2013 NFL playoff schedule and bracket: Conference championships set for Sunday

Al Bello

The AFC and NFC title games are all that stand in the way of a Super Bowl appearance for the four teams remaining. Here's a look at who will be in action this weekend.

With the divisional round complete, the AFC and NFC Championships are set for Jan. 20 with four teams vying for a shot at the biggest stage in all of football. The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots both came away with victories on Sunday, sending them into matchups with the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens, respectively.

Atlanta nearly blew its first playoff win under the reign of Mike Smith and Matt Ryan. After heading into halftime leading 20-0, the Falcons let the Seahawks take a one-point lead with just 30 seconds to play. Ryan completed two quick passes, though, and Matt Bryant connected on a 49-yard field goal to put his team up 30-28 and seal the deal at the Georgia Dome.

The Falcons will host the San Francisco 49ers for a 3 p.m. ET matchup on Sunday that features the No. 1 and 2 seeds from the NFC.

The Patriots faced a much simpler task in defeating the Texans, as they cruised to a 41-28 victory. Houston managed two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to make the score appear closer than the game really was.

Now New England is set for an AFC Championship rematch of last year. The Ravens will head to Foxborough for a 6:30 p.m. ET kickoff, surely keeping in mind the 23-20 defeat they suffered at the same location in the same scenario just a season ago. Billy Cundiff isn't on the team this time around, so tying the game with a late field goal might not be an issue.

You can view the full NFL playoff bracket here.

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