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Pats survive Ravens, Super Bowl next


The New England Patriots are in the Super Bowl for the fifth time in 11 seasons, thanks to a dropped touchdown pass and a missed field goal in the closing seconds.

Billy Cundiff shanked a 32-yard field-goal try with 11 seconds remaining to secure the Patriots' 23-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens in the AFL title game at Foxborough. The miss came two plays after Lee Evans grabbed a pass in the end zone, only to have it batted out of his hands.

All this happened after Tom Brady scored the go-ahead touchdown on a quarterback sneak with 11:29 left to erase the Ravens' 20-16 lead.

New England managed to win despite an uneven performance by Brady, who threw for 239 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. The Patriots had to settle for three short field goals by Stephen Gostkowski following stalled drives during the first three quarters.

Flacco completed 22 of 36 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns. He hit Torrey Smith for a 29-yard TD to give the Ravens their first lead of the day at 17-16 with 3:38 left in the third quarter. Cundiff padded the lead with his second field goal of the day, but the Patriots took the ensuing kickoff and went 63 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.

New England hasn't been to the Super Bowl since 2008, when its perfect season was tarnished by a loss to the New York Giants. They get their chance for revenge in two weeks.

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