The 5 Best Highlights of NFL's Conference Championship Weekend

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IJanuary 20, 2013

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 20:  Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin #81 in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium on January 20, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Championship weekend in the NFL was loaded with fireworks, and we have the biggest highlights from both games in one spot for your viewing pleasure. 

The San Francisco 49ers headed to Atlanta to face the Falcons in the early game, where they overcame an early 17-0 deficit to win by a score of 28-24.

Then in the late game, the New England Patriots hosted the Baltimore Ravens in a rematch of last year's AFC Championship tilt. The Ravens exacted their revenge, winning decisively by a score of 28-13.

Now, on to the highlights!


49ers vs. Falcons

Julio Jones Dominates the 49ers Secondary

Jones had a breakout performance against the 49ers on Sunday, catching eight passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns—both of which occurred in the first half. 

His play in the first half spurred the Falcons to a 24-14 lead at halftime, but the Falcons would not score again, as the 49ers defense stiffened.


Vernon Davis Comes To Life

After being an almost nonexistent part of the 49ers' game plan for most of the second half of the 2012 season, Davis had a huge game against the Falcons.

Davis finished the game with five receptions for 106 yards and a crucial touchdown late in the first half to pull the 49ers to within three points and get back into the game.


Frank Gore Finishes the Game with Two Late Touchdowns

The 49ers, admirably, didn't abandon the running game after the Falcons went up, 17-0.

Gore didn't crack 100 yards, but his two late touchdown runs—one from five yards out, and one from nine yards out—sealed the victory for the 49ers, who won the game by a score of 28-24 and will now head to New Orleans to face the Ravens.


Ravens vs. Patriots

Joe Flacco Throws for Three Touchdowns

Flacco outplayed Tom Brady in a big way on Sunday, passing for 240 yards and three touchdowns while taking excellent care of the football.

He hit seven different receivers throughout the game, and his two late touchdowns to Anquan Boldin sealed the victory for the road team. 


Tom Brady Throws Two Costly Picks

Brady was frustrated by the Ravens defense all game long. 

Although Terrell Suggs and company didn't register a single sack, the Ravens hit Brady seven times and forced him into two interceptions that cost his team valuable possessions and points. 

Brady was only able to connect on one touchdown pass on Sunday—a one-yard strike to Wes Welker in the second quarter. This was a game in which Rob Gronkowski was sorely missed.


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