As of the morning of Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, four teams remained out of 32 that had a goal of reaching Super Bowl XLVII. By the time “Championship Sunday” was over, there were only two teams that were left and they will head to New Orleans in two weeks to play in the biggest game of the season. A game that will pit the San Francisco 49ers against the Baltimore Ravens.
The first game on Sunday was the NFC Championship Game and it saw the number one seed Atlanta Falcons welcome the San Francisco 49ers into the Georgia Dome. At the end of the day, the 49ers were not very welcome as they rallied to defeat the Falcons 28-24 and return to the Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years.
Atlanta actually held a 17-0 lead on San Francisco halfway through the second quarter. Like last week against Seattle though, the Falcons rested on their lead instead of pushing forth and attacking. Only this time, they had no last second field goal to help them out.
The Falcons entered the halftime leading 24-14, but 49ers running back Frank Gore scored two touchdowns in the second half to rally the team back for the win.
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Up second on Sunday’s schedule was the AFC Championship Game, and it pitted the surprising Baltimore Ravens against the New England Patriots. Except for one nice drive finished off with a beautiful two-yard touchdown run by Ray Rice, the Patriots controlled the entire first half. At halftime, New England led the Ravens 13-7.
Come the second half though, it was all Baltimore as the Ravens not only stiffened up their defense, but also opened up their offense. Anquan Boldin came alive and caught two touchdowns en route to Baltimore scoring 21 straight points in the first 20 minutes of the half.
From there, Tom Brady and the Patriots attempted a comeback, but a tipped ball interception is what finally ended things and the game with Baltimore winning 28-13. Ray Lewis’ career continues on for at least one more game.
Super Bowl XLVII will be played on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, and pit the Baltimore Ravens against the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans. It will also match-up two head coaches that are brothers as Jim Harbaugh of the 49ers will face off against John Harbaugh of the Ravens.
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