Conference Championship Sunday Preview & Injury Report

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Conference Championship Sunday


Jan 22, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) reaches the ball over the goal line to score a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

AFC Championship: Baltimore Ravens (10-6) at New England Patriots (12-4), 6:30 p.m. EST

The New England Patriots will have to try and win their fourth Super Bowl under head coach Bill Belichick in a 2012 AFC Championship rematch against the Baltimore Ravens, but they’ll be missing a significant piece this time around. The Pats averaged 35 points and 433 yards per game in 11 games with All-Pro TE Rob Gronkowski this season versus 34 points and 417 yards per in five games without him. Only once in the 42 previous seasons since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 has a conference championship matchup and site been the same in back-to-back years (Houston at Pittsburgh, 1978, 1979.)

The Baltimore Ravens are looking to advance to their first Super Bowl since 2001, Ray Lewis‘ fifth season in the NFL. It could be the last time we see Lewis on an NFL field after he announced he would retire this offseason, but after scoring a miracle win on Saturday vs. the Denver Broncos, he may be destined to ride out into the sunset as a champion.


PROBABLE: CB Marquice Cole (finger), DE Chandler Jones (ankle), OL Nick McDonald (shoulder), DE Trevor Scott (knee), RB Danny Woodhead (thumb).


OUT: CB Asa Jackson (thigh).

QUESTIONABLE: LB Dannell Ellerbe (ankle/back), FB Vonta Leach (knee/ankle), RB Bernard Pierce (knee), WR David Reed (thigh).

PROBABLE: RB Anthony Allen (head), WR Anquan Boldin (shoulder), CB Chykie Brown (shoulder), DT Terrance Cody (ankle), G Gino Gradkowski (head), DT Arthur Jones (thigh/knee), LB Ray Lewis (triceps), LB Albert McClellan (shoulder), DE Pernell McPhee (thigh), DT Haloti Ngata (knee), S Bernard Pollard (chest), S Ed Reed (shoulder), CB Jimmy Smith (abdominal), WR Torrey Smith (back), LB Terrell Suggs (Achilles/biceps) G Marshal Yanda (shoulder).



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