The New England Patriots host the Baltimore Ravens Gillette Stadium in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, battling for the right to go to their second straight Super Bowl, and sixth in the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era.
The NFL Championship Weekend begins Sunday at 3 p.m. on Fox, when the Atlanta Falcons host the San Fransisco 49ers to determine the NFC champion. Then, at 6:30 p.m., on CBS, the Patriots kick off against rival Baltimore.
There is some recent history between the two teams, beginning in 2009, when the Ravens marched into Foxboro and stunned the heavily favored Patriots, 33-14 to knock the home team out of the playoffs. New England got some revenge in the AFC Championship Game last year, beating the Ravens 23-20 to advance to the Super Bowl. The two met again early this season, with the Ravens holding on for a nail-biting 31-30 win in Baltimore.
The two winners Sunday move on to the Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans on Sunday, Feb. 3. It would be the second-straight Super Bowl for the Patriots, eighth in team history. It would also be the sixth appearance in the biggest game of the year for the Patriots since Tom Brady took over as quarterback in 2001. The team has won three, but has lost its last two.
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If you plan to tune in locally to this weekend’s playoff action then stop by one of these places in and around Lexington to watch the game(s):
- Waxy O'Connors
- Vine Brook Tavern
- Chili's Grill and Bar – 108 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington
- Lester's Roadside Bar-B-Q - 376 Cambridge St., Burlington
- Fitzwilliams Irish Pub - 1 Burlington Mall Road
- UNO Chicago Grill – 75 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington
Know any other great spots to catch the game? Add them to the comments section below.
If you're planning on hosting a football party, we've also collected this list of places in Bedford to help you get ready for the big game.
- Stop & Shop
- Whole Foods in Bedford
- Busa Wine & Spirits on Mass Ave
- Busa Wine & Spirits on Bedford Street
- Omni's Crushed Grapes & More