FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Baltimore Ravens wanted the New England Patriots, told the world they would beat them and then went into their stadium and dominated the second half as no visiting team has done.
It didn't seem possible when they limped into the postseason as losers of four of five games, or when they trailed the Denver Broncos last week by a touchdown with under a minute to go, or during the first half Sunday night when they were having trouble getting quarterback Tom Brady off the field.
But it's reality now: The Ravens are going to the Super Bowl. Avenging last year's bitter loss to the Patriots in the AFC championship game, Baltimore took apart New England in the second half, punching their ticket to New Orleans with a thorough 28-13 victory in front of a stunned announced crowd of 68,756 at Gillette Stadium.