After holding off the Ravens, 23-20, in the AFC championship game, Bill Belichick's Patriots are going to the Super Bowl for the fifth time. Together with Tom Brady, that's the most Super Bowl trips of any coach-quarterback combination in league history.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, in postgame remarks on the field following the Patriots' 23-20 victory to reach the Super Bowl, expressed gratitude to his defense for the role it played in punching New England's ticket to Indianapolis. Though Brady tied Joe Montana for the most playoff wins (16) in NFL history, he deflected credit for the accomplishment.

FOXBORO -- Billy Cundiff missed a potential game-tying 32-yard field goal wide left with 11 seconds remaining and Vince Wilfork forced a Joe Flacco incompletion on fourth-and-6 at the Patriots' 33 as New England held on for a heart-pounding 23-20 win over the Ravens in the AFC championship at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots will play in Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis after claiming their seventh AFC title. 

FOXBORO -- In a nightmarish scenario, Rob Gronkowski injured his left ankle on a tackle from Bernard Pollard late in the third quarter and had to be helped off the field. 

He was taken to the locker room for further examination. Gronkowski returned on the next series, blocking on the offensive line as Tom Brady dove head first into the end zone for TD on fourth and goal from the 1. 

It was Pollard who ended Brady's season in the 2008 season opener with a hit on the quarterback's left knee. 

FOXBORO -- Despite making the trip back from his father's funeral in Miami in time for today's AFC championship, Chad Ochocinco is inactive for the first time all season. 

Ochocinco's father passed away earlier in the week and he traveled to Miami on Friday following the team's final practice, missing Saturday's walkthrough.

Also inactive are running backs Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, linebacker Gary Guyton, offensive linemen Donald Thomas and Sebastian Vollmer and rookie quarterback Ryan Mallett.

FOXBORO -- With his offense preparing to take the field against the Ravens defense in the AFC championship, outgoing Patriots offensive coordinator and Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien remembered his predecessor Joe Paterno Sunday morning, hours after Paterno lost his battle with lung cancer.

Here are the 10 matchups to look for in Sunday’s AFC championship game between the Patriots and the Ravens at Gillette Stadium:



According to CSNNE.com, Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco boarded a plane headed for Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Friday night. The report was unable to say whether the wide receiver will be available for the AFC championship game on Sunday against the Ravens (particularly given the possible disruption to travel to and from New England as a result of snow).

Denver linebacker Von Miller and Patriots safety Patrick Chung were each hit with fines of $7,500 for infractions during last week's AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium, according to multiple reports. Chung was penalized for unnecessary roughness for a second-quarter hit, while Miller was also flagged for unnecessary roughness after taking a shot at Patriots center Dan Connolly following a late punt by quarterback Tom Brady. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

FOXBORO -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was removed from Friday's injury report and fully participated in practice again, the second straight day of "full participation" after missing Wednesday due to a reported sprained AC joint in his left shoulder.