Ravens, Patriots to meet in AFC championship rematch

The Ravens will get another crack at putting last year’s heartbreaking AFC championship loss behind them.

For the second straight year, Baltimore will travel to Foxborough, Mass., to face the New England Patriots for the AFC’s spot in the Super Bowl.

The Patriots beat the Houston Texans 41-28 in today’s divisional playoff, setting up an AFC championship rematch with the Ravens next Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Last year, Baltimore helped send New England to the Super Bowl with two late critical miscues. Wideout Lee Evans dropped a pass in the end zone with 27 seconds remaining and kicker Billy Cundiff missed the would-be game-tying 32-yard field goal with 15 seconds to go. As a result, the Patriots won 23-20.

During the regular season, the Ravens edged the Patriots 31-30 on Sept. 23. Justin Tucker hit a game-winning 27-yard field goal as time expired to finish Baltimore’s comeback from down 30-21 in the fourth quarter.

So the Ravens and Pats have a recent history of playing outstanding contests. Perhaps there’s another good one ahead to follow up Saturday’s remarkable double-overtime win over the Broncos.