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Game Notes: Patriots advance to their 4th straight AFC title game

The following are game notes from the Patriots 35-31 win over the Ravens in the Divisional Playoffs.

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TEAM NOTES**

ROBERT KRAFT EARNS HIS 22ND POSTSEASON WIN
Robert Kraft has 22 career postseasons wins and is now tied with Eddie DeBartalo, Jr. for the fourth-most wins by an ownership group in NFL history.

WINS OWNERSHIP
33 The Rooney Family, Pittsburgh (1933-present)
30 Green Bay Packers, Inc., Green Bay (1919-present)
24 The Mara Family, New York Giants (1925-present)
22 Robert Kraft, New England (1994-present)
22 Eddie DeBartalo, Jr., San Francisco (1977-1999)
21 Al Davis, Oakland/Los Angeles (1972-2011)
20 Clint Murchison, Jr., Dallas (1960-1984)

PATRIOTS ADVANCE TO THEIR FOURTH STRAIGHT AFC TITLE GAME
The Patriots will advance to the AFC Championship game for the fourth straight season, joining Oakland (5 - 1973-77), Philadelphia (4 - 2001-04) Buffalo (4 - 1990-93) and Dallas (4 - 1970-73 and 1992-95) as the only teams to reach at least four straight conference championship games.

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The New England Patriots take on the Baltimore Ravens in a Divisional Playoff game at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, January 10, 2015.

PATRIOTS ADVANCE TO 11th AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME OVERALL**
The Patriots are 7-3 in AFC Championship Games, including a 4-1 record at home and a 3-1 record at Gillette Stadium.

PATRIOTS HAVE LARGEST PLAYOFF COMEBACK IN TEAM HISTORY
The Patriots defeated Baltimore 35-31 after twice facing 14-point deficits in the game (14-0 and 28-14). The 14-point comeback was the largest in the team's postseason history, topping the 11-point comeback in a 24-21 win at San Diego on January 14, 2007.

PATRIOTS WIN 100th OVERALL GAME AT GILLETTE STADIUM
Since their state-of-the-art facility opened at the beginning of the 2002 season, the Patriots own the NFL's best record at home overall. The Patriots own an overall record of 88-16 (.846) at Gillette Stadium in regular season games and a 100-19 (.840) record including playoffs.

PATRIOTS ALL-TIME IN PLAYOFF GAMES
The Patriots have compiled a 26-18 record in their 44 playoff games and their .591 playoff winning percentage ranks fifth in NFL history among teams that have played at least 15 playoff games.

PATRIOTS IMPROVE TO 8-1 IN DIVISIONAL GAMES AFTER A BYE UNDER BELICHICK
The Patriots improved to an 8-1 record in Divisional Playoff games after a bye week under Bill Belichick.

PATRIOTS HAVE THIRD-BEST POSTSEASON WINNING PERCENTAGE AT HOME
The Patriots have a 16-4 (.800) all-time record in home playoff games. The Patriots' .800 winning percentage at home in the postseason ranks second among teams with at least 10 home playoff games.

HOT WHEN IT IS COLD
The Patriots have now played in 12 playoff games when the kickoff temperature is less than 30 degrees, and New England is 11-1 in those games. The temperature at kickoff of today's game was 20 degrees. That marked the coldest kickoff temperature for a Patriots game since January 10, 2010, when the temperature was also 20 degrees for a playoff game against Baltimore. Today's game tied that 2010 game for the third-coldest playoff game in Patriots history, trailing only the 4-degree divisional playoff game against Tennessee on January 10, 2004, and the 11-degree AFC Championship game at Pittsburgh on January 23, 2005.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

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BELICHICK TIES TOM LANDRY FOR MOST POSTSEASON WINS**
With today's victory over Baltimore, Bill Belichick collected his 20th career playoff win, tying Tom Landry (20) for the most career postseason wins by a head coach.

BELICHICK ADVANCES TO 9th CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP AS A HEAD COACH
Bill Belichick reached his ninth conference championship as a head coach, ranking second in NFL history to the 10 by Tom Landry.

BRADY SETS NFL RECORD WITH 46th CAREER PLAYOFF TD PASS
Tom Brady had three touchdown passes against the Ravens, and his 23-yard scoring pass to Brandon LaFell in the fourth quarter was the 46th playoff touchdown pass of his career, passing Joe Montana's total of 45 to set a new NFL record.

