FOX Sports Senior NFL Writer Alex Marvez takes a look at the most memorable AFC and NFC Conference title games since the league adopted a 12-team postseason format in 1990. -- Alex Marvez
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1990 NFC: New York Giants 15, San Francisco 13
San Francisco's attempt to win an unprecedented three straight Super Bowl titles fell short. The Giants converted a late Roger Craig fumble into Matt Bahr’s game-winning 42-yard field goal as time expired at Candlestick Park.
1992 NFC: Dallas 30, San Francisco 20
After a win helped by four 49ers turnovers, head coach Jimmy Johnson celebrated the franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance in 15 seasons by shouting his now-famous line, “How ’bout them Cowboys!”
Getty ImagesOtto Greule Jr
1994 NFC: San Francisco 38, Dallas 28
Following two previous NFC title game losses to the Cowboys, San Francisco finally got over the hump to keep Dallas from a Super Bowl three-peat attempt. The 49ers jumped to a 21-0 lead from which Dallas couldn’t recover.
AFP/Getty ImagesJOHN MABANGLO
1994 AFC: San Diego 17, Pittsburgh 13
The Steelers entered so overconfident that some players had already practiced for a Super Bowl rap video they were planning after beating San Diego. The music and championship dream died when the underdog Chargers overcame a 13-3 deficit behind the passing of quarterback Stan Humphries.
AFP/Getty ImagesJEFF HAYNES
1995 AFC: Pittsburgh 20, Indianapolis 16
The Steelers took the lead late on a Bam Morris touchdown run and held on for the victory after defensive back Randy Fuller defended Colts quarterback Jim Harbaugh’s Hail Mary heave to wide receiver Aaron Bailey as time expired.
AFP/Getty ImagesHENNY ABRAMS
1998 NFC: Atlanta 30, Minnesota 27 (OT)
A Vikings squad that entered with only one loss went down in improbable fashion. Minnesota kicker Gary Anderson, who hadn’t missed a field goal all season, shanked a late 38-yard attempt to give Atlanta the chance to rally for overtime and Morten Andersen’s game-winning kick.
AFP/Getty ImagesCRAIG LASSIG
1999 NFC: St. Louis 11, Tampa Bay 6
The controversial overturning of a key catch by Buccaneers wide receiver Bert Emanuel via instant replay in the final minute helped the “Greatest Show on Turf” extend its run to the Super Bowl.
Getty ImagesJoe Robbins
2001 AFC: New England 24, Pittsburgh 17
Drew Bledsoe had one final Patriots hurrah after being supplanted as New England’s starting quarterback by Tom Brady. Bledsoe replaced an injured Brady and threw a touchdown pass as the Patriots reached the first of their five Super Bowls under head coach Bill Belichick.
AFP/Getty ImagesTIMOTHY A. CLARY
2002 NFC: Tampa Bay 27, Philadelphia 10
Philadelphia’s final game at Veterans Stadium is one the franchise would rather forget. Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber’s interception of a Donovan McNabb pass and subsequent 92-yard touchdown return helped propel the Bucs to their first Super Bowl appearance.
Getty ImagesDoug Pensinger
2006 AFC: Indianapolis 38, New England 34
From Peyton Manning’s standpoint, this is the best of his 16 career matchups against fellow quarterback Tom Brady. Manning spearheaded the Colts’ wild comeback from a 21-3 deficit to reach his first career Super Bowl.
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2007 NFC: New York Giants 23, Green Bay 20 (OT)
Brett Favre’s last game as Packers quarterback didn’t end in storybook fashion. Giants cornerback Corey Webster intercepted Favre in overtime to help set up Lawrence Tynes’ game-winning field goal in frigid conditions at Lambeau Field.
Getty ImagesJonathan Ferrey
2009 NFC: New Orleans 31, Minnesota 28 (OT)
Brett Favre’s heroics in returning from a second-half ankle injury were for naught. The Saints took the game into overtime by intercepting Favre late in the fourth quarter and then drove for Garrett Hartley’s game-winning field goal without giving Minnesota’s offense another possession after winning the coin toss.
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2011 AFC: New England 23, Baltimore 20
The Ravens squandered the chance for a road upset on their final drive. Wide receiver Lee Evans couldn’t corral a Joe Flacco pass in the end zone and Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter.
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2011 NFC: New York Giants 20, San Francisco 17 (OT)
Giants quarterback Eli Manning took a beating from San Francisco’s defense, but it was 49ers wide receiver Kyle Williams who felt worse afterwards. Two Williams fumbles on punt returns helped the Giants escape with the victory.
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2012 NFC: San Francisco 28, Atlanta 24
Even after Atlanta took an early 17-0 lead, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was nonplussed in leading a road comeback that sent San Francisco to its first Super Bowl in 18 seasons.
Getty ImagesScott Cunningham
2013 NFC: Seattle 23, San Francisco 17
Richard Sherman followed one of the most memorable game-clinching plays in NFC Championship game history -- tipping a pass that teammate Malcolm Smith intercepted in the end zone -- with an unforgettable ranting postgame interview with FOX’s Erin Andrews.
Getty ImagesJonathan Ferrey
2014 NFC: Seattle 28, Green Bay 22 (OT)
The Packers had a Super Bowl berth all-but locked up, leading 19-7 with just under five minutes to go. Russell Wilson had thrown four interceptions until that point. Seahawks fans started leaving -- and then the rook caved in for Green Bay. Seattle scored two quick touchdows to take a 22-19 lead -- helped by Brandon Bostick's mishap on the Seattle onsides kick -- and then won in overtime by winning the coin toss and scoring a touchdown.
Getty ImagesRonald Martinez
2014 season: New England 45, Indianapolis 7
This game isn’t memorable for the result itself but the fallout that stemmed from allegations the Patriots had doctored footballs to benefit quarterback Tom Brady. “Deflategate” still lingers to this day. The NFL is set to return to court in March to contend the district court ruling that overturned Brady’s four-game suspension levied by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell following a controversial league investigation.