Patriots Headed to Super Bowl XLVI

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 22: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates after a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens during their AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The New England Patriots are headed to Super Bowl XLVI.

With a 23-20 victory over the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship, the New England Patriots advance to their sixth Super Bowl in the Robert Kraft era.

The Patriots' victory wasn't pretty, but in the end, the only thing that matters is the scoreboard. Tom Brady had an off day for the Patriots, he threw two interceptions and made some questionable throws. Defensively, the Patriots kept points off the board, forced a key turnover in the fourth quarter, and ultimately made two big plays to hold the Ravens to what would be a game tying field goal.

And I feel like I've heard the story before: the Patriots have the lead for almost the entire game, only to see the team's opponent go all the way down the field for the game winning score. Finally, fortune was reversed. With just seconds left in the game, the Ravens' Billy Cundiff missed a 33 yard game tying field goal.

Sometimes, it's better to be lucky than good. Today, the Patriots didn't play their greatest game, but the end result is the same: a birth to Super Bowl XLVI and a chance for another world title.

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