After an upset and late comeback victory shook the NFL playoff landscape, the AFC and NFC championship games have a bit of a different look than many expected. Both games will be played on Sunday with the NFC Championship up first.
San Francisco at Atlanta. 3 p.m. ET, FOX
After a rocky start, the San Francisco 49ers pulled away from the Green Bay Packes in a 45-31 victory in the divisional round. The 49ers watched on Sunday to see who they would face in the NFC Championship game and after a late comeback, it appeared San Francisco would stay home and host the Seattle Seahawks. The Atlanta Falcons, however, mounted a comeback of their own and advanced with a 30-28 win.
The 49ers will now travel to Atlanta to face a Falcons team which is 8-1 at home this season, including the playoffs. San Francisco went 5-3 on the road this season and could pose matchup problems for the Falcons. Atlanta struggled against mobile quarterbacks this season, leading to the possibility of another big game for Colin Kaepernick.
Baltimore at New England, 6:30 p.m. ET, CBS
While many predicted the Denver Broncos would host the AFC Championship game, it is instead the New England Patriots hosting the Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore upset Denver 38-35 in overtime last week to advance. The Patriots, led by their high-powered offense, knocked off the Houston Texans 41-28.
Sunday's game will be the second straight season the two teams have met in the AFC Championship game. New England beat Baltimore 23-20 last season.