The 2012 NFL season has come down to this: four teams, batting in their respective conference championship games, with berths in the Super Bowl on the line. Will fans be getting an epic rematch of the Giants and Patriots in the big game? Can Baltimore shock New England at their house again in the playoffs? Will the Super Bowl be a brotherly affair? We will just have to wait and see.
Below the jump, Sunday's NFL Championship Game schedule.
No. 2 Baltimore Ravens at No. 1 New England Patriots: New England is coming off a monstrous 45-10 blowout of the Denver Broncos, and with a win Sunday would be making their fifth Super Bowl appearance in the past 11 seasons. Baltimore will look to its defense to get them to the big game: the Ravens rank third in the league in points allowed (16.6) and yards per game allowed (288.9) and were first in the AFC in sacks (48). (CBS, 3:00 p.m.)
No. 4 New York Giants at No. 2 San Francisco 49ers: The Giants, 4-0 all time in NFC Championship games, look to continue their late season roll and play their way into the Super Bowl after appearing dead in the water with three weeks to go in the regular season. The 49ers are in the playoffs for the first time in nine seasons, and are coming off a heart-pounding 36-32 victory of the New Orleans Saints last weekend. San Francisco and New York have met seven previous times in the playoffs, with the 49ers holding a 4-3 edge. (FOX, 6:30 p.m.)