BRADY MOVES UP NFL PLAYOFF PASSING LISTS
Tom Brady improved upon his standing on the NFL's all-time postseason passing lists. Following the Baltimore game, Brady was the all-time NFL leader in passing yards, completions, playoff victories as a starting quarterback, and postseason starts at quarterback.

BRADY HAS SEVENTH CAREER 300-YARD PASSING GAME IN THE PLAYOFFS
Tom Brady threw for 367 passing yards, marking his seventh career playoff game with 300 or more passing yards. That total ranks second in NFL history.

TOM BRADY TIES TEAM RECORD WITH FIVE CAREER POSTSEASON RUSHING TDS
Tom Brady scored on a 4-yard touchdown run in the first quarter for his fifth career rushing touchdown in the postseason. His five rushing touchdowns are tied with Curtis Martin for most postseason rushing touchdowns in team history. The only NFL quarterbacks with more rushing touchdowns than Brady's five are Steve Young, Steve McNair and John Elway.

MOST PLAYOFF RUSH TD BY A QB
Steve Young 8
John Elway 6
Steve McNair 6
Tom Brady 5
Otto Graham 5

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TOM BRADY SETS FRANCHISE PLAYOFF RECORD WITH 367 PASSING YARDS**
Tom Brady threw for 367 passing yards on 33-of-50 passes, setting a new franchise playoff record for most passing yards in a game. The previous team playoff record was 363 passing yards, set by Brady against Denver on January 14, 2012.

BRADY WILL SET AN NFL RECORD WITH HIS 9th START IN A CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Tom Brady is slated to make his ninth start in a Conference Championship game, which would set a new NFL record. Safety Charlie Waters (DAL) and Linebacker Jack Reynolds (LA Rams/SF) are currently tied with Brady for the NFL record with eight starts in a conference championship. By omitting the season Brady missed due to injury in 2008, the Patriots have made nine title games in 13 seasons with Brady as the starter.

WR JULIAN EDELMAN THROWNS FIRST NFL TOUCHDOWN PASS
WR Julian Edelman threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to WR Danny Amendola in the third quarter to tie the game at 28-28. It was Edelman's first NFL pass attempt. Edelman played quarterback in college at Kent State. Against the Ravens, Edelman caught a lateral from Tom Brady and then connected with Amendola for the touchdown.

EDELMAN'S TD TOSS WAS PATRIOTS' FIRST TD PASS BY A NON-QB SINCE 2004
Julian Edelman's 51-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola was the first touchdown pass thrown by a Patriots player other than a quarterback since kicker Adam Vinatieri threw a 4-yard scoring pass to Troy Brown at St. Louis on Nov. 7, 2004. The last time a Patriots wide receiver threw a touchdown pass was on Oct. 21, 2001, when David Patten threw a 60-yard scoring pass to Troy Brown. Edelman became the third wide receiver in NFL history to throw a touchdown pass in the playoffs, joining Pittsburgh's Antwaan Randle-El (2/5/06 vs. Seattle) and Detroit's Jerry Reichow (12/29/57 vs. Cleveland). Edelman joins David Patten (11/21/01) and Gino Cappelletti (10/1/61) as the only wide receivers in Patriots history to throw touchdown passes. Edelman is the only New England wide receiver to throw a touchdown pass in the playoffs.

STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI REACHES 100 POSTSEASON POINTS
Stephen Gostkowski had 5 extra points against Baltimore and became just the seventh player in NFL history with at least 100 kicking points in the postseason on a first-quarter extra point. Gostkowski became the second Patriots player to score 100 playoff points, joining Adam Vinatieri (117). Gostkowski and Vinatieri are the only active players with 100 or more points in the playoffs. Gostkowski is the 11th player in NFL history to have 100 or more playoff points and is the seventh kicker to achieve the feat.

