And, thanks to three touchdown passes by Brady and one by college quarterback turned receiver
The Patriots overcame two 14-point deficits and Brady led a masterful march to his decisive 23-yard touchdown pass to
"I don't think we played as well as we would've liked," said Brady, who completed eight of nine passes for 72 yards on the winning drive. We "showed a lot of toughness coming back from those two deficits."
The top-seeded Patriots (13-4) will face the winner of Sunday's game between the
It was a thrilling game of shifting momentum — two touchdowns by the Ravens, the next two by the Patriots, two more by the Ravens and another two by the Patriots.
"We had two separate 14-point leads. Those guys did a good job getting it back to seven as quickly as they could," said Baltimore quarterback
Flacco completed his first eight passes, two for touchdowns of 19 yards to
The Patriots were driving again — until
Flacco capitalized with an 11-yard scoring pass to
And when New England punted on the first series of the third quarter, Baltimore added to its lead on Flacco's fourth scoring pass, a 16-yarder to
Then fortunes turned again.
Brady threw a five-yard touchdown pass to
With the ball at the New England 49, Brady threw behind the line of scrimmage to Edelman on the left side. The former Kent State quarterback then lofted a deep pass to a wide-open Amendola after a defender came up toward Edelman. It was the first postseason pass by a wide receiver since Pittsburgh's Antwaan Randle El threw one in the 2006 Super Bowl.
"We've had it in for 10 weeks, and the coaches finally got to call it," Edelman said. "I had to loosen up the arm a little bit."
After Justin Tucker's 25-yard field goal gave the Ravens a 31-28 lead five minutes into the fourth quarter, the Ravens nearly stopped the Patriots' drive. Brady threw a nine-yard completion to
Baltimore had two more possessions. The first ended when Duron Harmon intercepted Flacco's deep pass in the end zone with 1:39 left. On the final series, Flacco's desperation pass into the end zone was knocked down as time expired.