (17 victories).

According to Jon Zimmer, who's the lead editor of NFL media publications, Belichick and Gibbs trail former Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula (19) and former Dallas Cowboys head coach Tom Landry (20), respectively.

A victory would also help Belichick move within one Super Bowl appearances of the most all-time, which is set at six by Shula.

For more Patriots coverage, visit our team page and blog, Pats Pulpit. For 2012 NFL Playoffs coverage, follow our stream. Visit Baltimore Beat Down for Ravens news.

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Patriots Vs. Ravens, AFC Championship Game 2012: Weather Conditions, National Anthem Singer, Referees

The 2012 AFC Championship game is less than three hours away, and soon the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens will battling for a spot in Super Bowl 46 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. The Patriots (13-3) will be trying to earn their way to the Super Bowl for the fifth time in 11 years, while the Ravens (12-4) are trying to make their first Super Bowl since 2001.

Now, before the game kicks off (3 p.m. ET on CBS) here's a few tidbits about the 2012 NFL playoff game, including the weather forecast, referees and national anthem singer.

Weather: According to Weather.com, the temperature at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA should be around 29-degrees by kick off with some sun and clouds. Meanwhile, the wind is expected to blow no more than 10 miles per hour.

Referees: Alberto Riveron has earned the right to be the head referee for Sunday's contest. Riveron will not be working with his normal crew, however, as the referee staff is a contemplation of the NFL's highest-rated officials.

National Anthem: Aerosmith lead singer and American Idol judge, Steven Tyler, will sing the National Anthem.

For more Patriots coverage, visit our team page and blog, Pats Pulpit. For 2012 NFL Playoffs coverage, follow our stream. Visit Baltimore Beat Down for Ravens news.

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2012 NFL Playoffs, Patriots Vs. Ravens: Game Time, TV Schedule, Betting Odds And More

The New England Patriots (13-3) host the Baltimore Ravens (12-4) Sunday for at chance to go to Super Bowl 46 in Indianapolis, IN, Feb. 5. The Patriots will be trying to qualify for their five Super Bowl in 11 tries, while the Ravens have lost four of their last five games against New England.

Last season, Baltimore defeated New England, 33-14, in the divisional round of the playoffs, while this season the Patriots downed the Ravens earlier in the year, 23-20.

If you'd like to catch the contest, here's the game time, TV schedule, betting odds and more:

Location: Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA
Game Time: 3 p.m. ET
Television: CBS -- Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Phil Simms (color commentary)
Patriots radio stream: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Ravens radio stream: 1090 AM WBAL
Betting odds: Patriots are nine-point favorites.

For more Patriots coverage, visit our team page and blog, Pats Pulpit. For 2012 NFL Playoffs coverage, follow our stream. Visit Baltimore Beat Down for Ravens news.

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Tom Brady Injury Update: Brady Returns After Missing Practice

The New England Patriots will face the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday in the AFC Championship game, with the winner moving on to the Super Bowl. The leader and quarterback of the Patriots – Tom Brady – missed all of Wednesday's practice with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder, but was a full participant in Thursday's session and told reporters he's good to go for Friday's practice:

"I'll be out there today, you don't have to worry about that," said Brady before practice.

According to a source, Tom Brady suffered the injury – a sprained the acromioclavicular joint (AC joint) in his left shoulder – on December 24 against the Miami Dolphins. Brady's missed Wedneday practice should not be cause for concern for Patriots fan, as it was scheduled to make sure his left shoulder heals properly. He was also held out of practice during the Patriots first round bye.

For more Patriots coverage, visit our team page and blog, Pats Pulpit.

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