Top-seeded Patriots rally to edge Flacco and Ravens

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 10, 2015 8:28 PM

(Reuters) - The New England Patriots, energized by a third-quarter trick play, overcame double digit leads by Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens for a 35-31 playoff victory on Sunday.

The triumph put the Patriots in next weekend's AFC title game against the winner of Sunday's Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos contest.

Receiver Julian Edelman pulled the Patriots, who had trailed 14-0 and 28-14, even on a trick 51-yard pass to Danny Amendola and New England, after a Baltimore field goal, took the lead on a Tom Brady record-breaking touchdown pass.

Flacco had passed for four touchdowns in the first three quarters, twice staking the Ravens to their double-digit leads.

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Brady threw for 367 yards and three touchdowns, breaking the record for postseason scoring passes. He also scored on a four-yard run.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina)