Reporting Mark Viviano
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WJZ) — For the second time in franchise history, the Baltimore Ravens are heading to the Super Bowl.
Mark Viviano has more on the team’s big win.
New Orleans is the place to party, but the party for right now is in Foxborough. And the Ravens can celebrate at the expense of the favored New England Patriots.
A big crowd was on hand in the same place where the Ravens came up short just one year ago. But this time, they made sure to finish the job.
Trailing 13-to-7 at halftime, the Ravens would take the lead in the third quarter on a Joe Flacco pass to Dennis Pitta–the first of three straight Ravens touchdowns. They outscored the Patriots 21-to-nothing in the second half.
Flacco also threw two touchdown passes to Anquan Boldin in the second half. The defense would do the rest–causing three turnovers–one of them, a Donnell Ellerbe interception of a Tom Brady deflected pass.
The Ravens would go on to win it 28-to-13–clinching the AFC Championship and the Lamar Hunt Trophy. Now they’re headed to the Super Bowl.
“I want to thank the Krafts first of all. They’re the classiest organization in the NFL. Bob’s been great to me since I got in this league and he just stopped in to wish us the best. I’m just speechless,” said Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti.
“I can’t say enough about our players. We love each other. I love this team, I love these players, we love each other. We’ve just got a bunch of good men up here. Art Modell, thank you very much. This is for Art,” said Ravens head coach John Harbaugh.
“We’re built a certain way and we’ve got each other’s back through it all. And last year when we walked up out of here I told them I said ‘We’ll be back. Don’t hold your heads down because we’ve got something to finish,’” said Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.
“All year we believed, no matter what the circumstances were. That never shook our faith. We felt like this was our year. We talked about the entire year and like I said, we believe,” said Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin.
“It was pretty awesome. We were here last year and we thought we had them, came up a little bit short,” said Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. “But guys came out in the second half and made plays going down the field, made a handful of plays and scored points. That’s what we need to do against this football team. We need to put pressure on them like that and it worked pretty well.”
“It’s our time, it’s our time. All these men out there. It might just be five of us up here but every man out there made a sacrifice this year for each other and we did it. We’re on our way to the Super Bowl man, that’s awesome,” Lewis said.
The Ravens are a team that perseveres. They are the first team in NFL history to lose four of their last five regular season games and make it all the way to the Super Bowl.
The Ravens did so with a playoff win at home over Indianapolis and improbable comeback wins on the road in Denver and New England. Never before has Tom Brady had a lead at halftime at home and lost. This is the first time that has ever happened.