NFL’S “FANTASTIC FOUR” READY FOR CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND
“This is playoff football,” says Baltimore Ravens linebacker RAY LEWIS. “Year after year, time after time, great competition is going against each other. It really doesn’t get any better. That’s what playoff football is all about.”
For the first time since 2006, the final four teams are all division champions.
|AFC Championship Game||Baltimore Ravens||New England Patriots||3:00 PM ET||CBS|
|NFC Championship Game||New York Giants||San Francisco 49ers||6:30 PM ET||FOX|
In the AFC Divisional Playoffs, the No. 2 seeded Ravens outlasted No. 3 Houston in Baltimore by a score of 20-13. Quarterback JOE FLACCO threw a pair of first-quarter touchdown passes as the Ravens built a 17-3 lead they would not relinquish.
Baltimore will travel to New England to face the top-seeded Patriots, who set a single-game franchise playoff record for points scored in their 45-10 home victory over Denver on Saturday night.
The Giants advanced to the NFC Championship Game by winning in Green Bay and eliminating the No. 1 seeded Packers. New York, which beat the Packers 23-20 in overtime en route to Super Bowl XLII, won 37-20 on Sunday afternoon and became the first NFL team to win two road playoff games in Green Bay.
San Francisco moved on with a 36-32 home victory in a back-and-forth contest with New Orleans, with quarterback ALEX SMITH and tight end VERNON DAVIS eliciting memories of “The Catch” as they connected on a game-winning touchdown pass with nine seconds left in the fourth quarter.
With each of the four remaining playoff clubs looking to capitalize on the momentum built this past weekend in hopes of advancing to Super Bowl XLVI, they’ll have their work cut out for them on Championship Weekend.
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