Capsules for NFL Conference Championship games
49ers (12-4-1) at Falcons (14-3)
When: 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta
TV/Radio: Fox/670 AM
Line: 49ers by 4
Series: 49ers lead 44-29-1
Last meeting: Falcons 16-14 on Oct. 3, 2010
Last week: 49ers 45, Packers 31; Falcons 30, Seahawks 28
49ers in championship game: 5-8 with wins in 1982, '85, '89, '90, '95 and losses in 1971, '72, '84, '91, '93, '94, '98, '2012.
Falcons in championship game: 1-1 with win in 1999 and loss in 2005
49ers FYI: Coach Jim Harbaugh is only eighth coach since 1970 to win division titles in first two seasons. … Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has passed for 12 TDs with four INT's and rushed for four TDs while posting 6-2 record as starter. … Kaepernick set NFL record for QB in any game with 181 rushing yards and two rushing TDs. Otto Graham (twice) and Jay Cutler only other QBs with at least two passing TDs and two rushing TDs in a postseason game. … Running back Frank Gore had 119 yards and a TD against Packers. … Receiver Randy Moss has 10 TD catches in postseason, tied for third in NFL history.
Falcons FYI: Have won last four games against 49ers since 2001 when San Francisco won two OT games in 2001. … Set NFL record for 16- game schedule with 55 penalties for 415 yards. Giants had second-fewest penalties with 72. … First time Atlanta will host NFC championship game. … Tight end Tony Gonzalez, named to 13th Pro Bowl this season, earned first postseason with win last week. … Defensive end John Abraham led Falcons with 10 sacks, giving him 126 for career, most for any active player. … Thomas DeCoud and William Moore were only NFL duo at safety to each have at least four INT's.
SVM pick: 49ers 37-20
Ravens (12-6) at Patriots (13-4)
When: 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
TV/Radio: CBS/670 AM
Line: Patriots by 8 1/2
Series: Patriots lead 7-2
Last meeting: Ravens 31-30 on Sept. 23, 2012
Last week: Ravens 38, Broncos 35, 2OT; Patriots 41, Texans 28
Ravens in championship game: 1-2 with win in 2001 and losses in 2009 and 2012
Patriots in championship game: 6-1 with wins in 1986, 2002, '04, '05, '08, '12 and loss in 2007
Ravens FYI: Beat Patriots with 27-yard field goal on last play in Sept. … 8-5 postseason road record is best in NFL for teams with minimum of 10 road games. … Gained 503 yards in win over Patriots. … Quarterback Joe Flacco is 2-3 vs. Patriots with nine TDS and four INTs. … Receiver Torrey Smith has nine catches for 209 yards and three TDS in two career games vs. Patriots. … Linebacker Paul Kruger led Ravens in regular season with nine sacks. He had at leas on in six of last eight regular-season games and has 2 1/2 in playoffs. … Linebacker Ray Lewis is retiring after 17th season. He has 30 tackles in two playoff game this season.
Patriots FYI: 14-3 at home in playoffs. … Quarterback Tom Brady is 7-6 in postseason after starting 10-0. … Brady's 78.4 passer rating in seven career games against Ravens is lowest against any opponent. … Third-string running back Shane Vereen scored three TDs – one rushing, two receiving – against TExans last week. Only other players with two TD receptions and one rushing TD in same playoff game were Roger Craig and Ricky Watters. … Running back Danny Woodhead expected back after injuring thumb on first play against Texans and missing rest of the game. … Led NFL with 427.9 yards and 34.8 points per game.
SVM pick: Patriots 28-27