Super Bowl Bound

The weekend of January 20th was Conference Championship weekend for the NFL. The Baltimore Ravens took on the New England Patriots for the AFC title, while the Dan Francisco 49ers took on the Atlanta Falcons for the NFC.
The Ravens-Patriots game was reminiscent of last year’s AFC Championship game in Foxborough. There was a slight difference, though, the winner. Last year, the Ravens lost to New England in heartbreaking fashion, 20-23 (New England went on to play the New York Giants in the Super Bowl, only to lose 21-17). Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had a record of 67-0 at home when leading in halftime. They were up 13-7 when they entered the 3rd quarter. Their defense, however, weren’t able to hold back the Ravens’ offense, who scored 21 points in the 2nd half of the game, finally winning 28-13.
The superbowl will be an emotional game for Ravens’ linebacker Ray Lewis, who will retire after the big game. “This is our time. This is our time,” said Lewis about Super Bowl XLVII.
The only time the Ravens were in the Super Bowl was 2000, where they defeated the New York Giants 34-7.
The score of the Atlanta-San Fransisco game was much closer, though the first half was very lopsided. The Falcons took a commanding 14 point lead into the halftime, but fell flat in the second. Down by only four, with time running out, the Falcons ended up in the red zone but came up 10 yards short. Quarterback Matt Ryan attempted a short pass over the middle to receiver Roddy White, but the pass was knocked down by 49ers linebacker NaVarro Bowman. The final score was 28-24, 49ers.
San Fransisco has seen 5 Super Bowl appearances (1982, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1994), and have 5 rings to match. They are the only team in the NFL to have appeared in more than one Super Bowl and have no losses.
The San Fransisco 49ers will take on the Baltimore Ravens on February 3rd, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana on CBS at 6:30 P.M. eastern time in Super Bowl XLVII.