When the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots met in the 2011 AFC Championship, each team had a narrative it wanted to shed. The Ravens – and Joe Flacco in particular – wanted to prove they didn’t just need to win with strong defense and a dominant ground game. The Pats, after a stretch of postseason struggles, needed to demonstrate they weren’t just dominant in the regular season.
Both threads hung in the balance as the fourth quarter approached its end and things looked likely to be settled in overtime…assuming Billy Cundiff could make an easy field goal for the Ravens to tie things up.
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