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Hidden In Plain SightCNNSI.com Jan 20, 2013Did we see the Ravens coming? After their 28-13 win over the Pats, maybe we should've, says Don Banks, who adds Baltimore fits the recent profile of Super Bowl winners to a tee.Upvote Share TweetJoe Flacco, quarterback, Baltimore Ravens: After a relatively quiet first half, Flacco stepped up in the final 30 minutes, completing 15-of-24 pass attempts for 159 yards and three touchdowns as the Ravens scored 21 straight points to defeat the New Eng…Upvote Share TweetRavens linebacker Terrell Suggs doesn’t like the Patriots. And now that he’s on his way to the first Super Bowl of his career after beating them in the AFC title game, Suggs has teed off on his team’s long-time nemesis. “Tell them to have fun atUpvote Share TweetTom Brady probably should have known it wasn't his day when he tried to run upfield against the Ravens and got tackled by an official. In the first play after the two-minute warning of the first half in the AFC championship game, the Patriots' quarterba…Upvote Share TweetIn what could be his last time wearing a plain orange helmet, Browns receiver Josh Cribbs is heading back to the Pro Bowl. Cribbs has secured his third Pro Bowl berth via the Ravens’ berth in the Super Bowl. Jacoby Jones is out, and Cribbs is in. CribUpvote Share Tweet
Shannon Sharpe Actually Makes Sense Talking About Bill Belichick's Refusal To Do Post-Game InterviewFollowing his team's loss at home to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship, Bill Belichick declined an on-field post-game interview with CBS's Steve Tasker. It was a childish move, but not necessarily a surprising one. On the the CBS post-game sh…Upvote Share TweetNot too long ago, Ray Lewis was out of the lineup with a triceps injury and it seemed like there was a chance he would never play in the NFL again. Instead, Lewis will finish his illustrious career on the biggest stage, in his first Super Bowl since win…Upvote Share Tweet
Ravens top Pats, set all-Harbaugh Super BowlJoe Flacco outdueled Tom Brady, throwing three touchdown passes in the second half and leading the Baltimore Ravens to their first Super Bowl in 12 years with a 28-13 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday for the AFC championship.Upvote Share TweetJack Harbaugh played one year of professional football, with the AFL’s New York Titans in 1961. He began a long career as a high school and college coach in 1964. But Jack Harbaugh’s lasting impact on the game of football will be the fact that he hadUpvote Share TweetCall them AFC champions. Joe Flacco engineered three second-half touchdown drives as the Ravens rallied to topple the Patriots 28-13 to earn a berth in Super Bowl XLVII.Upvote Share Tweet
Dennis Pitta gets blasted over the middle by Jerod Mayo, bounces back to score next playDennis Pitta took one of the hardest hits of the season from one of the NFL's toughest linebackers, then came back on the next play to give the Ravens the lead in the AFC championship game. The sequence says plenty about Pitta's toughness. The Ravens ti…Upvote Share TweetNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady must have been upset when he was stopped by umpire Chad Brown near the end of the first half of the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens. That happened with 1:52 left in the first half, and when y…Upvote Share TweetBill Belichick is usually one of the NFL’s more aggressive coaches when it comes to going for it on fourth down. But not today in the AFC Championship Game. Belichick has already punted three times while in Ravens territory, and the last of those puntsUpvote Share TweetAmong the various awards to be distributed the night before the Super Bowl will be the one that combines on-field performance with off-field service. This year, the finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award are Cardinals receiver Larry F…Upvote Share TweetNew England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib left in the first quarter of Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Baltimore Ravens with a thigh injury. The team announced his return as questionable.Upvote Share Tweet
Baltimore’s Ray Rice scores a touchdown, celebrates, and is amused by flexing Pats fanRay Rice helped the Baltimore Ravens take a 7-3 lead over the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship on Sunday night by running in a two-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Afterwards, Rice did his customary flexing touchdown celebration. Fo…Upvote Share Tweet
Deadspin Up All Night: Flawless CombinationThank you for your continued support of Deadspin. We'll be with you through Pats-Ravens and get you those GIFs you lust for. Thanks for stopping by. More »Upvote Share TweetIt may get lost in the shuffle a bit if the Baltimore Ravens lose the AFC title game to the New England Patriots and Ray Lewis officially retires as well, but we may have just seen the final game for the greatest tight end in NFL history. When the Atlan…Upvote Share Tweet
