The 2012 NFC Championship Game saw a hard-fought and close affair, as was predicted by most. In the end, the New York Giants defeated the hometown San Francisco 49ers in overtime by a final score of 20-17.
John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal reported that the game drew a 33.4 rating, which is up from the 33.0 rating that the 2011 Championship Game pulled in. Last year's contest saw the Green Bay Packers defeat the Chicago Bears as a prelude to winning the Super Bowl.
It should be noted that this year's NFC Championship Game had a 6:30 p.m. EST time, while last year's was at 3:30 p.m.. This may have played a factor in the rating, but the matchup between the Giants and 49ers was seen as far less of a predictable outcome than the 2011 edition.
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