The New England Patriots host the Baltimore Ravens Gillette Stadium in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, battling for the right to go to their second straight Super Bowl, and sixth in the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era.
The NFL Championship Weekend begins Sunday at 3 p.m. on Fox when the Atlanta Falcons host the San Fransisco 49ers to determine the NFC champion. Then, at 6:30 p.m., on CBS, the Patriots kick off against rival Baltimore.
There is some recent history between the two teams, beginning in 2009, when the Ravens marched into Foxboro and stunned the heavily favored Patriots, 33-14 to knock the home team out of the playoffs. New England got some revenge in the AFC Championship Game last year, beating the Ravens 23-20 to advance to the Super Bowl. The two met again early this season, with the Ravens holding on for a nail-biting 31-30 win in Baltimore.
The two winners Sunday move on to the Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans on Sunday, Feb. 3. It would be the second straight Super Bowl for the Patriots, eighth in team history. It would also be the sixth appearance in the biggest game of the year for the Patriots since Tom Brady took over as quarterback in 2001. The team has won three, but has lost its last two.
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Whether you're hosting a party, or going out to a local spot to watch, here's a list of places in Bristol and Warren to help you get ready for the big game.
- Seabra Supermarket, 1150 Hope St.
- Stop & Shop, 605 Metacom Ave.
- Bristol Liquors, 390 Metacom Ave., Bristol
- 1776 Liquors, 597 Metacom Ave., Bristol
- Mount Hope Liquor Store, 678 Hope St., Bristol
- Viola's Liquor Store, 219 Wood St., Bristol
- Ocean State Liquors, 601 Metacom Ave., Warren
- Patriot Wine and Spirits, 145 Main St., Warren
- Malik's Fine Wine & Spirits, 254 Market St., Warren
Clubs & Bars:
Check out our list of 13 local spots under the Nightlife category of the Bristol-Warren Patch Directory.
We also have dozens of local restaurants that offer take-out and delivery — click here for a full list of take-out places in Bristol and Warren.