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Patriots outlast Ravens, advance to Super Bowl

The New England Patriots edged the Baltimore Ravens 23-20 on Sunday toreach the Super Bowl when Billy Cundiff hooked a 32-yard potentialgame-tying field goal left of the upright in the final seconds.

The New England Patriots edged the Baltimore Ravens 23-20 on Sunday to reach the Super Bowl when Billy Cundiff hooked a 32-yard potential game-tying field goal left of the upright in the final seconds.

The game looked headed for overtime after Baltimore marched down the field in the closing minute, but Cundiff failed to deliver and the Patriots advanced to their fifth Super Bowl since 2002.

Baltimore took a 20-16 lead late in the third quarter on a 39-yard field goal by Cundiff, but the Patriots stormed back to seize the advantage on a one-yard quarterback sneak by Tom Brady for the winning margin.

New England, who won three of four trips to Super Bowl last decade, will face the winner of the National Football Conference championship between the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants.

 
 
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