NFL Playoffs Schedule: Patriots, Giants Move Onto Super Bowl

The Patriots and Giants both won on Championship Sunday which means they'll meet in Indianapolis for a Super Bowl rematch.

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NFL Playoff Schedule 2012: Giants-49ers Will Meet In NFC Championship

The New York Giants waltzed into Lambeau Field and took it right to the Green Bay Packers, knocking off the defending Super Bowl champions to book a ticket to the NFC Championship. The big winner in all of this might be the San Francisco 49ers, who will now host the Giants next weekend for a trip to the Super Bowl. For the Niners, Sunday's developments clearly beat the alternative of having to head to Lambeau for the NFC Championship.

The latest NFL playoff bracket update can be found here.

And with that, the championship round of the NFL playoffs is set. On one side of the bracket, the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots will battle for the AFC Championship at Foxborough. On the other, the Giants and Niners square-off in San Francisco for the NFC title. Both games get underway next Sunday.

Here's a look at the full schedule on the NFC side.

Divisional Round

San Francisco 49ers defeat New Orleans Saints, 36-32

New York Giants defeat Green Bay Packers, 37-20

League Championship

Sunday, Jan. 22: NFC Championship, San Francisco 49ers vs. New York Giants at 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX

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2012 NFL Playoff Schedule And Bracket Update: Ravens Join Patriots In AFC Championship

A late interception from the Baltimore Ravens future Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed wrapped up a win over the Houston Texans in the AFC Divisional round of the playoffs. The Ravens punched their ticket to the AFC Championship with a 20-13 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday afternoon. It's the first time the Ravens will battle for the AFC Championship since the 2008 season.

Baltimore lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the eventual Super Bowl champs, in their last trip that deep into the playoffs. This time, they will travel to face a red hot New England Patriots team, one almost guaranteed to score more points than the Houston Texans.

Download the updated NFL Playoff Bracket.

Divisional Round

San Francisco 49ers defeat New Orleans Saints, 36-34

New England Patriots defeat Denver Broncos, 45-10

Baltimore Ravens defeat Houston Texans, 20-13

Sunday, Jan. 15: New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers, 4:30 p.m. ET on FOX

League Championship

Sunday, Jan. 22: AFC Championship, New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens at 3 p.m. ET on CBS

Sunday, Jan. 22: NFC Championship, San Francisco 49ers vs. New York Giants/Green Bay Packers at 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX

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2012 NFL Playoff Schedule And Bracket Update: New England Patriots Advance To AFC Championship

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The New England Patriots are through to the AFC Championship after putting away the Denver Broncos with ease on Sunday night, 45-10. It was never close as Tom Brady threw six touchdowns and the Patriots offense carved up the Denver defense, leaving no doubt about the outcome. As a result, New England is one game away from a trip to the Super Bowl.

The Patriots join the San Francisco 49ers in booking a ticket to league championship weekend. San Francisco will face either the Green Bay Packers or New York Giants next Sunday, while the Patriots will face the Baltimore Ravens or Houston Texans.

The latest printable NFL playoff bracket update can be found here. The full remaining schedule can be found below.

Divisional Round

San Francisco 49ers def. New Orleans Saints, 36-32

New England Patriots def. Denver Broncos

Sunday, Jan. 15: Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. ET on CBS

Sunday, Jan. 15: New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers, 4:30 p.m. ET on FOX

League Championship

Sunday, Jan. 22: AFC Championship, New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens at 3 p.m. ET on CBS

Sunday, Jan. 22: NFC Championship, San Francisco 49ers vs. New York Giants at 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX

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2012 NFL Playoff Schedule And Bracket Update: San Francisco 49ers Advance To NFC Championship

After about 50 minutes of boring football, the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints combined for one heck of a finish to open the divisional round of the 2012 NFL playoffs. It was back-and-forth throughout the final quarter as the Saints and Niners traded blows, setting up a frantic finish in San Francisco.

After New Orleans took a three-point lead with time running out, Alex Smith took the field and engineered an incredible drive, capped by an absolute bullet of a touchdown pass to Vernon Davis to give the Niners a four-point lead. With only nine seconds on the clock, New Orleans was unable to find the magic one more time, and Jim Harbaugh was through to the NFC Championship in his first season at the helm.

The latest printable NFL playoff bracket update can be found here.

The Niners will play either the Green Bay Packers or New York Giants next Sunday in the final game before the Super Bowl. The full remaining schedule can be found below.

Divisional Round

San Francisco 49ers def. New Orleans Saints, 36-32

Saturday, Jan 14: Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots, 8:30 p.m. on CBS

Sunday, Jan. 15: Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. ET on CBS

Sunday, Jan. 15: New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers, 4:30 p.m. ET on FOX

League Championship

Sunday, Jan. 22: AFC Championship, Denver Broncos/New England Patriots vs. Houston Texans/Baltimore Ravens at 3 p.m. ET on CBS

Sunday, Jan. 22: NFC Championship, San Francisco 49ers vs. New York Giants/Green Bay Packers at 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX

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NFL Playoff Schedule: Broncos Advance, Will Face Patriots

Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos pulled off an improbable overtime win over the Pittsburgh Steelers and will face the New England Patriots on Saturday, January 14.

