The San Francisco 49ers are set to compete in the NFC Championship game after triumphing over the Green Bay Packers on Saturday. Simultaneously, the Baltimore Ravens navigated bitter cold temperatures to dominate the Houston Texans, securing their spot in the AFC Championship for the first time since the 2012 season.
In a defensive battle, the Baltimore Ravens secured a 34-10 victory over the Houston Texans, marking their return to the AFC Championship game, a stage they last graced during their Super Bowl-winning 2012 season.
Later on Saturday, the San Francisco 49ers clinched a 24-21 win against the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
The 49ers will host the winner of Sunday’s NFC Divisional matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions on January 28, aiming for their fourth conference title game appearance in the last five years. Meanwhile, the Ravens, making history, will host the Super Bowl-deciding game for the first time in franchise history on January 28, facing the winner of Sunday’s AFC Divisional matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills.
Key Highlights from Saturday’s Games:
San Francisco 49ers Heading to NFC Championship Game: The first half of the game witnessed a defensive struggle, with the 49ers securing the sole touchdown with a 32-yard pass from quarterback Brock Purdy to tight end George Kittle, establishing a 7-3 lead.
Despite the Packers narrowing the gap to 7-6 with a field goal, the 49ers mounted a drive just before halftime. However, the Packers blocked the 48-yard field goal attempt, maintaining a 7-6 score at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Packers took a 13-7 lead with a 19-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jordan Love to wide receiver Bo Melton. Both teams traded scores, resulting in a 21-14 score heading into the fourth quarter.
With just over a minute left, the 49ers seized control, with star running back Christian McCaffrey scoring his second rushing touchdown, leading to a 24-21 victory. Despite a late attempt by the Packers, Love’s interception by 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw sealed the win.
Quarterback Purdy concluded the game with 252 yards passing and a touchdown, while McCaffrey contributed 98 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Ravens Victory Over the Houston Texans: In challenging cold conditions at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, the first half remained closely contested, with a 3-3 tie in the first quarter. Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson then connected with wide receiver Nelson Agholor for a three-yard touchdown, briefly giving Baltimore the lead.
A 67-yard punt return by Steven Sims for a touchdown tied the score at 10. However, the Ravens’ strong defensive performance limited the Texans, and a missed field goal attempt by Houston just before halftime preserved the Ravens’ 10-10 lead.
In the second half, Jackson’s 15-yard rushing touchdown extended the Ravens’ lead to 17-10, setting the tone for their dominance. Jackson added another passing touchdown and rushing touchdown, securing a 31-10 lead, with a late field goal solidifying their victory.
Quarterback Jackson concluded the game with 152 yards passing and two touchdowns, along with 100 yards on the ground and two rushing touchdowns.
The Ravens’ victory was highlighted by Jackson’s stellar performance, positioning them for their first AFC Championship appearance since the 2012 season.