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Ravens vs. Patriots: 5 Best Highlights from AFC Championship Game

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 20:  Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin #81 in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium on January 20, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent IJanuary 21, 2013

The Baltimore Ravens exacted revenge on the New England Patriots on Sunday, beating New England by a score of 28-13 in a rematch of last year's AFC Championship Game.

Joe Flacco was superb while Tom Brady struggled. 

Ray Lewis will now spend his final moments as a pro playing for another Lombardi Trophy, and the Harbowl will kick off on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans. 

Here are the biggest highlights from this surprisingly one-sided contest.

 

Ray Rice Scores An Early TD

After the Patriots opened the game with a field goal, the Ravens answered with a scoring drive of their own. 

Rice finished with a superb two-yard score that capped off an impressive 13-play drive, which started on Baltimore's 10-yard line and chewed up almost six minutes off the clock.

 

Wes Welker and the Pats Answer Back

In response to Baltimore's first touchdown, the Patriots took no time to engineer their first (and only) touchdown drive of the game.

Welker caught three passes on this drive, totaling 32 yards and this touchdown, which put the Patriots up by a score of 10-7 and capped off an impressive 11-play drive that took nearly six minutes off the clock. 

 

Dennis Pitta Responds with an Exclamation Mark

Pitta took a huge shot from Jerod Mayo after catching a short pass from Joe Flacco

It was one of those "woo" hits that fans love to see and players love to make, but it didn't deter Pitta from coming back with a "hit" of his own.

On the very next play, Pitta caught a five-yard pass for a touchdown that put the Ravens up by a score of 14-13 and proved to be the last score that Baltimore needed to win the game.

 

Stevan Ridley Coughs Up the Ball at the Worst Possible Time

Down by eight points, the Patriots needed a score early in the fourth quarter. 

Then, disaster struck. 

Ridley was clobbered by safety Bernard Pollard, and he lost the ball on the vicious hit. The Ravens recovered the fumble, and the Patriots were never able to get going in the second half. 

 

Anquan Boldin Owns the Second Half

Well, this isn't entirely true. Some of the credit goes to the Ravens defense, which pitched a shutout in the second half. 

But Boldin was a man amongst boys against the secondary of the Patriots in the second half. 

Boldin finished the contest with five catches for 60 yards, and his two touchdowns in the fourth quarter put a cap on what was a dominant victory by Baltimore over its fierce rival.

 

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