Giants, 49ers, Ravens Head to Championship Games

Next Sunday's games will determine who advances to Super Bowl
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 15, 2012 8:49 PM CST
Giants, 49ers, Ravens Head to Championship Games
New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw runs from Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, right, during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, in Green Bay, Wis.    (Mike Roemer)

For Eli Manning and the New York Giants, Lambeau Field has become a familiar launching pad. After beating the Green Bay Packers at home for the second time in four years, they only hope this trip ends the same way—at the Super Bowl. Manning threw three touchdown passes and the Giants shocked the Packers 37-20 in an NFC divisional playoff game today. Manning threw for 330 yards, sending the Giants to San Francisco for the NFC championship game next Sunday night.

More from today's football games:

  • The San Francisco 49ers beat the New Orleans Saints in a thrilling 36-32 game today. With New Orleans poised to score on its opening possession, Donte Whitner delivered a crushing blow that knocked out running back Pierre Thomas and forced the first of five Saints turnovers. San Francisco's hard-hitting, opportunistic defense set the tone the same way it has all season, putting the 49ers back in the NFC championship for the first time since the 1997 season.
  • If style points and offensive fireworks meant anything, the Baltimore Ravens wouldn't stand a chance of making it to the AFC championship. Playing defense and protecting the football are what they do best, and that formula led to a 20-13 victory over the Houston Texans today, putting Baltimore in the AFC title game against the New England Patriots next Sunday, with the winner advancing to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis on Feb. 5.
(More AFC stories.)

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