Originally written on Ravens Football Machine  |  Last updated 11/14/14
The Ravens made a key adjustment at halftime by putting Joe Flacco in a shotgun formation with a sugar huddle change in tempo...and the rest was history.           They wanted the New England Patriots, told the world that they would beat them and then went in their stadium and dominated the second half like no visiting team has ever done. THIS REPORT COURTESY OF JEFF ZREBIEC OF THE BALTIMORE SUN: It didn't seem possible when they limped into the postseason losers of four of five, 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, the Ravens took apart New England in the second half, punching their ticket to New Orleans with a thorough 28-13 victory in front of an announced 68,756 at stunned Gillette Stadium. “We know what it felt like walking off that field losers [last year],” said Ravens safety Bernard Pollard. “They beat us and we said we weren't going to walk off again like that.” Instead, the Ravens bounced off, one by one, celebrating with their fans that had come down to the first couple of rows at Gillette Stadium. Safety Ed Reed, who will play in his first Super Bowl and do it in his home state, sang, “We got two tickets to paradise.” Linebacker Terrell Suggs yelled, “We came, we saw and we conquered.” Defensive end Arthur Jones held up a sign that read, “AFC champions,” and shouted to no one in particular. In the Super Bowl for the second time in team history and the first time in 12 years, the Ravens will play the San Francisco 49ers, 28-24 winners over the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC championship game, Feb. 3 at the Superdome. The game will pit Ravens coach John Harbaugh against his younger brother, Jim, the coach of the 49ers. “I don't know if we had a dream this big,” John Harbaugh said. “We had a few dreams, we had a few fights, we had a few arguments. We'll try to stay out of that business. We'll let the two teams duke it out.” John Harbaugh's team was at its best when it absolutely had to be, steamrolling Bill Belichick's Patriots — which led 13-7 at halftime — over the final 30 minutes. Belichick had been 72-1 when leading at halftime at Gillette Stadium and the Patriots had been undefeated in four previous conference championship games on their home field. But they had no answers for quarterback Joe Flacco, or for a Ravens defense that not only forced three turnovers in the second half, but forced several Patriots to the sidelines. A week after outshining the Broncos' Peyton Manning and two weeks after getting the better of Indianapolis Colts phenom Andrew Luck, Flacco outplayed Brady, completing 15 of 24 passes in the second half for 159 yards and three touchdowns after the coaching staff made the decision in the second half to put the game on the fifth-year quarterback's shoulders. “We realized we needed to put some pressure on them,” Flacco said. “We didn't come all the way here to play it safe.” Still trailing by six points about midway through the third quarter, Flacco hit tight end Dennis Pitta for a 5-yard touchdown that gave the Ravens a 14-13 lead that they never relinquished. On the first play of the fourth quarter, he found Anquan Boldin for a 3-yard score and then a little more than three minutes later, the pair connected for an 11-yard touchdown. Boldin said during the week that the Ravens would win, and his two touchdowns made sure of that. “For us, it wasn't a secret what we were trying to accomplish,” Boldin said. “We came here last year and we left with a bitter taste in our mouths. We felt like this team took something away from us. We wanted to come back and make that right. It would have been great to do it in front of our fans in Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium, but we thought the proper way was to come back here and to win at Foxborough and we were able to do that.” Leading 28-13 with 11:13 to play, the Ravens' defense stopped the Patriots on fourth down to get the ball back, and then got interceptions on New England's final two possessions. Brady finished 29 of 54 for 320 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. “It's our time, it's our time,” said Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis, whose retirement tour will go right down to the season's final day in New Orleans. “Every man out there sacrificed this year for each other. And we did it, we did it, we did it. We're on our way to the Super Bowl. That's awesome.” Trailing 13-7 in the third quarter, the Ravens caught a break when Wes Welker dropped an easy pass from Brady that would, at the very least, have put New England in field-goal position to take a two-possession lead. They punted instead. Taking over at their own 13, Flacco put together his sharpest drive of the game. He hit Pitta to get the ball to midfield. Ray Rice then turned a dump-off into a 15-yard gain. An 8-yard run by rookie Bernard Pierce picked up another first down, and then Flacco hit Boldin for 12 yards. On the next play, after Pitta was drilled by Jerod Mayo following a 5-yard completion, the tight end shook free from safety Steve Gregory for a 5-yard touchdown catch. On the drive, which covered 87 plays on 10 plays, Flacco, who completed just 6 of 12 passes for 81 yards in the first half, was 6 of 9 for 64 yards, and he was just getting warmed up. After the defense gave the Ravens the ball right back, Flacco hit Torrey Smith for 23 yards. Pierce had two runs for 17 yards to get the Ravens inside the Patriots' 20. From there, Flacco hit Pitta for 6 yards and Boldin for 8. Then on second-and-goal from the 3, he lofted a pass up to Boldin, who out-leaped Devin McCourty for a touchdown. That gave the Ravens a 21-13 lead with under five minutes to go in the third. On the Patriots' next possession, a thunderous hit by Pollard on Stevan Ridley, which Harbaugh called the play of the game, caused a fumble and knocked the Patriots running back from the game. Jones recovered and the Ravens needed just four plays to get back in the end zone. Flacco hit Smith for 16 yards, ran for 14 yards, connected with Jacoby Jones for 6 yards and then threw a beautiful pass over the top of a defender to Boldin for an 11-yard touchdown. The score gave the Ravens a 28-13 lead with 11:13 to play and left Gillette Stadium stunned. “The guys came out in the second half and made plays,” Flacco said. “We were able to go up and down the field and a handful of consecutive times and score points, and that's what we needed to do against this football team. We needed to put pressure on them like that and it worked pretty well.”  
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