Ranking the Patriots 11 AFC Championship Games since 2001

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1. 2011 AFC Championship Game – Baltimore Ravens

Final: Patriots 23, Ravens 20

Yes, I know the Patriots were upset in the Super Bowl again this year, but this AFC title game was so much fun. It was so close all night, and with the ending, this was a classic.

In the first quarter, a Stephen Gostkowski field goal was the only score. The second quarter had a bunch of action though. Billy Cundiff hit a 20-yard field goal for the Ravens, but the Patriots got into the end zone on a 7-yard BenJarvus Green-Ellis rush. The Ravens responded. Joe Flacco connected with his tight end Dennis Pitta to tie the game 10-10, but with 3 minutes to go before the half Gostkowski nailed another field goal.

Scoring in the second half also opened with a Gostkowski kick to put New England ahead 16-10. The one score game was too close, and the Ravens were able to take a lead with another Flacco touchdown. This time it was a 29-yarder to Torrey Smith. A Cundiff field goal pushed the Ravens lead to 20-16. In the final quarter, the Patriots needed to score, and Tom Brady got them in the end zone on a 1-yard rush. Now, it was all up to the defense.

The Ravens were able to get down the field, but Sterling Moore had a couple of pass breakups to keep Baltimore out of the end zone. The Ravens had to send Billy Cundiff on for a 32-yard field goal attempt to try to tie the game and send it to over time. He missed wide left, and the Patriots advanced to the Super Bowl once again.

Cundiff took it personally, even though his teammates had his back.

"“When it’s your job … and get paid to make field goals, I think you have to take it personally,” Cundiff said. “First and foremost is to stand up and face the music and move on.”"

So, which game do you feel is the best Patriots win? Which is the worst? Vote below!

The Patriots will attempt to add another big win to this list on Sunday in their 7th straight AFC Championship Game.

Next: How the Patriots matchup with the Jags

New England and the Jacksonville Jaguars will kick things off at 3:05 PM at Gillette Stadium with a trip to Super Bowl LII in Minnesota on the line. In the NFC, the Vikings are attempting to become the first team to play in a Super Bowl at home as they go on the road to take on the top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles. Both games should be a lot of fun to watch, and history will be made one way or the other.