Baltimore’s Ray Lewis got really emotional during the AFC championship’s national anthemDuring the national anthem before the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots faced off in the AFC championship, Baltimore's Ray Lewis got very, very emotional. Dancing back and forth while making this face kind of emotional. Perhaps he realizes that,…Upvote Share Tweet
This Jim Harbaugh Freakout Is Priceless: Your NFL Conference Championships GIFs RoundupWe're going to be putting our GIFs from the respective Conference Championship games right here. So if you're looking for Julio Jones's touchdown scoring and/or security guard eliminating prowess, here's your spot. We'll update with Patriots-Ravens as s…Upvote Share TweetRavens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (ankle/back) is active for tonight’s AFC Championship Game, after he was limited in Friday’s practice and ruled questionable. Likewise, rookie running back Bernard Pierce is active after he missed two days of practiceUpvote Share TweetThe Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots have released their inactive lists for Sunday night's AFC Championship Game and, as expected, there are no surprises. The Ravens listed linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (ankle/back), fullback Vonta Leach (knee/ank…Upvote Share Tweet
Patriots-Ravens will apparently be quite windy, judging by goal posts bending in the gustsWind will be a factor in New England today, especially judging from the goal posts on the nearby practice fields that look like they're going to topple over. The Patriots tweeted out a picture that it said was the goal posts on the practice fields, whic…Upvote Share TweetBaltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis intends to retire at the end of his season. Some New England Patriots fans are so positive that his retirement is coming on Sunday that they've put up a billboard counting down to his retirement party. This billboard was …Upvote Share TweetJoin our ESPN.com NFL experts for the AFC Championship Game between the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots. Contribute your thoughts and questions beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET. See you there. Countdown Live: Ravens-PatriotsUpvote Share TweetIn the week leading up to Sunday’s AFC title game, Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin paid homage to the quarterback of an AFL champion from 43 years ago, who accurately predicted the toppling of an elite team that used to be in Baltimore. “We’ll win,”Upvote Share TweetBrowns defensive coordinator Ray Horton admits that he’s disappointed that he didn’t land a head coaching job this year, but that disappointment doesn’t take away his excitement over his new job. Horton, who left the Cardinals after Bruce Arians wasUpvote Share TweetFormer Cleveland Browns coach Pat Shurmur is expected to join Chip Kelly's coaching staff in Philadelphia, likely as the Philadelphia Eagles' offensive coordinator, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Upvote Share Tweet
Willis McGahee Wouldn't Describe The Aftermath Of This Massive Hit That Got Him Carted Off The Field As An "Injury"Above is the infamous Ryan Clark hit on Willis McGahee, four years ago yesterday, that put McGahee on a stretcher to close out the 2009 AFC Championship game. Though the next day the Associated Press considered it newsworthy that Willis McGahee would, i…Upvote Share TweetAs everyone knows, it's a big day in the AFC North because the Baltimore Ravens play the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. The last time the Ravens reached the Super Bowl, Ray Lewis was 25 years old. In other words, it's been a long tim…Upvote Share Tweet
Countdown Daily Recap: BAL-NEJan 20Jim Basquil and Eric Allen break down the Ravens' 28-13 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game
How did the Baltimore Ravens get here?Jan 20Rich Eisen and the "NFL GameDay Final" crew explain how the Baltimore Ravens were able to overcome adversity this season and how much Joe Flacco has to do to be considered elite.
Ray Lewis Discusses WinJan 20Ray Lewis comments on the Ravens' 28-13 win against the Patriots to win the AFC Championship.
Strong 2nd Half Propels Ravens To Super BowlJan 20Down 13-7 at halftime, the Ravens scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to capture the AFC Championship with a 28-13 victory over the Patriots.
Don Banks: Ravens prove again that, in January, down doesn't always mean o…Jan 20FOXBORO, Mass. -- Like the Giants last year, and the Packers the year before, we didn't really see these Baltimore Ravens coming, did we? But maybe we should have. After all, Super Bowl teams of late aren't always the beauty pageant winners, primping an…
NFL playoffs -- Baltimore Ravens' momentum evokes recent Super Bowl champi…Jan 20Baltimore Ravens silence doubters by crushing New England Patriots in AFC Championship Game.
Don Banks: Brotherly love on hold as Harbaughs own Super Bowl XLVII; more …Jan 20FOXBORO, Mass. -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from another unpredictable NFL championship Sunday...
NFL playoffs -- Who has it better than Harbaughs in Super Bowl?Jan 20Super Bowl Q&A: The Harbaugh Bowl has plenty of other interesting storylines.