The matchups have been set. New England, San Francisco, Baltimore and Atlanta have all advanced to their respective NFL Conference Championship Games and will square off on Sunday, Jan. 20.
It’s the last stop before Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans and will feature some of the biggest names in the game.
Let’s take a look at where and when to catch these championship game matchups.
AFC Championship Game
No. 4 Baltimore Ravens at No. 2 New England Patriots
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Date: Sunday, Jan. 20
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Tom Brady has led the New England Patriots to five Super Bowl appearances in the 12 years he has been with the team, winning three. Brady is also 5-1 in championship games.
Joe Flacco has tasted postseason success but hasn’t been able to get over the hump and into the league’s biggest game. Those struggles have persisted mostly due to the presence of Brady and the Patriots.
New England has beaten the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game before, in 2012. The Ravens got the better of Brady and the Pats in the 2009 playoffs, knocking New England out in the Wild Card Round in blowout fashion.
It’s surprising that they have both been as good as they both have been over the past decade and only met twice in the postseason. That changes this weekend.
NFC Championship Game
No. 2 San Francisco 49ers at No. 1 Atlanta Falcons
Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
Date: Sunday, Jan. 20
Time: 3 p.m. ET
On the NFC side of things, San Francisco is rolling after a two-score win over the Green Bay Packers. It wasn’t even that close, either. The 49ers were propelled by sophomore QB Colin Kaepernick, who only began starting after a Week 10 concussion to Alex Smith handed him the job.
Atlanta, the NFC’s No. 1 seed, blew out the Seattle Seahawks until the fourth quarter in their divisional round matchup. They proceeded to blow a 20-point lead only to come back after getting the ball back with less than 30 ticks left on the clock.
It was a big win for a team seeking its first playoff win in the Matt Ryan era.
Can the Falcons turn that win into a positive and do the unthinkable by beating the red-hot 49ers?
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