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NFL Conference Championship Schedule Set for 2012
The NFL's final four is set as the divisional playoffs are complete. All of the home teams have won in the 2012 NFL playoffs save for the defending champion Green Bay Packers who were stunned at home by the New York Giants.
Now there are two games left before the Super Bowl in early February. Here's a look at the schedule of the AFC and NFC championships for Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012.
The Baltimore Ravens won the AFC North by beating all of the other teams in their division and earning a 12-3 mark on the season. They demolished the Houston Texans in their divisional round. The New England Patriots were 13-3 in the regular season and destroyed the Denver Broncos behind Tom Brady's six touchdown passes.
In the all-time series, the Patriots are 6-1 against the Ravens including 1-1 in playoff games. In 2000, the Patriots won 20-3 but then were walloped in the 2010 AFC playoffs by a score of 33-14. The last time these two teams met, the Patriots won 23-20.
New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers, 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX
The New York Giants have made a habit of doing the impossible. In 2008, they defeated the previously unbeaten Patriots in the Super Bowl to keep them from a perfect 19-0 season. Two weeks before that, the Giants defeated the Packers 23-20 in overtime in Brett Favre's last game in a Packers' uniform. In 2012, they beat the vaunted Packers once again to get to the NFC Championship game.
In the meantime, first year coach Jim Harbaugh and his miracle San Francisco 49ers will be playing the Giants in an NFC playoff game for the first time since 2003. ESPN reports the last two times these teams met, the Giants botched a 41-yard field goal attempt that would have won the game. The 49ers won 39-38 despite a controversial non-call for pass interference on the final play of the game. San Francisco scored 25 unanswered points to come back and win.
The 49ers lead the overall series 18-17 dating back to Nov. 9, 1952. Both clubs have played some spectacular games in the playoffs against each other and the NFC Championship should be fun to watch.
The winners of both conference championships play in Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5.
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