Originally posted on Patriots Extra  |  Last updated 1/22/12

Ah, we're finally back.

On February 5th, the Pats will be in Indianapolis to face the winner of the Giants and 49ers for the fifth Super Bowl appearance in the Belichick/Brady era.

The ending was classic. Baltimore kicker Billy Cundiff had the chance to tie the game up with eleven seconds left with a 32-yard field goal, but he hooked it slightly wide left. The crowed went wild, and Tom Brady preceded to kneel on the ball to finish out the remaining time.

On the second down play two plays before the missed field goal, Lee Evans had the chance to catch a touchdown in the end-zone. But thanks to Patriots rookie Sterling Moore getting his hands on the ball and Lee Evans having a bad pair of hands, the ball was never caught.

All four quarters were bitterly fought by both teams, and neither time ever decisively pulled away.

The Ravens led in the fourth quarter 20-16, but Tom Brady managed to pull out a great drive that culminated in a one-yard TD dive by Brady on fourth down. That would be the final score of the game.

One of the scarier plays of the game was when Rob Gronkowski left the field with an apparent leg injury in the third quarter. It looked pretty bad, but he eventually came back on the field and it's likely that he'll be a go for the Super Bowl.

Tom Brady wasn't in his usual form, as he didn't pass for a touchdown for the first time in 36 games and he threw two interceptions as well. Brady will have to play better if the Pats are to win the Super Bowl.

The Patriots defense picked up the slack though, holding Joe Flacco in check and shutting down Ray Rice. The young New England defense is heating up at just the right time.

I'm hoping for a Super Bowl XLII rematch so that the Patriots can avenge their loss against the Giants, but I'm just happy to be back again.

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