The Patriots couldn't top the Ravens for the second time this season. Here's a look at what happened in the AFC Championship.
Tom Brady completed 29 of 54 passes for one touchdown and two interceptions on the night. He didn't look as sharp as we've seen in previous playoff performances, and he failed to produce any points in the second half. The Patriots led 13-7 heading into the locker room after the second quarter.
Wes Welker put in another huge game, catching eight passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. Aaron Hernandez also caught nine passes for 83 yards. He was targeted a team-high 14 times along with Brandon Lloyd.
The Patriots defense simply couldn't keep up with the Ravens' no-huddle offense in the second half. Joe Flacco stepped up down the stretch and delivered three unanswered touchdowns, two of which went to Anquan Boldin.
Stevan Ridley turned over a fumble after being hit hard by Bernard Pollard midway through the fourth quarter, largely sealing the deal for the Ravens. Ridley finished with 70 yards for 18 carries, but did not return after the turnover.
Brady attempted to pull off some late-game heroics. However, his second interception in the end zone ended the game for New England. They'll now head into the offseason trying to figure out how to get back to this point.
In 2000, the last time the Ravens went to the Super Bowl, they captured the Lombardi Trophy.
Ridley left the game with a head injury. The helmet-to-helmet hit from Pollard knocked him out of the game. He walked off the field on his own power.
Did they cover?
The Patriots were a 7.5-point favorite, failing to get anywhere near that spread.