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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, 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.

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