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NFL Playoffs Capsule: Ravens at Patriots

Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis speaks during a news conference at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. The Ravens are scheduled to face the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship on Sunday. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis speaks during a news conference at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. The Ravens are scheduled to face the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship on Sunday. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Today, 6:30 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE — Patriots by 9½

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Baltimore 8-10; New England 10-7

SERIES RECORD — Patriots lead 7-2

LAST MEETING — Ravens beat Patriots 31-30, Sept. 23, 2012

LAST WEEK — Ravens beat Broncos 38-35, 2 OT; Patriots beat Texans 41-28

RAVENS OFFENSE — OVERALL (16), RUSH (11), PASS (15)

RAVENS DEFENSE — OVERALL (17), RUSH (20), PASS (17)

PATRIOTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (1), RUSH (7), PASS (4)

PATRIOTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (25), RUSH (9), PASS (29)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Teams meet for second straight season in AFC championship game and third time in playoffs, all in Foxborough. Ravens won 33-14 in wild-card game Jan. 10, 2010. ... Ravens beat Patriots this season on last-play 27-yard field goal by Justin Tucker. ... Ravens lost AFC title game last year when Joe Flacco threw two incompletions from Patriots 14-yard line followed by Billy Cundiff’s failed 32-yard field goal attempt on next to last play. ... Ravens 8-5 postseason road record is best in NFL for teams with minimum of 10 road games. ... LB Ray Lewis retiring after this season, his 17th. He’s 12-7 in postseason games and only Raven remaining from last championship team. He has 30 tackles in two playoff games this season. ... Ravens gained 503 yards in this season’s win over Patriots. They averaged 459 in two playoff wins this year. ... With five postseason road wins, Flacco tied with Eli Manning for most in NFL history and only quarterback with postseason victory in each of first five seasons during Super Bowl era. Flacco 2-3 vs. Patriots in his career with nine TD passes, four INTs. He threw for postseason franchise record 331 yards in playoff win over Broncos. ... RB Ray Rice rushed for 131 yards against Broncos, his second playoff game with more than 100 yards rushing. First was 33-14 win over Patriots when he rushed for 159, starting with 83-yard TD run on Ravens first offensive play. Led AFC running backs this season with 61 receptions. ... WR Anquan Boldin averaging 108 yards receiving in playoffs with 10 of his 11 catches going for first downs. ... WR Torrey Smith has nine catches for 209 yards and three TDs in two career games vs. Patriots. ... Patriots going for second straight Super Bowl appearance and third in six years, but lost previous two to New York Giants. Won three NFL titles in four years but none in seven full seasons since then. ... Win sends Patriots to eighth Super Bowl, tying Dallas and Pittsburgh for most all-time. ... Patriots 14-3 at home in postseason. ... QB Tom Brady’s 17th postseason win last Sunday broke tie with Joe Montana for most by NFL quarterback. ... Brady 7-6 in postseason after starting 10-0. ... His 78.4 passer rating in seven career games against Ravens lowest against any opponent. ... Bill Belichick’s next win is his 18th as coach in postseason, one behind Don Shula and two behind NFL leader Tom Landry. ... TE Rob Gronkowski sidelined for season after breaking left arm on Patriots seventh offensive play vs. Texans, had missed five games with broken left forearm before returning for regular-season finale. ... Third-string RB Shane Vereen scored three TDs — two receiving, one running — last Sunday against Texans. His 124 yards from scrimmage were career high. Only other players with two TD receptions and a TD run in the same playoff game were Roger Craig and Ricky Watters. ... Patriots led NFL with 427.9 yards and 34.8 points per game. ... Patriots first in NFL with plus-25 turnover differential, got only turnover of game against Houston on INT by DE Rob Ninkovich.

— The Associated Press