Ravens, 49ers advance after NFL division playoff wins

The Baltimore Ravens rallied against the Denver Broncos for a 38-35 victory in double overtime while the San Francisco 49ers topped the Green Bay Packers 45-31.

The 49ers and Ravens are getting another shot at making the Super Bowl.

Losers in tight conference championship games a year ago, they are returning to the final step before the big game in the Big Easy after wins Saturday.

Baltimore took the long, frigid route, rallying at Denver for a 38-35 victory in double overtime in an AFC divisional playoff. The Ravens will go on to play at either New England, where they lost 23-20 in the conference championship last January, or Houston. The Patriots and Texans face off Sunday in Foxborough, Mass.

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San Francisco took the NFC game at night with a 45-31 win over Green Bay behind the running and passing of quarterback Colin Kaepernick. That gave both coaching Harbaughs victories Saturday: Jim with the 49ers, and brother John with the Ravens.

San Francisco fell in overtime to the New York Giants for the NFC title last year. The Niners will either visit Atlanta or host Seattle in next weekend's NFC championship matchup.

The wild-card Seahawks are at the Falcons in Sunday's early game.

Second-year quarterback Kaepernick made Jim Harbaugh's decision to stick with him over incumbent Alex Smith during the season look brilliant. He set a playoff record for rushing yards by a QB by running for 183 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown, and threw for 263 yards. The Niners gained 581 yards of total offense against the Packers.


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