Patriots with 100 or More Points in the Postseason
Adam Vinatieri (117 points – 26 FGs, 39 PATs)
Stephen Gostkowski (104 – 17 FGs, 37 PATs)

Most Kicking Points in the Postseason
1.Adam Vinatieri 227
2.David Akers 175
3.Gary Anderson 153
4.George Blanda 115
5.Matt Stover 106
6.Stephen Gostkowski 104
7.Matt Bahr 103

Most Points in the Postseason
1.Adam Vinatieri 227
2.David Akers 175
3.Gary Anderson 153
4.Jerry Rice 132
5.Emmitt Smith 126
5.Thurman Thomas 126
7.George Blanda 115
8.Matt Stover 106
9.Stephen Gostkowski 104
10.Matt Bahr 103
11.Franco Harris 102

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WR DANNY AMENDOLA HAS TWO TOUCHDOWNS, FIVE CATCHES, AND 81 YARDS**
WR Danny Amendola caught two touchdown passes, marking his first career game with two or more touchdown catches (including regular season and playoffs). Amendola had one scoring catch in the 2014 regular season. Amendola scored his first NFL postseason touchdown on a 15-yard touchdown pass from QB Tom Brady in the second quarter. He added his second touchdown on a 51-yard reception from WR Julian Edelman in the third quarter. Amendola's 81 receiving yards were his highest total of the 2014 season (65 yards at NYJ).

ROB GRONKOWSKI HAS SECOND 100-YARD POSTSEASON GAME
TE Rob Gronkowski registered his second career 100-yard receiving game in the postseason, finishing the game with 108 yards on seven receptions. It is the 18th time in team history that a Patriots player has had a 100-yard receiving day in the postseason. Gronkowski's other 100-yard game in the playoffs was when he had 10 receptions for 145 yards vs. Denver on Jan. 14, 2012.

ROB GRONKOWSKI HAS POSTSEASON LONG OF 46
Rob Gronkowski caught a 46-yard pass in the first quarter for his longest postseason receptions. His previous best was a 37-yarder vs. the New York Jets on Jan. 16, 2011.

WR DANNY AMENDOLA'S 15-YARD TD WAS HIS FIRST IN THE POSTSEASON
WR Danny Amendola scored his first NFL postseason touchdown on a 15-yard touchdown pass from QB Tom Brady in the second quarter.

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DURON HARMON INTERCEPTION HELPS STYMIE RAVENS BID**
CB Duron Harmon intercepted a Joe Flacco pass in the end zone with 1:39 left to preserve the Patriots' 35-31 lead and allow the Patriots to run down the clock and thwart a potential game-winning drive by Baltimore. The interception was the first of Harmon's playoff career.

DEVIN MCCOURTY REGISTERS FIRST POSTSEASON INTERCEPTION
Devin McCourty intercepted Joe Flacco in the third quarter for his first postseason interception.

DEFENSIVE QUICK HITS

  • Dont'a Hightower tackled Ravens RB Fitzgerald Toussaint for a 7-yard loss on a pass play in the second quarter with the Patriots trailing 14-7, setting up a third-and-12 that Baltimore did not convert. The stop helped to set up a Patriots scoring drive that ended in Danny Amendola's 15-yard scoring catch that tied the game at 14.
  • Devin McCourty provided tight coverage on Baltimore TE Owen Daniels on third down in the second quarter with the Patriots trailing 14-7, forcing a Baltimore punt on the next play. The stop helped to set up a Patriots scoring drive that ended in Danny Amendola's 15-yard scoring catch that tied the game at 14.
  • Dont'a Hightower tackled Ravens RB Justin Forsett for a 1-yard loss on second down in the third quarter, with the Patriots trailing 28-21, setting up a third-and-11 that the Ravens did not convert and helping the Patriots defense force a stop that set up Julian Edelman's 51-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola that tied the game at 28.
  • Rob Ninkovich and Kyle Arrington teamed up to tackle Baltimore WR Michael Campanaro for no gain on a reverse on third-and-1 in the second quarter, helping to force a Ravens punt on the next play and give the Patriots the ball back with an opportunity to score in the final two minutes of the first half.

LINEUP NOTES

RB BRANDON BOLDEN MAKES FIRST NFL POSTSEASON START
RB Brandon Bolden made his first NFL postseason start.

PATRIOTS PLAYERS MAKING CAREER PLAYOFF DEBUT
- Akeem Ayers
- Malcolm Butler (rookie)
- Darius Fleming
- Josh Kline
- Bryan Stork (rookie)
- Brian Tyms
- Tim Wright

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