NFL Playoffs 2012, Conference Championship Weekend: Giants, Patriots Set For Rematch In Super Bowl XLVI

The New England Patriots are heading back to the Super Bowl and will face the New York Giants. It's a rematch of Super Bowl XLII.

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Ravens Vs. Patriots Final Score: New England Adds Baltimore To List Of Victories On Way To Super Bowl XLVI Berth

The New England Patriots are back in the Super Bowl for the first time since 2008, the year the Patriots went undefeated right up until they lost the big game. On Saturday, the Patriots defeated the Baltimore Ravens, 23-20, but they needed to sweat out the victory.

Relayed: Updated 2012 NFL Bracket

Joe Flacco led the Ravens on a two-minute drive with the chance to win the game. Flacco converted a 3rd-and-1 for a big gain to reach the 23-yard line of the Patriots. But the drive stalled. A potential touchdown catch slipped out of a receiver's hands. Then there was the Billy Cundiff field goal attempt to tie the game. It was a miss:


The Patriots kneeled the ball with seconds left and won the game. I guess the Ravens could have used Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater there. We all know that Prater is cool as ice and copacetic with kicking field goals in such pressure-filled situations.

This sets up a potential rematch in the Super Bowl with the New York Giants should they defeat the New England Patriots.

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NFL Playoff TV Schedule, Game Times For AFC, NFC Championship Games

On Sunday night, we'll learn which teams are in Super Bowl XLVI. Will we see the Baltimore Ravens, the AFC North winners, upset the New England Patriots, who throttled the Denver Broncos one week earlier? Or will Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez be too much to handle? The Ravens have one of the top defenses in the league, but will they be able to perform on the road? Yet, this game could come down to Joe Flacco's ability to perform well at Gillette, where he has had a horror show of games there. He was 4-of-10 passing two years ago in a playoff game at Gillette.

Related: A Broncos Fan's Guide To Rooting During Championship Weekend | 2012 NFL Playoff Picks

And then we have the New York Giants looking to upset the San Francisco 49ers. The Giants last saw the 49ers in the playoffs in Jan. 2003. That game, of course, ended with long snapper Trey Junkin botching the snap for the game-winning field goal for the Giants. The Niners escaped with the victory, but then a loss to the Buccaneers the next week would keep the team out of the playoffs until this season. With a revived Alex Smith leading the Niners will his team be able to knock off an Eli Manning who is playing his usual postseason game?

Baltimore Ravens (12-4) vs. New England Patriots (13-3), 1:00 p.m. MT, CBS - Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA

New York Giants (9-7) vs. San Francisco 49ers (13-3), 4:30 p.m. MT, FOX - Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA

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2012 NFL Playoffs: A Denver Broncos Fan's Guide To Rooting During Conference Championship Weekend

The 2012 NFL Playoffs continue on Sunday with the AFC and NFC Championship games. For whom should Denver Broncos fans be rooting?

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