Sunday, Jan. 22
Baltimore (13-4) at New England (14-3), 3 p.m. EST. John Harbaugh's Ravens are 1-6 against the Patriots, who are in their sixth AFC title game under Bill Belichick, but Baltimore's lone win came in the postseason two years ago.
New York Giants (11-7) at San Francisco (14-3), 6:30 p.m. EST. Eli Manning's Giants are coming off a stunning victory over Green Bay, the reigning Super Bowl champs, and are in the NFC championship game for the second time in four years. The 49ers, who won their first playoff game in nine years, stunned the Giants 39-38 in the playoffs in January 2003.
-Eli Manning, Giants, threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns in New York's 37-20 victory at Green Bay.
-Joe Flacco, Ravens, had two touchdown passes, both in the first half, to help Baltimore set the tone early in a 20-13 win over Houston.
-Arian Foster, Texans, ran for 132 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries in a losing cause as Houston lost 20-13 at Baltimore. He was the first player to rush for 100 yards against the Ravens in the postseason.
-Hakeem Nicks, Giants, caught seven passes for 165 yards and two scores, including a 37-yard heave before halftime, to help lead New York past Green Bay 37-20.
-Andre Johnson, Texans, had eight receptions for 111 yards in Houston's 20-13 loss to Baltimore.
-Lardarius Webb, Ravens, had two interceptions in Baltimore's 20-13 win over Houston.
-Michael Boley, Giants, had nine tackles and two sacks in New York's 37-20 victory at Green Bay.
-Ed Reed, Ravens, sealed Baltimore's 20-13 victory with an interception near the goal line in the closing minutes against Houston.
-Danieal Manning, Texans, took the opening kickoff 60 yards to put Houston in excellent field position before the Texans settled for a field goal in a 20-13 loss at Baltimore.
With Green Bay falling to the New York Giants on Sunday, both top seeds in the NFC and AFC conferences will again not advance to the Super Bowl. Only three times have both No. 1 teams gotten there: the 2009 season, with Indianapolis and New Orleans; 1993, with Buffalo and Dallas; and 1991, with Buffalo and Washington.
Houston's Arian Foster ran for 285 yards in the postseason, including 132 at Baltimore on Sunday, the most by a player in his first two NFL playoff games. ... Green Bay's Donald Driver caught three passes in the Packers' 37-20 loss to the New York Giants, giving him a franchise-record 49 postseason receptions in his career.
SAFE AT HOME
Baltimore's 20-13 win over Houston on Sunday improved home teams to 7-0 in the postseason, but the New York Giants broke the streak by beating the Packers 37-20 at Green Bay. Since the current playoff setup was created in 1990, where there are eight total games in the wild-card and divisional playoff rounds, home teams have still never won all eight games. ... The Ravens finished 9-0 at home this season, but it was their first playoff win at home since 2000.
Green Bay lost three fumbles, including one on a rare giveaway by Aaron Rodgers, and New York also sacked him four times in the Giants' 37-20 win Sunday.
SEALING THE DEAL
Ed Reed clinched Baltimore's 20-13 victory over Houston with the Ravens' fourth takeaway, an interception near the goal line in the closing minutes. Reed has eight interceptions in 10 career playoff games.
SAN FRANCISCO TREAT
The New York Giants advanced to the NFC championship game with a 37-20 win at Green Bay on Sunday, and will take on the San Francisco 49ers, a team they are 3-4 against in the playoffs. One of those losses was the Giants' memorable collapse in a wild-card game at San Francisco on Jan. 5, 2003. New York led 38-14 in the third quarter, but fell apart and lost 39-38.
Baltimore had almost as many punts (nine) as first downs (11) and scored only three points over the final 46 minutes of its 20-13 win over Houston on Sunday. But the Ravens weren't penalized once, didn't commit a turnover, intercepted rookie quarterback T.J. Yates three times and totaled four takeaways - two in the first quarter and two over the final eight minutes.
Baltimore's 20-13 win over Houston improved the Ravens to 6-0 against the Texans, including 2-0 this season.
Kris Wilson's 1-yard touchdown catch for Baltimore gave the Ravens a 7-3 lead in the first quarter - an advantage they wouldn't relinquish in a 20-13 victory Sunday - and was the tight end's first catch of the season.
''I always say there is a right way to do things, there is a wrong way to do things and there is just the Ravens' way of doing things. It wasn't pretty, but we're not really a pretty team. We got the `W' and now it's on to the AFC championship.'' - Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs after the Ravens advanced to the AFC championship game with a 20-13 win over Houston on Sunday.
''This team knows how to win on the road. It seems like right now it's our time.'' - New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck following a 37-20 win at Green Bay.