FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Patriots owner Robert Kraft was standing in the locker room, the AFC championship trophy cradled in his left arm, when his cellphone rang.
It was Elton John, calling to congratulate him on his sixth trip to the Super Bowl in the 18 years since buying the team.
The Patriots advanced to the final game with a 23-20 victory Sunday over Baltimore that was sealed when Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal attempt with 11 seconds remaining. New England will play the winner of the NFC championship game between the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis.
For Kraft, the victory extends an emotional season. His wife, Myra, died in July during the negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement.