GAME TIME: 6:30 p.m. EST
TV NETWORK: CBS
TV ANNOUNCERS: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Steve Tasker and Solomon Wilcots.
RADIO NETWORK: Anchored by WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub)
RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Gil Santos and Scott Zolak
ALL-TIME SERIES BETWEEN THE TEAMS: Patriots lead, 7-2
LAST MEETING: Ravens 31, Patriots 30 on Sept. 23, 2012 at M&T Bank Stadium.
The Patriots are 7-1 in AFC Championship Games, including a 4-0 record at home overall and a 3-0 record at Gillette Stadium. Their only AFC Championship Game loss was in 2006 at Indianapolis.
With a victory, the Patriots will advance to their eighth Super Bowl, matching Dallas and Pittsburgh for the most Super Bowl appearances.
The Patriots and Ravens will face off in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium for the second consecutive season. It is the fourth time since the AFL-NFL merger that two teams have met in the AFC Championship Game in consecutive seasons. (The others: The Broncos and Browns -- the Ravens' predecessors - in 1986-87, the Steelers and Oilers in 1978-79, and the Raiders and Steelers from 1974-76.) Oakland and Pittsburgh are the only teams to meet in three consecutive AFC Championship Games. It will be just the second time that the same two teams have met in the same city for the AFC Championship Game and the first since the Pittsburgh Steelers hosted the Houston Oilers in 1978 and 1979.
The Patriots have compiled a 24-16 record in their 40 playoff games and their .600 playoff winning percentage is tied for fourth-best in NFL history among teams that have played at least 15 playoff games. New England has qualified for seven Super Bowls (XX, XXXI, XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLII and XLVI) and one AFL Championship Game (1963).
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Bill Belichick (18) needs one more postseason victory to move into a second-place tie with Don Shula (19) for most playoff coaching wins, behind Tom Landry (20).
Belichick needs to earn one more Super Bowl berth to match Don Shula with six.
Tom Brady (23) needs to start in one more postseason game to match Brett Favre (24) for the most postseason starts by an NFL quarterback. He is tied with Joe Montana with 23 postseason starts.
Brady (41) needs four more postseason touchdowns passes to move past Montana (45) and Brett Favre (44) for the all-time lead.
Brady (5,629) needs 227 postseason yards to set the all-time NFL record for most postseason yards. Brett Favre (5,855), Joe Montana (5,772) and Peyton Manning (5,679) are currently ahead of Brady.
Brady (5) needs to play in one more Super Bowl to match DL Mike Lodish, who played in six (4 with Buffalo and two with Denver).
Brady (5) needs one more 300-yard game in the postseason to tie Kurt Warner (6) and Joe Montana (6) for second, behind Peyton Manning (8).
Welker (569) needs 128 postseason receiving yards to move past Troy Brown (694) into second place all-time on the franchise list of postseason receiving yards, behind Deion Branch (836).