Ravens upset Patriots 28-13 to set up brother-vs.-brother Super Bowl
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - When the Baltimore Ravens last went to the Super Bowl, Art Modell was owner of the team and Brian Billick was the coach.
Now, 12 years later, they're back with owner Steve Bisciotti, coach John Harbaugh and one significant link to both teams: Ray Lewis.
Drawing inspiration from their long-time middle linebacker, the Ravens will play San Francisco after bullying their way past New England 28-13 Sunday night to win the AFC championship. The victory ended a lengthy dry spell for a franchise with one Super Bowl appearance in 17 years of existence.
The magnitude of the accomplishment hadn't quite sunk in Monday.
Quarterback Joe Flacco says, "We're still on a little bit of a high ... I don't know if anybody quite believed it yet, but it's pretty real."
Flacco outdueled Tom Brady Sunday, throwing three touchdown passes in the second half and leading the Baltimore Ravens to their first Super Bowl in 12 years with a 28-13 victory over the New England Patriots for the AFC championship.
The win sets up the first Super Bowl coached by brothers, Baltimore's John Harbaugh and San Francisco's Jim. The 49ers won the NFC title earlier Sunday 28-24 at Atlanta.
The 49ers have been listed as 5-point favorites.
Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis' final season will conclude in two weeks in New Orleans; he was the MVP of the 2001 game, the Ravens' only Super Bowl win.
Flacco had two touchdown passes to Anquan Boldin and one to Dennis Pitta as the Ravens outscored the Patriots 21-0 in the second half. Baltimore's defense made Brady look ordinary and stymied the league's top offense. Brady was 67-0 at home when leading at halftime.