Monday was a good day to be a Patriots fan. Truth be told, there have been a lot of good Mondays over the past 12 years. For the seventh time in that period, the Patriots will play for the AFC crown and chance to go to the Super Bowl. And for the second straight season, that game will be played right here in the friendly confines of Gillette Stadium against the Baltimore Ravens.

Not to bring up old stuff (or worry anyone) but do you remember just how close the Ravens came to beating the Pats here last year? This close:

The Pats, of course, earned the right to host the Championship game with a 41-28 victory Sunday over the Houston Texans in a game that everyone from CBS Sports to ESPN called a "domination."

Today on BPR, we discussed the Pats Super Bowl chances and other sports headlines, from Lance Armstrong's Oprah interview to the waning popularity of tennis.