The New England Patriots clinched their first A.F.C. title since 2007 by defeating the Baltimore Ravens 23-30. The close game came down to a field goal missed by Ravens kicker, Billy Kundif. Kundif missed a routine 32-yarder with 12 seconds remaining. The shank was enough to send the Patriots to their fifth Super Bowl in 11 years. Tom Brady, the Pats quarterback, threw for 239 yards and had two interceptions.
“Well I sucked pretty bad today, but our defense saved us,” Brady said. “I’m gonna go out and try to do a better job in a couple of weeks.”
The Patriots will take on Eli Manning and the New York Giants in their second Super Bowl in four years. The Giants beat the San Francisco 49ers in an overtime 20-17 victory. The end of the defensive battle was triggered by the 49ers’ Kevin Williams fumble at the 49ers 24-yardline recovered by Devin Thomas. Lawrence Tynes kicked the tie-breaking 31-yard-field-goal.
“It’s amazing, I had dreams about this last night,” Tynes said. “I was so nervous before the game just anticipating this kind of game.”
Giants quarterback Eli Manning had 316 passing yards and no interceptions and running back Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 74 yards with 20 carries.
The Patriots seek revenge after the Giants upset their perfect season with their 17-14 Super Bowl XLII victory. The Patriots are 3-point favorite for the game taking place Feb. 5 in Indianapolis.