Looking to accomplish the same task for the second year in a row, the New England Patriots are set to host the Baltimore Ravens in an AFC Championship rematch. Everyone surely has last year's 23-20 nail-biter fresh in their mind.
These two teams met previously in 2012 back when the replacement refs were still trying to make a living. Coming down to the wire once again, Baltimore narrowly escaped defeat with a 31-30 victory at home. Of course this time Justin Tucker connected on a 27-yard field goal as time expired. The Patriots were simply wondering where Billy Cundiff was when they needed him.
Tom Brady now holds the all-time quarterback record for most playoff wins, passing Joe Montana last weekend with a win over the Texans. He threw for 344 yards and three touchdowns in that game, and the Patriots will hope for another clutch performance like that to send them to the biggest stage in all of football.
You can watch the Patriots take on the Ravens in Foxborough at 6:30 p.m. on CBS.
The pregame show for New England's matchup of course will be the NFC Championship. San Francisco heads to the Georgia Dome to face an Atlanta team that finally won its first playoff game under Mike Smith.
Matt Ryan and Colin Kaepernick will both be the key to each team's success. Ryan led a late comeback in the fourth quarter after the Seahawks took the lead with under a minute to go, while Kaepernick rushed for 181 yards and scored four total touchdowns in his first playoff start. Not a bad battle of quarterbacks on display here.
The Falcons will kickoff against the 49ers at 1:00 p.m. on FOX.