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Updated NFL Playoffs Bracket: Tim Tebow Sets Up Broncos Vs. Patriots In Divisional Round

Tim Tebow found Demaryius Thomas on the first play of overtime in the Denver Broncos' thrilling 29-23 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the final game of the 2012 NFL playoffs' Wild Card Weekend, and finalized the full Divisional Round schedule for next weekend.

Tebow's Broncos will head to New England to face off with Tom Brady's Patriots, which routed them in Denver in December.

All four home teams won their Wild Card Weekend games, leaving no seed lower than a No. 4 remaining in the 2012 NFL playoffs.

Download and print the entire 2012 playoffs schedule, which is updated with the Giants beating the Falcons.

We know three of the four games next weekend:

Saturday, January 14

New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers, 4:30 p.m., FOX

Denver Broncos at New England Patriots, 8:00 p.m., CBS

Sunday, January 15

Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens, 1:00 p.m., CBS

New York Giants at Green Bay Packers, 4:30 p.m., FOX

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NFL Playoff Bracket 2012 Updated After Saturday's Games

Half of the divisional round matchups are set as the 2012 NFL playoffs roll on with the second slate of games on wild card weekend. On Saturday, it was all chalk as the higher-seeded teams took care of business on both the AFC and NFC side, setting up two No. 2 vs. No. 3 seed matchups in the next round. The NFL playoff bracket is coming into focus, with only the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots awaiting their opponents.

Download and print the latest bracket for the 2012 NFL playoffs.

On Saturday afternoon, the Houston Texans emerged victorious, advancing to the divisional round with a 31-10 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Arian Foster was strong throughout and T.J. Yates won the battle of rookie quarterbacks, besting Andy Dalton -- who melted down in a big way -- to take the win. Houston advances to play the Baltimore Ravens next weekend.

In the evening matchup, the New Orleans Saints actually trailed the Detroit Lions at the half before opening it up in the second half. Drew Brees and the Saints' offense were prolific, racking up 626 yards of total offense in a 45-28 win. New Orleans moves forward to face the San Francisco 49ers, winners of the NFC West, in the next round.

For more on these games, stay tuned to our NFL hub. Be sure to check out the full NFL playoff schedule over at SI.com.

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2012 NFL Playoff Schedule: NFC Wild Card Game Times And TV Coverage

We still don't know which team will emerge from the NFC East, but the NFL playoff schedule for the wild card round is all set. At present, the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys are battling for the final playoff spot in the NFC, and the winner will host the Atlanta Falcons.

The New Orleans Saints hold the highest seed without a bye, No. 3 overall, and will host the Detroit Lions, who earned the No. 6 seed after a Week 17 loss. The Atlanta Falcons blew out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 17, earning the No. 5 seed and the right to face the NFC East champion, which will be the No. 4 seed no matter what.

Here's a look at the schedule for the NFC wild card weekend.

Saturday, Jan. 7

Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints, 8 p.m. Eastern on NBC

Sunday, Jan. 8

Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants/Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. Eastern on FOX

The Green Bay Packers, the No. 1 seed, and San Francisco 49ers, the No. 2 seed, will both be idle this coming weekend, having earned first-round byes.

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NFL Playoff Schedule 2012: Divisional Round Features Packers, Patriots

The Divisional Round of the 2012 NFL playoffs may not have match-ups set just yet, but the Divisional Round schedule is already set, and puts the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots on in prime time.

As originally revealed on NBC's Sunday Night Football broadcast and confirmed by the NFL (PDF), the Packers, who carry the NFL's best record and the NFC's No. 1 seed into the playoffs, will be the late afternoon game on Sunday, January 15 on FOX. The Patriots, the No. 1 seed in the AFC, get the night game on Saturday, January 14 on CBS.

The early games fall to the San Francisco 49ers on January 14 and the Baltimore Ravens on January 15.

The Packers and Patriots will play the lowest remaining seeds in their respective conferences; the 49ers and Ravens will get the highest remaining seeds.

Here's the TV schedule for the Divisional Round of the 2012 NFL playoffs:

Saturday, January 14

Highest remaining seed in NFC (New Orleans Saints/New York Giants OR Dallas Cowboys/Atlanta Falcons) at San Francisco 49ers, 4:30 p.m., FOX

Lowest remaining seed in AFC (Denver Broncos/Pittsburgh Steelers/Cincinnati Bengals) at New England Patriots, 8:00 p.m., CBS

Sunday, January 15

Highest remaining seed in AFC (Houston Texans/Denver Broncos/Pittsburgh Steelers) at Baltimore Ravens, 1:00 p.m., CBS

Lowest remaining seed in NFC (New York Giants OR Dallas Cowboys/Atlanta Falcons/Detroit Lions) at Green Bay Packers, 4:30 p.m., FOX

For more on the 2012 NFL playoffs, head to SB Nation's NFL hub.

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