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Sunday's Games

By Associated Press

POSTED:
LAST UPDATED: 02:55 a.m. HST, Jan 21, 2012



AFC CHAMPIONSHIP

10 A.M.

RAVENS@PATS

TV KGMB (7) • RADIO 1420/1110 AM

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES

BALTIMORE (13-4) vs. NEW ENGLAND (14-3)

» Opening line — Patriots by 7 1⁄2
» Record vs. spread — Baltimore 8-8-1; New England 10-7
» Series record — Patriots lead 6-1
» Last meeting — Patriots defeated Ravens 23-20 OT, Oct. 17, 2010
» Last week — Ravens defeated Texans 20-12; Patriots defeated Broncos 45-10

Baltimore: In only previous playoff game between teams, Ravens won 33-14 Jan. 10, 2010 after building 24-0 first-quarter lead. ... Joe Flacco threw 10 passes in that game. ... Flacco only quarterback since 1970 NFL-AFL merger to reach playoffs in each of first four seasons. ... Baltimore in AFC championship game for second time in four seasons but has been in one Super Bowl, beating New York Giants 34-7 to cap 2000 season. ... Ravens 7-0 against playoff teams this season, including postseason victory over Texans. They are 4-4 on road. ... RB Ray Rice led NFL with 129.3 total yards from scrimmage per game. In three games against Patriots, his average is 145.7. ... LB Terrell Suggs’ 14 sacks were most in AFC. ... Baltimore 12-4 for second consecutive season but won AFC North title for first time since 2006. ... Ravens have won seven of last eight games, including postseason.

COMPARATIVE STATISTICS

OFFENSE RAVENS PATRIOTS
Overall 15th 2nd
Rush 10th 20th
Pass 19th 4th
DEFENSE RAVENS PATRIOTS
Overall 3rd 31st
Rush 2nd 17th
Pass 4th 31st
New England: Patriots win would put them in Super Bowl for seventh time and fifth in 11 years. They’ve won three. ... Tom Brady has thrown touchdown pass in 18 straight postseason games, two behind Brett Favre’s league record. ... Wes Welker has 40 catches in five playoff games. He missed postseason game against Ravens after injuring knee in regular-season finale. ... Rob Gronkowski caught three touchdown passes from Brady in playoff game against Denver after setting NFL regular-season record for tight ends with 17 touchdown receptions. ... WR Deion Branch had 85 yards receiving against Broncos, setting team career postseason record of 773. Troy Brown held mark of 694. ... CB Kyle Arrington tied for NFL lead with seven interceptions on a defense that gave up second-most yards in league. ... New England 3-0 at home in AFC championship games. ... Patriots have won last nine games.

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NFC CHAMPIONSHIP

1:30 P.M.

GIANTS@NINERS

TV KHON (3) • RADIO 1420/1110 AM

NEW YORK (11-7) at SAN FRANCISCO (14-3)

» Opening line — 49ers by 1
» Record vs. spread — New York 10-8; San Francisco 12-4-1
» Series record— 49ers lead 18-17
» Last meeting — 49ers defeated Giants 27-20, Nov. 13, 2011
» Last week— Giants defeated Packers 37-20; 49ers defeated Saints 36-32

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES
New York: Giants won only previous NFC championship meeting 15-13 in January 1991. ... QB Eli Manning set NFL record with 15 TD passes in fourth quarter this season. He has added two more in playoffs and has 113.6 passer rating in fourth quarter. ... Manning has thrown three TD passes in three straight games. ... Giants averaging 112.7 yards rushing per game over past seven contests after averaging 82.3 in first 11. ... Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks one of only two wide receiving duos to each top 1,000 yards with Cruz finishing third in NFL with 1,536 (Nicks had 1,192). ... Coach Tom Coughlin can tie Tom Landry for most road playoff wins by winning seventh this week. ... Giants finished tied for third in NFL with 48 sacks in regular season and have 17 over past four games.

COMPARATIVE STATISTICS

OFFENSE GIANTS 49ERS
Overall 8th 26th
Rush 32nd 8th
Pass 5th 29th
DEFENSE GIANTS 49ERS
Overall 27th 4th
Rush 19th 1st
Pass 29th 16th
San Francisco: 49ers allowed 44 sacks in regular season, most for any playoff team. ... Vernon Davis had 180 yards receiving last week against New Orleans, setting postseason record for tight ends. ... 49ers led NFL with plus-28 turnover margin in regular season and were plus-4 last week against Saints, getting five turnovers and giving it away once. ... QB Alex Smith has gone 201 straight passes without an interception. ... K David Akers has 156 career points against Giants, most for any active player. ... 49ers one of three teams to call runs on more than half their plays in regular season. ... 49ers WRs had seven catches for 48 yards last week. ... RB Frank Gore had 13 carries for 89 yards last week after averaging 3.5 yards per carry over final eight regular-season games. ... Rookie Aldon Smith has 71⁄2 sacks over last six games, including one last week against Drew Brees. ... With a win, Jim Harbaugh would become sixth rookie coach to go to Super Bowl.






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