Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 1/23/12
Joe Flacco should be a star quarterback now. The defense of Ray Lewis and Ed Reed should be in the Super Bowl, but they're not going. Not now. Not in the future. This was the last chance for a legendary combo. The New England Patriots beat the Baltimore Ravens 23-20 in the AFC Championship Game, and the talk will be about a missed field goal and the continued historic successes of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Sure, those things happened. But the finish to this game was just so bizarre. It was 11 seconds of hell for the Ravens, 11 of the most mistake-packed seconds you could ever imagine in a moment like this. Not just a missed field goal, but also a dropped pass in the end zone, a quarterback mistake, a coaching blunder. "Today was Christmas, times 10,'' New England linebacker Jerod Mayo said. A gift. The truth is the Patriots weren't even that great. Belichick and Brady will go to their fifth Super Bowl, a record for a coach/QB combo. But they didn't earn this one. Not really...
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