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AFC Championship 2013 game preview: Patriots, Ravens meet again with Super Bowl trip at stake

In a rematch of last season's AFC Championship Game, New England and Baltimore are set to square off in Foxborough.


The New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens face off in the AFC Championship Game Sunday at Gillette Stadium, playing a rematch of last season's game with another trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

Last year, New England rallied in the fourth quarter to gut out a 23-20 victory. The Ravens took a 20-16 lead into the final 15 minutes, but a one-yard plunge from Tom Brady with 11:29 left in the game proved to be the winning score. Baltimore had a chance to tie the game late, but kicker Billy Cundiff shanked a 32-yard field goal attempt with 11 seconds remaining, sending the Patriots to the Super Bowl

Brady didn't play well in that game, throwing for 239 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions, but he was backed up by a New England defense that held the Ravens scoreless in the final quarter.

With a new kicker, the Ravens exacted some revenge earlier this season. Trailing 30-21 in the fourth quarter of their Week 3 contest, Baltimore came back, and a 27-yard kick from Justin Tucker gave the Ravens a 31-30 win.

The Patriots and Ravens enter Sunday's game with high-flying offenses. Baltimore is averaging 459 yards through two playoff games, and New England racked up 457 yards in the Divisional round against the Houston Texans. The Pats gave up 425 yards to Houston, and the Ravens are allowing 408.5 yards per playoff game. All in all, it appears that Sunday's contest could be a shootout.

Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised on CBS.