NFL Liveblog

January 20, 2012

We are liveblogging the NFL Conference championships on Sunday – come back at game time for in-game chat and info with Reuters reporters and fans.

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Sunday’s American Football Conference (AFC) championship game (15:00 ET) between the high-powered New England Patriots and ferocious Baltimore Ravens is more than just a clash between two rivals battling for a place in the Super Bowl.

It is a classic showdown between teams with opposing styles of play. A match-up that has been played all over North American fields for generations and has the ingredients for an intriguing battle that will be decided as much by wits as athleticism. Read more from Julian Linden’s Reuters preview here.

The New York Giants have enjoyed plenty of playoff success on the road, but their good fortunes will be tested in Sunday’s NFC title game against a San Francisco 49ers team that has lost just once at home all season.

There are many ways to get to the Super Bowl and the Giants are once again taking a long and winding road, but it is a path they are familiar with having followed a similar route to the National Football League’s (NFL) title game four years ago.

That year, the Giants won an NFL record 11 straight road games and became just the third team to post three consecutive road playoff victories capped by a Super Bowl upset of the unbeaten New England Patriots.

The Giants launched this post-season at home with a win over the Atlanta Falcons, then headed to frosty Lambeau Field last week and eliminated the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers to set up Sunday’s showdown with the hard-hitting 49ers. Read the rest of Steve Keatings’ preview here.

Wherever you are in the world, come back and join us on Sunday and enjoy discussing what should be two thrilling games.

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Photo: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (Reuters).


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New England wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, who traveled to Florida Saturday for his father’s funeral, is on the inactives list for the AFC title game against the Ravens.

Posted by doodlelang | Report as abusive

Inactives list:
Patriots-Ryan Mallett, QB, Stevan Ridley, RB, Shane Veree, RB, Gary Guyton, LB, Donald Thomas, OL, Sebastian Vollmer, T, Chad Ochocinco, WR.
Ravens: Tandon Doss, WR, Chykie Brown, CB, Anthony Allen, RB, Josh Bynes, LB, Justin Boren, G/C, Brandon McKinney, NT, Sergio Kindle, OLB

Posted by doodlelang | Report as abusive

perfect timing of flyover to cap Steven Tyler’s national anthem. could it be portent to potent passing game by Patriots and Brady ?

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Gillette Stadium crowd, already revved up after introductions of honorary captains Troy Brown, Drew Bledsoe, Ty Law and Tedy Bruschi, roared again after perfectly timed flyover following Steven Tyler’s National Anthem.
Portent of potent passing by the Patriots? Not so after first series. Three and out for both teams.

Posted by doodelang | Report as abusive

Brady hurried throw over the head of wide open Gronkowski that should have been a touchdown…. Pats now have to settle for field goal try

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