FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The Ravens were able to right what many in their locker room considered a massive wrong.
One year after suffering a painful defeat to the Patriots in the AFC championship, Baltimore returned to Gillette Stadium on Sunday night and toppled New England 28-13 to earn its second Super Bowl berth.
The Ravens overcame an ugly first half where they managed to stay within six points by assembling a 90-yard drive and holding the Pats to one touchdown.
Baltimore went on to shut out New England in the second half, scoring the final 21 points of the game to set up a Harbaugh-Harbaugh Super Bowl that pits coach John Harbaugh against his brother, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.
The 49ers came back from a 17-0 deficit to beat Atlanta 28-24 in the NFC championship earlier Sunday. It’ll be the second meeting between the brothers, as John’s Ravens beat Jim’s 49ers on Thanksgiving night 2011 in Baltimore.
The Ravens played an exceptional second half to return to the Super Bowl for the first time since the end of the 2000 season.
Baltimore forced three turnovers, and quarterback Joe Flacco completed three touchdown passes to put down the heavily favored Patriots.
And now, after being doubted time and again this season, it’s the Ravens who have emerged from a competitive AFC field to earn a trip to New Orleans.
Baltimore bounced three of the NFL’s hottest teams to reach this point, taking down an upstart Colts team, a streaking Broncos team and now, the defending AFC champion Patriots.