BALTIMORE, MD - JANUARY 15: Terrell Suggs #55 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts during the third quarter of the AFC Divisional playoff game against the Houston Texans at M&T Bank Stadium on January 15, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

2012 NFL Playoff Schedule: Patriots, Ravens Will Clash For AFC Title; 49ers Host Giants

The 2012 NFL Playoffs continue with the divisional round this weekend. The 49ers advanced to the NFC title game to face the New York Giants, while the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens will face off for the AFC title.

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NFL Playoff Bracket 2012 Update: Denver Broncos Out As NE Patriots Play Baltimore Ravens For AFC Title

The road to Indianapolis and Super Bowl XLVI run through Foxborough and San Francisco on this coming Sunday. Unfortunately for Denver Broncos fans that means the team won't be playing for a spot in the Super Bowl, as they fell to the Patriots on Saturday night, 45-10. It was a game that was almost exclusively filled with Tom Brady highlights. However, Brady and the Patriots shouldn't have that easy of a time with the Ravens, a team whose defensive dominance has been among the best in the league for at least a decade now. The Ravens defeated the Houston Texans, 20-13, on Sunday afternoon to return to the conference championship game for the first time since the 2008 season.

Related: Updated Printable 2012 NFL Playoff Bracket

As for the NFC, the Giants must travel from the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field to the land of the Golden Gate Bridge to face the 49ers. The Giants knocked off the 15-1 Green Bay Packers, 37-20, to face another road test. The 49ers defeated the New Orleans Saints on Saturday afternoon, 36-32, in memorable and emotional fashion. The 49ers came up with the victory with just seconds left on the clock.

Here is the schedule for the Conference Championship Round:

Baltimore Ravens (12-4) vs. New England Patriots (13-3), Sunday, Jan. 22, 1:00 p.m. MT, CBS
New York Giants (9-7) vs. San Francisco 49ers (13-3), Sunday, Jan. 22, 4:30 p.m. MT, FOX

For more news and notes on the league, visit SB Nation NFL.


NFL Playoff Bracket And Schedule 2012 Update: 49ers, Patriots Advance To Conference Title Games

On Sunday, we'll find out the other half of the 2012 NFL Playoff bracket. The San Francisco 49ers and the New England Patriots each notched their places in the conference championship round with victories on the opposite ends of the spectrum.

More: Printable 2012 NFL Playoff Bracket (PDF)

The 49ers had a back-and-forth game with the New Orleans Saints over the final four minutes or so of the game but ultimately prevailed, 36-32. A Darren Sproles 44-yard touchdown pass put the Saints up, 24-23, but almost two minutes later Alex Smith ran 28 yards on a third down to score the go-ahead score, 29-24. However, Jimmy Graham caught and ran for a 66-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees with a bit more than 90 seconds left on the clock. That, though, was enough time for Alex Smith to again lead a scoring drive, throwing a 14-yard pass to Vernon Davis for the final touchdown of the game with just nine seconds left on the clock.

The 49ers will play the winner of Sunday's game between the Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants (2:30 p.m. MT, FOX).

The Patriots won its first playoff game in four years by delivering a deadly offensive attack to the Denver Broncos. Tom Brady threw six touchdown passes, including three to tight end Rob Gronkowski. Tim Tebow and the entire Broncos team struggled, but somehow picked up 252 total yards.

The Patriots will face the winner of Sunday's early afternoon game between the Houston Texans and the Baltimore Ravens (11:00 a.m. MT, CBS).

For more news and notes on the league, visit SB Nation NFL.

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