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This time, Joe Flacco is conquering hero

FOXBOROUGH — A year ago Joe Flacco had walked along the corridor to the visitors’ locker room along with his fellow zombies. The winning touchdown pass had been knocked away, the tying field goal had sailed wide, and a season had ended one game early. This time, it was Flacco taking a knee at Gillette Stadium and striding down the same hall into the same room as a conqueror and his jubilant teammates whooped around him.

Baltimore did it the hard way this season, stifling the Colts in the wild-card game, shocking the Broncos in double-overtime at altitude, and handing the Patriots their first home defeat in an AFC Championship game.

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