Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
New England is vying for its second consecutive Super Bowl appearance, while Baltimore is trying to get back for the first time since the 2000 season.
The New England Patriots host the Baltimore Ravens in the 2013 AFC Championship game on Sunday night. The Patriots get to host the game thanks to Baltimore's upset of the top-seeded Denver Broncos last weekend. These two teams met once during the regular season -- the Ravens defeated the Patriots, 31-30, in Week 3.
Baltimore entered the playoffs as the AFC's No. 4 seed, and advanced to this point with a win at home over Indianapolis and the aforementioned upset of Denver on the road. New England is the No. 2 seed and received a first-round bye; the Patriots reached the AFC title game by beating Houston at home last weekend.
That win over the Texans was not without a major injury setback for the Patriots, though, as they lost tight end Rob Gronkowski for the rest of the postseason. On the Baltimore side, veteran linebacker Ray Lewis is still coping with a triceps injury, but he's been able to play through it in the playoffs.
Both teams are performing well offensively in the postseason -- New England racked up 457 total yards and 41 points on the Texans, while the Ravens are averaging 459 total yards and 31 points per game. The over/under for the contest is set at 51.
A victory for the Patriots would send them to their second consecutive Super Bowl appearance, and their fifth in the last 10 seasons.
Game Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Odds: New England is favored by eight to 10 points, depending on the sportsbook.