In the NFL, the representatives for the AFC and NFC in the Super Bowl are set. The New England Patriots beat the Baltimore Ravens in the first game Sunday afternoon 23 -20. The Ravens managed to limit the damage of the Patriots lethal passing attack to fewer than 250 yards in the air and Tom Brady had no touchdowns and two interceptions.  But even though Brady had a less than stellar performance, he leaped into the end zone for the go ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Ravens were then down by three going into their final drive of the game and with just seconds remaining on the clock, former pro bowl kicker, Billy Cundiff, had a chance to send the game to overtime. And what did he do? He shanked the kick wide left.

The second game had the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers facing off in rainy weather at Candlestick Park. Eli Manning threw for more than 300 yards and two touchdowns in a 20 – 17 overtime win. The defensive battle had 9 total sacks between the two teams, but the story of the game was Kyle Williams. The wide receiver was returning punts for the 49ers and lost two of them, both of which led to Giants scores, including the final game winning field goal in overtime.  With the win, Manning now has won five career road playoff games, which gives him more road playoff wins than anyone in history. With the Giants win, the 2007 Super Bowl matchup will be replayed in Indianapolis.

The world of college football lost a coaching legend on Sunday. Joe Paterno, longtime Penn State football coach died at the age of 85 after a bout with cancer. Many rumors over the past 48 hours surfaced about Paterno’s status, and he was officially pronounced dead at 9:25 Sunday morning. Paterno had 409 career victories, which gives him the record of most victories in college football history and led Penn State to 37 bowl games. Paterno was with the Penn State program for more than 60 years and was the head coach for nearly 50 of them. The end of Paterno’s life was full of stress and drama with the child sex abuse scandal.  Paterno is survived by his wife and five children

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